Aug 12

Minimum Ingredients: Pecan Butter Balls

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Pecan butter balls are lovely little cookies with just a small number of ingredients: basically just pecan nuts, butter and flour, plus a little sugar (only 50g for the whole recipe, which I didn’t think would work, but it does).


Pecan Butter Balls

Ingredients: makes about 20 

  • 250g pecan nuts
  • 350g flour (I used gluten free)
  • 225g butter
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom (or cinnamon)
  • pinch salt
  • 50g caster sugar



  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Blitz the nuts, butter, salt, spice and flour in a food processor.
  3. Form into largeish teaspoon-size balls with your hands and space a few cm apart on a lined baking tray.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes. LEAVE TO COOL – they will crumble to mush if you attempt to move them sooner (can you tell I learned this the hard way?).
  5. When they are almost cool, roll in a shallow bowl of sugar.
  6. They’ll keep in a resealable container or cake tin (lined with cereal packet wax paper that you have diligently unfolded/flattened/wiped clean and saved from your breakfast table!) for a few days.


Incidentally I ended up have 3 of these with fat-free, live, organic yogurt for breakfast for a couple of days – delicious and it really kept me going till lunch because of the protein and fat in the nuts (nuts are, generally speaking 50% fat and 50% protein).

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