Nanny’s Pecan Puffs – A favorite holiday recipe

Nothing is more keeping with the spirit of the season than enjoying comforts of tradition and family. Food is so connected to these comforts, it is for this reason we are sharing a, staff’s favorite, family recipe today.

TCKB member, Kaila Williams, is counting the days until she gets to enjoy her favorite holiday treat. “Every year when my mom asks for special requests for our holiday visit, without fail, mine is always the same. Nanny’s Pecan Puffs!” explains Kaila.

This classic baked good is also known by other names like wedding cookies, pecan balls, and snowball cookies. Pecan Puffs are a soft, slightly sweet butter cookies, packed with chopped pecans and topped with powdered sugar. “They taste like Christmas to me” reminisces Williams.

This recipe only uses a few ingredients and is quick to make. They can even be made early in the season and frozen until you are ready to enjoy.

“We still use the exact recipe that my great grandmother, nanny, always used. The recipe card itself is an heirloom. Written in my grandmothers handwriting which was given to my mom, it is stained and worn showing its frequent use over the years,” Kaila explains. Images of the recipe card below.


  • 1 Cup Crisco (you can use alternatives, but we have found that the tasts is a little different)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar (sifted)
    • 1/2 cup for recipe
    • 1 cup for after baking
  • 2 1/4 Cups Flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Pecans


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Blend Crisco and sugar until creamy and smooth. Stir in flour, salt, vanilla, pecans, and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until well blended.

Mold into 1″ balls and place on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Roll balls in 1 cup of powdered sugar.

Then Enjoy!

We wish you a happy holiday season!

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