Growing up, my mother would make cookies that my father called pecan sandies. They were delicate, delicious little bites of crumbly, buttery cookie encased in a dusting of powdery confectioners sugar. Mother would make her pecan sandies for family showers or brunches and especially at Christmas.
I’m sure you’ve had this traditional cookie before yourself.
They go by many different names from wedding cookies to tea cookies and everything in between.
When Little Buddy was about three years old, I made them for Christmas. Not sure that he wanted to taste one, he asked, “what did you put in those snow cookies?” His name for them has stuck around our house. This week when we saw a light dusting of snow falling in the south, I decided snow cookies would be a perfect cookie to make.
Here’s how I make them.
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- ½ cup confectioner’s sugar (plus more for rolling baked cookies)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer.
- Add flour, pecans and vanilla.
- Mix until well-combined.
- Scoop teaspoon of dough and roll between your palms to form a ball.
- Place on parchment lined baking pan.
- Bake 12 minutes, until lightly golden.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Roll in confectioner’s sugar.
No matter what name you use to refer to these heavenly pieces of confection, they are a must make cookie. Quick, easy, and definitely delicious.