Pecan Jumbles

An extremely easy Christmas cookie, that's a little sweet and slightly salty, and light enough that you want to eat them by the handful.

1/4c.soft shortening
1t.Vanilla Extract
1-1/8c.Sifted Flour (1 c. + 2 T.)
1/4t.Baking Soda
2c.Chopped Pecans
  • Preheat over to 375 degrees.
  • Mix together thoroughly the shortening, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt, and stir into the wet ingredients.
  • Stir in chopped pecans.
  • Drop rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Bake until delicately browned, 8-10 minutes; cookies should still be soft.
  • Let cool for a moment, then move to cooling rack
Total time: about 30 minutes
Time to prepare: about 20 minutes
Cooking time: 8 to 10 minutes
Makes: about 3 dozen two inch cookies 
Notes: Quickly becomes a favorite of whomever tries them. The original recipe was "Sugar Jumbles" with pecans or walnuts optional, and 1/2 c. shortening with part-butter optional, we found that pecans and butter created the cookie that became our favorite, so we've stuck with them.