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The Cook's Companion: A step-by-step guide to cooking skills including original recipes

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 1991

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The other name for these delicious American cookies is pecan puffs, but with their coating of icing sugar, they look more like snowballs. In fact, they aren’t puffy but more like a nutty shortbread.


  • 125 g (4 oz) butter, softened
  • 50 g (2


Preheat the oven to 140°C, 275°F, Gas Mark 1. Grease a baking sheet. Beat the butter until very soft, then beat in the caster sugar until fluffy. Beat in the vanilla essence. Stir in the pecans. Sift in the flour and salt and stir until mixed in.

Form the dough into balls the s