Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Granny's Pecan Cookies

I didn't know what they were called at the time but anything rolled in powdered sugar has got to be good. 
Am I right? 
I asked my grandmother for the recipe but she was "a little of this and a little of that" type of baker. 
She was a fabulous baker.
Her cooking always needed a bit more salt.
If I were honest with myself, the same holds true for my cooking.

I have some of her recipe books.
There is one from the electric company. 
Can you imagine the electric company sending a cookbook now days? 

The cookies I'm about to share have many different names. 
Pecan Sandies
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Russian Tea Cakes
What ever the name, they are delicious. 
They are some of my favorite cookies for the holidays. 
They have a rich buttery taste and the powdered sugar is finger licking worthy.

The recipe I use comes from my old Betty Crocker Cookbook. 
We got this cookbook for our wedding and it has been through a lot.  

Russian Teacakes

1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt 
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans (you may alter the type of nut if you prefer)
Powdered Sugar

Heat oven to 400 degrees. 
Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla. Mix in the fours, salt and nuts until dough holds together. 
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on un greased cookie sheet. Bake until set but not brown. 10 - 12 minutes.

Roll in powdered sugar while they are warm and again once they are cool.  
About 4 dozen cookies. 
These keep well in the freezer.
Dust with powdered sugar before serving. 

Thanks to Carol for putting this tour together. 
All the participants are listed below. 


  1. This cookie recipe is one of all time holiday favorites Katie.
    I love collecting tried and true recipes from friends:)
    We call them sand tarts, and in the Rio Grande Valley where I live pan de polvo cookies are wedding cookies.
    It is almost Thanksgiving!
    Have a great week my friend,

  2. I have eaten these cookies, but never made them! Looks perfect for the holiday nibbling, and I love that they can be frozen! This recipe is a keeper and going on my holiday list!

  3. Katie, Thanks for sharing this pretty little cookie on the Holiday Recipe Blog Hop. Making anything ahead and freezing is always a plus.

  4. I, too, love these cookies. Haven't made them in years....but will now.
    You already have your tree up and decorated..my goodness. I sure am ready to get mine up but will wait until after Christmas. It's going to crowd me to have a post on Dec 7th...may just do a Christmas recipe. Did you ever get by to see the post on my
    Ramsign ?

  5. Katie, your cookies look yummy! I love that these can be frozen. This will be a great recipe for making ahead for gifts for neighbors and friends. Thanks so much for sharing, and I hope that you are having a great week!!!

  6. Hi Katie!!! I could really go for a few of those delicious cookies with my coffee this morning! You already have your decorations up for Christmas? Can you come over and do mine? Hope you have a great weekend.

  7. I can eat my weight in these!! The combo of butter, sugar, and pecans is the best.

  8. Hi Katie, I love this recipe and also make this exact recipe from my BC cookbook I got many many years ago for a wedding shower gift. I am sure you have the same book. I can say they are delicious and just melt in your mouth. I've always made this for years too. Thanks for sharing a long time favorite. Your photos give them the best presentation. Have a fun time visiting today and the rest of the week in our hop. xo

  9. Katie, I learned to make these same cookies from my grandmother too! My adult kids still request them every year! Blessings, Cecilia

  10. Another Holiday cookie recipe to add to my list! These are a classic. Thank you for sharing! Happy Holidays! :)

  11. These are my favorites cookies and a few years ago I learned to "veganize" them. Love them!

  12. Oh Katie, both of my grandmothers always made these and I haven't had them in years!! Thank you for the reminder, I will have to make them this year and treasure those wonderful memories :) xoxo, Andrea

  13. Oh Katie, both of my grandmothers always made these and I haven't had them in years!! Thank you for the reminder, I will have to make them this year and treasure those wonderful memories :) xoxo, Andrea

  14. My Mom made these every Christmas, and it is one of my all time favorites! I love the way you have showcased them too, absolutely charming!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  15. Hi Katie! I use that same recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook that I received as a shower gift for my wedding (although mine is much older than yours!!). I'm in love with your green transferware pitcher, and the way you displayed the cookies near that vintage picnic basket...darling!

  16. Hi Katie!
    I remember the first time I tasted these...heavenly!
    Pinning these scrumptious beauties right this minute!

  17. Love those cookies, but have never made them. They sound easy enough to make and nice that they can be frozen. Love the beautiful ways you have them displayed, especially that darling transfer pitcher and the metal picnic basket.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  18. This is one of my favorite cookies. And, I'm with you, anything rolled in powdered sugar tastes amazing! Thank you for sharing. Your decor looks so pretty as well. You, my dear, are on the ball! Happy Fall! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. Ok Yum I would like you to send me some!!!! Look so delicious. Love the memories attached with sweet recipes this time of year.

  20. This, or a variation of this is a favorite at my house, too, and I am so glad you cleared up that it has all of those different names, I was always thinking they were all different cookies. Your cookies are making my mouth water for those yummy melt in the mouth delicious treats!

  21. Yum! Your cookies look delicious. I love this time of year when everyone starts baking goodies. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  22. Katie,
    A great recipe that is being added to my files. I have an old Betty Crocker Cookbook that we received as a wedding present also. It was a life saver when we were stationed on Cyprus while in the Navy. I had to buy meat from a butcher two doors down from my house. He just laid a side of beef on his counter, and I had to point to the section that I wanted a cut from. My Betty Crocker Cookbook has diagrams for beef, pork, lamb, etc... cuts. That's how I knew where to point on the beef slab.