Crumbly powdered sugar coated cookies made with chopped pecans are often served at Southern weddings. This recipe, from Georgia home cook Tweet Moore, first appeared in our November 2013 issue with Wendell Brock's story Southern Belle.
- 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
- 6 tbsp. plus 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 3⁄4 cups flour
- 2 cups finely chopped pecans
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Heat oven to 275°. Using a hand mixer, whip butter and 6 tbsp. sugar in a bowl until fluffy. Slowly add flour; beat until combined. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Shape dough into 3⁄4" balls; place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway, until cookies are set, 25–30 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Place remaining 1 cup sugar in a shallow dish; roll cookies in sugar until completely coated.