These feathery light, fragile, addictive cookies covered with confectioners’ sugar are still further testimony to the monumental role that pecans play in all Southern cookery. They are ideal for holiday entertaining, but since they tend to fall apart at the least touch, they shouldn’t be included in confection gift boxes or tins. Also, since pecans can turn rancid after a few weeks, even in airtight containers, the cookies should be used up as soon as possible or given away. Believe it or not, cookies like these are devoured at Southern cocktail parties with great relish.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer, then gradually blend in the flour with a wooden spoon. Add the nuts, the two extracts, and salt and mix till well blended.
Take small pieces of dough, form into finger shapes, and place on an ungreased baking sheet about ½ inch apart.
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