I'm hoping these are the cookies that I've loved for years but have never made. I remember them being shaped as a sort of crescent though, not a ball, so we'll see. Original recipe here.
1 cup butter, room temperature
½ cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
3/4 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
powdered sugar for dusting
Spread pecans in a single layer on a baking pan. Bake at 400° for 7-10 minutes or until the pecans start to turn golden. Shake the pan halfway through toasting.
In a large bowl, cream butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift in flour and salt; stir until well mixed. Mix in nuts. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Roll dough into 1" balls. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly on wire cooling racks. While cookies are baking, place the powdered sugar in a shallow dish.
While still warm, roll cookies in powdered sugar. When cookies have cooled, roll them again in the confectioners sugar to give them a nice even coating of sugar. Store in an airtight container.