Buttery cookies with bits of pecans are shaped into crescents and dipped in a chocolate coating for a perfect combination. These cookies have been favorites in our family for generations!
These melt in your mouth cookies are a Christmastime must in my family. They have tiny bits of pecans throughout and a thick glaze of fudge on the outside. They are a bit like snowball cookies only better! Make some for your treat trays or make some for yourself!
For me, the holidays are all about tradition. Don’t get me wrong, it is fun to change things up a bit and try new things.
There are just some things you HAVE to have in order to make it Christmas. These cookies are one of those things for my family.
My mom has been making them for as long as I can remember. Her mom made them too. I wish I knew when exactly they became a thing, but I know it’s been longer than I’ve been around!
These cookies are as big of a part of the holiday as the tree and decorations. Speaking of the tree and traditions, each year my mom gets us each a Hallmark ornament for Christmas.
As we have moved out, we take our ornaments with us. Now every year as we hang the ornaments we get to relive the memories of our childhood.
We still keep each ornament in its original box. My husband thought I was absolutely nuts the first time he saw the crate of ornament boxes come out.
He went to work with tales of me un-boxing each one as I hung them. He came home with the knowledge that we are not the only crazy ones who do that. It turns out some of his coworkers did the same thing!
Do you have ornaments in their original box still? Do you go through the same unboxing every year?
Another tradition that continues to make Christmas special in our family is an overabundance of Christmas cookies. MiMi asks everyone to pick a favorite for her to make.
There are six of us kids, plus my husband, Little Dude, a niece, a nephew, a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law too. So that means at least 12 kinds of cookies.
Then she makes each on in bulk. We are aware that any invitation to visit in December probably includes time rolling, dipping, cutting or decorating cookies.
Add to that the fact that my grandpa loves to make a few of his favorite cookies for Christmas. My aunt also bakes in bulk and brings tin after tin of cookies when she visits.
My cousins also enjoy baking and of course I bake my fair share as well. So we end up with a room of treats at my grandma’s house too.
With all of those cookies to choose from, these cookies are one of my favorites. I know I’m not the only one because when my Uncle Bob used to come for Christmas, these were a must have on his list as well!
They are the best combination of buttery cookie and rich fudgy coating. One bite and you will fall in love!
Rather than dip the cookies in candy melts or melted chocolate, you make a fudge to dip them in. You are going to find your self coming up all sorts of things to put this on.
MiMi thinks the extra is the BEST topping for ice cream. I have used it to frost other cookies as well, including some fun fudge topped donut shaped sugar cookies.
It sets up perfectly for stacking, but doesn’t have the snap of straight chocolate. You have to try it! Go ahead and make a couple of batches, turn up the Christmas music and make an afternoon of it!
Make a batch of these, some melting moments, some German gingerbread cookies and chocolate covered cherry snowballs and your cookie trays will be amazing! What cookies are a must have for you and your family?
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- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 375° F
- Mix all of the cookie ingredients together. It will be crumbly at first, but it will come together.
- Shape dough into crescents (or small balls) and place on cookie sheets.
- Bake until lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes.
- Allow to cool on the cookies sheet.
- For the fudge, melt chocolate chips, butter and milk in a double boiler. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth.
- Dip cookies in fudge and place on wax paper until completely set.
- Store in a airtight container.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.