Monday, December 17, 2012

Southern Pecan Butterballs

These little cookies are near and dear to my heart. They are a cookie that my Mom and I just love. They actually go by a lot of names depending on where you are from: Mexican Wedding Cookies, Danish Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowballs.
It's all basically the same thing although some folks will change the kinds of nuts that are used in it.  I ate these a lot as a kid.  It's a very simple recipe. And to me, those are the best. I love humble recipes like this. You wouldn't think that something with so few ingredients could be so darn tasty. These are very much like shortbread cookies. And I don't know many people that don't love shortbread. And let's be honest, it's really not a party until you have powdered sugar on your shirt, am I right?
Ingredients:
1 cup butter flavored vegetable shortening
1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for coating)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. table salt
1 1/2 cups pecan chips
 Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Note: I wouldn't use nonstick cooking spray on the baking pans for these cookies. It will cause the cookies to get a bit too brown on the bottoms. If you don't have parchment paper,  just use an ungreased baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, combine shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla.
Mix until smooth. You'll want to use your stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer for this.
Start on a low setting so the powdered sugar doesn't fly up on ya. 

Been there. 
Done that. 
Learned my lesson.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
Note: I'm using the Pampered Chef adjustable measuring spoons. I gotta say these were pretty darn cool. Look, it even measures as little as 1/8 teaspoon!
Give it all a stir with a large fork.

Then gently begin adding the flour mixture to the shortening mixture. Add just a little at a time so the flour doesn't fly everywhere. Stir until combined.

For those of you with a stand mixer, remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl so all of your ingredients get evenly incorporated.
I already had a bag of chopped pecans so I didn't go out and buy a bag of pecan chips. So I just took these pecans and pounded them out with my heavy meat tenderizer. You don't want huge chunks of pecans in the cookies. You want nice small chips.
Note: Many nut varieties can be pricey. So buy in bulk when you can. You can always store leftover nuts in an airtight container in your fridge or freezer to help keep them fresh.

Stir pecans into batter. If you've never worked with this kind of batter before, it's not going to look like your typical cookie batter. It'll be kinda loose. But don't worry, it comes together nicely!
Roll dough into walnut-sized balls. These little spring-loaded cookie scoopers are so handy. They really help you to get all the cookies about the same size and it makes the process go much faster.
Place them about 1 1/2 inches apart on your cookie sheet.
 I will then re-roll the cookies in my hand so I get a nice smooth cookie dough ball.
Bake for about 15 minutes until the edges just begin to brown slightly. Note: If you have a conventional oven, it really is best to only bake one cookie sheet at a time.  Baking more than one at a time will often cause uneven baking. While the cookies are baking, get a bowl of powdered sugar ready for dipping. Let cookies cool for just a couple of minutes. 
While still warm, roll the cookies in the powdered sugar.
Place them on a platter (or just roll out a sheet of wax paper like I do) and let cookies finish cooling.  Once they are cool, roll cookies a second time into the powdered sugar. The second dipping ensures even and smooth coating.
Perfect for Christmas, weddings, birthdays, work parties, or just because...
Enjoy!

780 comments :

  1. I would make some old fashioned sugar cookies! What a great giveaway!!!

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  3. Angela gna3204@yahoo.comDecember 17, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    I would make no bake cookies.

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  4. I would bake and decorate some sugar cookies and bake some cheese straws. I broke my cookie press last year making cheese straws and haven't replaced it so I was not going to make them this year. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  5. I "liked" Pampered Chef on facebook.

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  6. I am "following" Pampered Chef on Pinterest.

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  7. Oh, gosh, where to start!!!! I really think I would love to try these Pecan cookies!!!

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  8. Following Pampered Chef on Pinterest....thanks!

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  9. Ok, I liked Pampered Chef on facebook!!

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  10. I THINK I followed Pampered Chef on Pinterst!

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  11. I have been a HUGE fan of Pampered Chef for a while now and I own some of their products but you are right...this is def an AMAZING giveaway! I LOVE baking from cookies with my kids to making my grandmothers family recipe she passed down to me....Baking is a part of my life.


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  12. I have a blended family of seven kids. We all love to bake and cook which brings us close and makes wonderful memories. It gets a bit messy, but we all love it. We have been making some incredible cookies (and eating lots of dough). This is our first Christmas together and these incredible produces from The Pampered Chef would definitely be used and loved in our kitchen.

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  13. So many cookies to make :) I would start with Sugar Cookie Cut Outs

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  14. Iam following Pampered Chef on Facebook

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  15. Iam following Pampered Chef on Pinterest

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  16. I am hoping to make cookies and fudge for the family get together on the 23rd, and am going to try some recipes for lower sugar ones for my husband as he is a borderline diabetic will see how they turn out.

