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Pecan Petits

Pecan Petits

Pecan Petits

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Pecan Petits
4.5 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesDifficulty: Easy



A pecan teacake/wedding type-cookie. This is vegan-friendly with no butter or eggs, although this is a vintage recipe not specifically designed to be vegan; it’s from back in the day when butter was expensive or scarce.


  • 1 cup margarine*

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • powdered sugar


  • Pre-heat oven to 325F. Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in vanilla. Add flour; mix well. Stir in pecans. Shape rounded teaspoon of dough into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool slightly; roll in powdered sugar.



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Love this recipe! I've been making these cookies for years, every Christmas, and definitely true for the margarine. Every time I made them with butter it made them too heavy.
- Tammy in VA

These cookies are a family favorite for over 45 years, and usually made only at Christmas time, despite their simplicity. They keep well, but do not ship well. Please use butter, not margarine. It really does make a difference.
- Marils

First baked these when a good friend gave my family some for Christmas. Had to get the recipe from her. have been making them for Christmas ever since for home and work. Getting ready to bake some now for Christmas party at work. Everyone loves them.
- Shoe diva1960 in Savannah, Ga

I love these cookies. They melt in your mouth. But I use confectioners sugar in place of regular sugar and shape them into small squares with my hands instesd of the balls for a different look on my cookie tray.
- Grannie Mae in Arizona

This was a great cookie receipe and I made them to take to work tomorrow.
- A Baker

Good flavor but mine turned out way too dry. I didn't have a problem with them flattening out they just were so dry they crumbled. Maybe next time I will try some more better and less flour.
- A Baker

Been making these for close to 35 years, learned to make them from my first girlfriend's mother. The only way to make them better is to use butter instead of margarine. Also if you use a tablespoon of vanilla instead of teaspoon they're just a little bit more flavorful.
- Roy in Florida

I am 51 and have been making this cookie for 25 years. Its a wonderful cookie at christmas and all year round
- A Baker

Absolutely love this recipe. Made these cookies with my daughter last night and they're almost all gone! Apparently the two people who posted negative comments can't follow instructions or need a new oven.
- Baker in Culpeper, VA

I would not make this again. I had the same problem as someone else the cookies flattened then crumbled. The middle was a little uncooked but the edges were golden. But the taste was not bad:)
- A Baker

Mothers recipe. I make a thousand every Christmas. Everyone raves about them. Starting to bake this weekend and could not find the recipe for Pecan Balls. This is the one. Thank You
- M Eklund RN and Morton Plant Hospital

This is actually a recipe my family uses every year! We have all moved over the last several months and have been looking for one of our Christmas favorites!!!
- A Baker
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