Similar to the chocolate snowballs cookies recipe (the one from Dan Savage's mom), this recipe is a traditional Mexican wedding cookie and is so easy and delicious. The sugar is primarily on the outside, so if you are watching your sugar, you can moderate. However, this is a butter-based cookie, so if you are watching fat, I'd try a different recipe.
These are so stinking good and remain one of my favorite cookies.
1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups flour
Confectioners sugar (for rolling)
Combine butter, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl until well combined. Add pecans and salt and mix well. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough comes together.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until set but not browned. Cool cookies completely before rolling in confectioners sugar.