Ann Pearlman's best-selling book The Christmas Cookie Club debuted last year, telling the story of a group of women who form a once-a-year alliance to bake and exchange cookies, and wind up forming lifelong bonds that transcended their group’s initial purpose.
Here is the Pecan Butter Balls from the novel The Christmas Cookie Club
2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups flour
1 cup melted butter
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
¼ teaspoons salt
Chop pecans in blender or food processor. Combine all except confectioner’s sugar. Gather into a ball. With floured hands, shape in one inch balls and bake on ungreased cookie sheet. I line my cookie sheets with wax paper or parchment paper and spray them with Pam. Bake in 325 degree oven for 20 minutes. Pull off the papers and let cookies cool, but make sure they’re still warm and gently shake them in bag with confectioners. Place them back on the paper and add more confectioners while they cool. Makes five dozen.