Everyone has their food staples for every holiday season. Some of these holiday delights originate from religion, some from heritage or even from tradition. One of my most favorite Christmas time treats are more of the traditional variety. Every year my grandmother and I would make pecan sandies together. It was was and always will be one of my most cherished memories. I have yet to have made a batch this year, mostly due to lack of time and space. Rest assured I will be whipping up a batch of these gems when I go home for Christmas this year. So today I bequeath to you G-ma’s recipe.
1 2/3 cup of powdered sugar.
2 sticks of butter
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract (I like to add just a touch more)
2 Tablespoons of water
1 cup of chopped pecans
Cream together 2/3 cup of powdered sugar and butter. Blend in the flour and vanilla extract. If mixture seems a little dry you can add in 2 T of water. Mix in the pecans. Take bits of dough and roll into small balls. I find it easier to use a tablespoon coated in flour to gather the dough. It also insures they are all similar in size. Place the dough on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until they are lightly brown. Allow cookies to cool completely. Once cooled take 1 cup of powdered sugar, place in a bowl and roll the cookies to until completely coated.