Is there anything better than cookies? These Pecan Ball Cookies are perfect for the holidays and they are easy to make.

Pecan Ball Cookies   

Every year the holiday season rolls around and all I want to do is bake. First, it was the Chocolate Crinkle Cookies and now I’m sharing these Pecan Ball Cookies. My husband and I both agree that these cookies remind us of Christmas time. Growing up I remember heading to my grandmother’s house around the holidays and when I walked through the door the aroma in the house was filled with freshly baked goodies. They ranged from kolaches (not pigs in the blanket), thumbprint cookies, brownies, lemon bars, chow mein noodle cookies, and these Pecan Ball Cookies. 

Pecan Ball Cookies

It’s been SO LONG since I’ve made or tasted these Pecan Ball Cookies that I forgot just how good they taste.  When the kids tried them out this past weekend, they said it reminded them of donut holes. (Maybe we eat way too many donuts.) These cookies are best out of the oven and rolled in sifted powdered sugar, not once but twice! They are soft, doughy cookies, but they have a bit of crunch with the added pecans. The powdered sugar gives them that extra sweetness with every single bite. 

Pecan Ball Cookies

These cookies are perfect for the holidays, especially if you are wanting an excellent nostalgic Christmas recipe. If you are baking a tin of goodies for your co-workers, friends, or family members, these would be perfect for an edible Christmas gift. 

Yield: 24 cookies

Pecan Ball Cookies

Pecan Ball Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter flavor
  • 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine butter, sugar, vanilla and butter flavor.
  3. In a separate bowl add flour and salt. Slowly incorporate it into the large mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in the pecans.
  5. Roll the dough into 1-inch size pieces and place on non-stick baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Let them cool for 2 minutes and then roll in powdered sugar.
  8. Roll them once more after they have completely cooled down.

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ENJOY – Meagan 

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