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Pecan Meltaways – Italian Cookie Balls

To me, a good cookie is one you want to have over and over again and these Pecan Meltaways will have you doing just that! They are the perfect size cookies, full of delicious pecan pieces and chocolate chips, then rolled in confectioners sugar to add that extra bit of sweetness. When you pop one in your mouth you will notice how delicious they are as it melts away on your tongue. 

These Pecan Cookies are great at anytime of year but we especially love them for the Holidays! They are easy to make, delicious to eat and great for gift giving. These cookies are similar to a Mexican Wedding Cookie, but use deliciously sweet Pecans, what’s not to love? 

Italian Pecan Meltaways - Cookies with a Cup of Espresso



pecan meltaways – why you need to make them

If you have followed along with us for awhile you will know that we are huge cookie fans….anything sweet really, but ESPECIALLY  a good cookie recipe! I first tried these cookies at one of the bridal showers I was attending for my husbands family. they are a staple cookie at any kind of Italian event, and I was hooked from the first bite.

I remember heading towards the cookie tables any time I was attending an event just to look for these Pecan Cookie Balls so I thought it would be a good idea if I actually had the recipe to try and make them myself! Now, every Zia (aunt in Italian) will have a slightly different recipe, but this one is right from my mother in laws recipe booklet she gave me many years ago…see my Amaretti Cookie post for more on that sweet moment. I did make a few adjustments just to make sure I had the absolute best meltaway cookie, and I know you guys will not be disappointed.

Cookie Dough balls on baking tray for Pecan Meltaways


how do you make pecan meltaways?

We start by finely chopping the pecans using our mini stick blender, you can also put them in a sandwich baggy and crush with a rolling pin. You are looking for a consistency like this:

Finely chopped pecans in a mini blender






Next, cream the butter with 3/4 cup of the sugar and add in the egg and vanilla until fluffy and creamed. Then in a medium bowl combine flour with baking powder, salt and chopped pecans (it will look like a crumble, see below).

Dry ingredients combined in a bowl for Pecan Meltaways






Add dry mix to your butter mixture and stir until combined. Add in chocolate chips and stir to incorporate. Shape into small balls (about 3/4-1″) and place on lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes until very light golden around the edge. Cool completely and then roll each cookie in powdered sugar to finish off!

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As I mentioned above, we love to use our Stick Blender to finely chop our nuts, it is so much easier to get a consistent size which is important for these cookies. And because it is a full immersion blender as well, we use it for our soups and sauces too!

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pecan meltaways full recipe 

The wait is over my friends! Here is the full recipe for you to print out and enjoy for years to come. Be sure to leave us a comment below and let us know what you thought of these delicious Christmas Cookies!

Pecan Meltaways - Italian Cookie Balls

Pecan Meltaways are full of delicious pecan pieces and chocolate chips and finished off with confectioners sugar to add that extra bit of sweetness.
Course Christmas Cookie, Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Chocolate Chip Pecan Meltaways
Servings 24 cookies
Author Melissa


  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 3/4 cup Icing Sugar confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg
  • 1.5 cups Flour all purpose
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • pinch Salt
  • 1/2 cup Icing Sugar for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 350 F, prepare 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. 
  • Using a mixer (stand or hand) cream together your butter with sugar and add in vanilla and egg until creamy and smooth.
  • In a medium bowl mix together flour with pecans, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and stir to combine. Add in chocolate chips, stir until just incorporated (do not overmix).
  • Shape into small balls (3/4-1") and place on baking sheet 12 at a time. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just lightly golden around the edge.
  • Allow to cool completely and then roll each ball in powder sugar to coat. 

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Recipe Rating

Christiane Buschman

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

How much of the chocolate do I add in? It isn't in the ingredient list.

Oliv Blogger

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Hi Christiane! Sorry about that - it's 1/2c semi-sweet chocolate chips, just enough to add a little pop of chocolate to each cookie.



leonard passafiume

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

you say to add chocolate chips but recipe does not say how much. can you omit the chips. waiting for your answer. thanks. leonard


Thursday 27th of August 2020

Hi Leonard!

I am so sorry for my delay, thank you for catching that! We usually add in about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips - they aren't necessary to make the cookie but we LOVE chocolate.


Marisa Franca

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

I've never heard these cookies called by this name. We love them! Always have. In my original Betty Crocker Cookbook they called them Russian Teacakes. Then my mother-in-law called them Mexican Wedding Cakes. Now we have a new name. I love it!! You can't beat the taste. They do melt in your mouth.


Thursday 29th of November 2018

That is too funny! I find dishes, desserts etc tend to get a name variation based off of who passed them down <3 regardless, they are delicious and so easy to make!

Veena Azmanov

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

I love anything Pecans. This looks so good. I love how you have coated them in powder sugar they look like snowballs. Sounds yum.


Thursday 29th of November 2018

The powdered sugar gives them a nice immediate sweetness when you bite them, the cookie themselves are not too sweet so it is a nice balance !

Jyothi (Jo)

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

Those cookie balls looks exactly what you named them - melt in your mouth delicious! Looks fantastic