Best Pecan Balls

These easy 4-ingredient Pecan Balls (5 for a chocolate version) make a great game day snack, appetizer or anytime treat!

Happy September! It’s Kathryn from Family Food on the Table, back with another recipe for you.

And today I’ve got a fun game day/snack time/anytime appetizer for you.

This recipe comes from my Aunt Edith, who also is behind my 3-ingredient quickie crab dip (another great appetizer!)

It’s a traditional pecan balls recipe, with just 4 ingredients: butter, flour, pecans and sugar. I added a pinch of salt to help bring out the flavors.

The result is a nutty, buttery, crumbly cookie ball that just melts in your mouth. It’s not super sweet, but it really hits the spot.

These super easy cookies just take 4 ingredients and are the perfect addition to your cookie platter!

Oh, and looky there, I also added chocolate. ? Cause that’s never a bad idea, right?!

The chocolate makes these more of a dessert ball, so you can do some pecan balls plain and some with chocolate – whatever works for you!

Either way, these little pecan nuggets are an easy, make-ahead snack that would be great for tailgating, picnics, even holiday parties.

(I’m still adjusting to the fact that it’s September, though, so let’s not get too ahead of ourselves!)


2 sticks of margarine.
4 tbsps of sugar.
2 cups of chopped pecans.
2 cups of flour.
2 tsps of vanilla.

In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients using your hand and roll into balls.
In a preheated oven to 350°, bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Once lightly browned, roll in the powdered sugar while still hot, and again when cooled.
Easy, peasy and sweet! I personally don’t use a lot of powdered sugar. I just sprinkle some over the top. But the original recipe is to roll the biscuits in the powdered sugar! Try it yourselves and let me know what you think.