Each year we make cookies for our staff at Christmas time. They work so hard through the year taking care of the individuals we serve that I like to do something special for them and since most of them do not bake or do much cooking, cookies always seem to be appreciated any time of the year. This is one of the cookies that they always ask for. I have been making these cookies for about 40 years. It started off as a recipe that my mother made each year at Christmas and I played with it until I got the taste and texture that I wanted. I have seen other recipes like this and they call them Russian teacakes or Mexican wedding cakes, but those recipes look similar but do not bake up like these. These are very easy to make and get better after a couple of days (not that they do not taste wonderful right after they cool) This is a cookie that you can get your kids to help you roll and they will feel like they played a big part in baking these. After all these years, this is still one of my kids’ favorite cookies.
3 sticks of butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups flour
1 (12 oz.) bag of mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup of chopped pecans
Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and salt till light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour. After well mixed (may be a little crumbly) mix in chocolate chips and pecans. Roll a level tablespoon into a ball and place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment. You can place close together, they will not spread much. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. While hot roll in powdered sugar. Place on rack to cool. When cool, roll in more powdered sugar. Keep in a tin for up to 4 weeks. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.