Nutmeg Butterballs

Freshly grated nutmeg makes all the difference in these buttery cookies. Whole nutmegs are available in the spice aisle at the grocers. Just run one across a grater until you have enough for your recipe.

Makes: 48 cookiesHands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Makes: 48 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⅓ cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions

  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and pecans.
  • Add flour; blend well. Chill dough 30 minutes or more.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.
  • Shape teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. Place 2" apart on baking sheets. Bake 15–20 minutes.
  • Combine confectioners’ sugar and nutmeg. Roll warm cookies in mixture until coated.