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These are known by many names. Here in Los Angeles, they are usually called Mexican Wedding Cookies or Cakes, but we always called them Snowballs. You have to be careful not to inhale the powdered sugar, but this light, nutty cookie is worth a little white powder up the nose.


1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 Tablespoons powdered sugar, plus more for coating the cookies
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans

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Preheat oven to 325.
Cream butter or margarine with 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar til fluffy
Gradually stir in flour, then pecans, until well-blended
Chill several hours, until dough is stiff enough to handle
Roll a teaspoon of dough in the palms of your hands to make a little ball
Place balls on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart
Bake 20 minutes or until lightly golden
Cool 5 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while still warm, coating generously.

Photo by Cherry and Eric via Flickr