Pecan pie takes cookie form in this super simple recipe; your house will smell like the holiday season in no time thanks to seasonal spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. This recipe comes from Diamond of California.
Mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
Spread the chopped pecans on a baking sheet or in a shallow pan. Bake, stirring once or twice, until lightly browned and fragrant, 7 to 12 minutes. Let cool. Leave oven set to 350 degrees F.
Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, salt, and flour, and mix until the dough comes together. Fold in the pecans.
Shape into 2-inch balls. Roll the balls in the sugar mixture. Place 3 inches apart on a baking sheet. Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass, reshaping the sides if necessary. Sprinkle the cookies with the sugar mixture.
Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with more sugar. Cool cookies on a wire rack.