These cookies represent Christmas to me. I’ve made them for years. Their wonderfully, buttery, melt-your-mouth goodness take me to the best of the holidays. These are a classic. They’re just a simple shortbread mixed with pecans and rolled in sugar.

But could it get any better than this?

2 cups flour
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
powdered sugar for rolling

Heat oven to 325. In a large mixer bowl, combine flour, nuts, granulated sugar, butter and vanilla. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl, until well mixed. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 18-25 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Remove immediately from the cookie sheet. Roll in powdered sugar while slightly warm and again when cool.