This recipe yields about 36 cookies:
2 sticks unsalted butter (8oz), softened
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups finely chopped pecans (I chop them in the food processor)
Lots of confectioners sugar (sifted) for rolling in (about 1 cup)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed cream together the butter and sugar for 1 minute. Then add 1/2 the flour, vanilla and 1 Tbsp water, beat until combined, then add remaining flour and beat till thoroughly combined. Blend in the pecans on low speed till evenly incorporated. Shape batter into 1 inch balls or use a small cookie scoop to form the balls. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in oven about 20 mins or till bottoms are lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Gently shake cooled cookies in a bag with confectioners sugar and serve or prepare in gift tins. Makes about 36 cookies.