Nalbone Family Recipes

This recipe collection began as a way to back up my mother's recipe collection that she has collected in a black binder since the 1950's. Maggie and I are also adding recipes that we want to keep track of, so this will become our family go to location for storing and finding our recipes

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cookies, desserts

Butter Cookies

Mom's Black Book

Servings: 36

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Start to Finish Time: 35 minutes

Note: The original directions from the Black Book said: Combine and bake for 20 minutes at 350F. - Very good! So the instructions below may be way off.


  • 2 pounds butter
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 9 cups flour
  • 2 cups pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in vanilla.
  3. Mix flour one cup at a time. mixing after each addition. The dough will become very stiff; blend last of the flour in by hand. (If the dough becomes too stiff to work, add water, a teaspoon at a time.) Do not chill the dough.
  4. Divide dough into manageable balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle about 12-inches in diameter and 1/8-inch thick. Cut into designs with knife or with cookie cutters, dipping knife or cutter into flour before each use.
  5. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet on middle rack for 20 minutes at 350F, or until lightly browned. (Adjust time as necessary.)

Serving Ideas: Prior to baking, you can sprinkle with colored sugar crystals or ice them after they cool.

Yield: 6 dozen

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 388 Calories; 25g Fat (56.9% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 38g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 55mg Cholesterol; 209mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 5 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.

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