These cookies just melt in your mouth. I have never seen anyone that did not love them! Some people call these shortbread cookies and others call them tea cakes. My mother-in-law was from Mississippi and very much a Southern lady. She served these cookies with tea to her lady friends when they came to visit. They had to be cut with small cookie cutters and served on her best dishes. The ladies would sip their tea and nibble on these buttery treats.
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
2 sticks butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients with mixer until very crumbly. Take your hands and shape into a ball and put in refrigerator until solid enough to pinch off a piece and flatten on a hard surface. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
Bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees about 25 minutes. Just before removing from oven turn on broiler for about 45 seconds and let brown on top.
These cookies have been a favorite of my family for years. I always make them at Christmas. They will keep several months in air tight containers.
Note: If your dough get too soft while cutting out the cookies, just return to refrigerator for a while or between cookings.
Makes 3 to 4 dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutters.
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