Pecan Puffs

These Pecan Puffs are the perfect combination of crumbly and soft. They literally melt in your mouth!

Day 8 of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!  

These Pecan Puffs (a.k.a. Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes)  are the perfect combination of crumbly and soft. They literally melt in your mouth!

After 3 years of Christmas Cookies on AHC my “Family Recipe Well” was running dry, so I sent out a cry for help in true 2016 fashion.

No, it wasn’t a tweet, so I guess it was more circa 2010…don’t be so judgy.

These Pecan Puffs (a.k.a. Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes)  are the perfect combination of crumbly and soft. They literally melt in your mouth!

No fewer than three people sent back this recipe for “Pecan Puffs”, which was clearly my grandmother’s cute name for Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Teacakes.

Yes, I’ve already technically posted a recipe but three family members can’t be wrong.

These Pecan Puffs (a.k.a. Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes)  are the perfect combination of crumbly and soft. They literally melt in your mouth!

And I wasn’t disappointed. They were delightfully crumbly but not dry. The pecans and sugar were perfect!

These Pecan Puffs (a.k.a. Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes)  are the perfect combination of crumbly and soft. They literally melt in your mouth! These Pecan Puffs taste like sweet pecans and nostalgia.

These Pecan Puffs (a.k.a. Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes)  are the perfect combination of crumbly and soft. They literally melt in your mouth!  I pre-toasted my pecans for maximum flavor and added a little salt. Old recipes never call for salt – why? Such an easy flavor boost!

But they were heaven! Just more proof that Grandma knows best!

These Pecan Puffs are Day 8 of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! You won’t want to miss my Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies,  Festive Holiday SpritzGinger Orange Almond Biscotti,  No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies,  Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies, Butterscotch Chews, or Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies from Day 1!

Pecan Puffs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 36 Cookies

Pecan Puffs

These Pecan Puffs are the perfect combination of crumbly and soft. They literally melt in your mouth!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted and cooled
  • Confectioner’s sugar, as needed for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl with a hand mixer (or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. On low speed add the flour, salt and pecans; mix until combined.
  4. Roll into 1-inch balls and place 1-inch apart on prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
  6. Cool 5 minutes then roll in sugar. Cool completely and roll in confectioners sugar again.
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 5-6 days.
http://americanheritagecooking.com/2016/12/pecan-puffs/


Comments

  1. Kathryn Mader says

    Honestly, I think if I rotated between chocolate chip cookies and some type of wedding cookie (can’t wait to try your pecan puffs), I would be happy forever…with a few of your other choice cookie recipes thrown in from time to time, just to shake things up a tad. I hope you have a wonderful 2017. This is a bold statement, but of all the blogs I have followed (and loved some of them), yours is my absolute favorite. There is plenty of talent out there, but you have a whimsical charm and darling sense of humor that is so pleasing and comfortable, and it sets you apart. You are down to earth, which makes you relatable. I earmark so many of your recipes (pie, anyone?) that I will love to make one day. THANK YOU for all your efforts and expertise to encourage me in my kitchen. God bless you in everything, Lindsey and I would love to meet you someday. So if you write a cookbook and have a signing, I will show up! Take care!

    • Lindsey says

      Hi Kathryn! What a wonderful, heartwarming comment! Thank you so much Kathryn for being such a loyal reader and commenter! It is for readers and bakers like you that I do this! It is a lot of work (along with my other job) and it brings me such joy to hear that you love the blog and the recipes! I would love to meet you as well! I would love to write a cookbook one day but until then I am the pastry chef at Restaurant Marc Forgione in NYC in case you happen to find yourself in the city! God bless you as well and I am wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017! Best, Lindsey

  2. Monica says

    This recipe is a variation of Joy of Cooking’s Pecan Puffs. The name is from that book. I believe you should give her credit.

    • Lindsey says

      Hi Monica! Thank you for your comment. I got the recipe from my (now deceased) grandmother and so I just credited her. It is hard to find the origins of heirloom recipes! I have a vintage Joy of Cooking and I did, indeed, find “Pecan Puffs”. It seems that the recipe is the same except for my grandmother reduced the pecans by half…economical as always! Happy baking!

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