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  17. I would make more cookies!!

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  18. I liked Pampered Chef on Facebook
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  19. I would love to make the Southern Pecan Butterballs, some Scottish Shortbread cookies, and probably something very very chocolaty.
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  20. I follow pampered chef on facebook!!

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  21. following you on Pinterest also

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  22. I "liked" Pampered Chef on Facebook
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  23. oh forgot email
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  24. I'd have to start with my Grandson's favorite - sugar cookies!

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  25. I would love to make these Pecan Cookies I really think my grandchildren would go crazy for them. Thanks so much for your blog and recipes I have used several and pinned a bunch love your site.

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  26. I LOVE Pampered Chef and follow them on Facebook!

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  27. I would try these cookies or make some sugar cookies! tamramorgan@gmail.com

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  28. I follow Pampered Chef on Pinterest

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  29. I follow Pampered Chef on Pinterest.

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  30. I follow Pampered Chef on facebook! tamramorgan@gmail.com

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  31. I liked and am following Pampered Chef! I would so enjoy this give away. When I moved I lost most of my baking collection.....very, very sad moment! Would love to tear up the kitchen with my d-n-law and granddaughter!! Makes me so happy. Have a wonderful day. Deb

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  32. I would make cookies for Santa with this set. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  33. I follow on pinterest! tamramorgan@gmail.com

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  34. I follow Pampered Chef on Pinterest.

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  35. I liked Pampered Chef on Facebook.

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  36. I LOVE to cook and bake - this set would be a great addition to my kitchen! I'm looking forward to making cookies with the kids while they are on Christmas break.

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  37. I would love to win this so I could make all kinds of cookies. These Southern Pecan Cookies look fantastic -- I use to eat them as a child but they were called snowballs. I would make them and also some Snickerdoodles. I love cookies. Like Pampered Chef and would love to win this kit. cj51smile@yahoo.com

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  38. m1wheecli@aol.com I followed Pampered Chef on Facebook, great site thanks!!

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  39. I liked Pampered Chef on Facebook. cj51smile@yahoo.com

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  40. I followed Pampered Chef on Pinterest!!!!! m1wheecli@aol.com

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  41. I am following Pampered Chef on Pinterest. cj51smile@yahoo.com

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  42. I followed Pampered Chef on Facebook.

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  43. I followed Pampered Chef on Pinterest

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  44. I love to bake it is my passion I use a ton of your recipes when baking...I get a lot of requests for your southern banana pudding and your boston cream poke cake and having the new pampered chef set would be a great addition to helping me in making these items. Thank you.

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  45. I would no-bake me some Buckeye candies!

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  46. I liked Pampered Chef on Facebook

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  47. Following on facebook

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  48. I followed Pampered Chef on Pinterest!

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  49. I am folloing on pinterest.

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  50. Love Pintrest!
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  51. Following Pampered Chef on pineinterest.

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  52. Cakes and cookies, have alot of baking to do this week, having fun in the kitchen at the holidays are the best....and just love your recipes....:) And I follow you on Facebook and Pinterest and also follow Pampered Chef on Facebook and Pinterest..Hope everyone has a Wonderful Holiday Season.....:)

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  53. Follow The Pampered Chef on Facebook.

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  54. I followed Pampered Chef on Pinterest!

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  55. I would love to try making these pecan cookies with the bundle.
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  56. I would make various cookies, bars and candies with this set. I have been playing around with recipes working on a way to provide hubby with sugar free options. Carol at cmharris_85@hotmail.com

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  57. I am following the Pampered Chef on Facebook.

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  58. I am following the Pampered Chef on Pinterest.

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  59. I followed Pamper Chef on Facebook. cmharris_85@hotmail.com

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  60. I'm following Pampered Chef on Pinterest. cmharris_85@hotmail.com

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  61. First, I would make your recipe..Southern Pecan Butterballs, then I would make Cranberry Drop Cookies.... anglswhspr224@gmail.com

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  62. I follow Pampered Chef on facebook
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  63. I follow Pampered Chef on Pinterest also
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  64. Hi, Brandie! If i won this great baking bundle from Pampered Chef, the first thing I would make is my world-famous spicy cheese wafers. thanks!

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  65. I 'LIKE' Pampered Chef on Facebook

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  66. I 'FOLLOW' Pampered Chef on Pinterest (Emily Willingham)

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  67. Oh wow this would be exciting for me and I would have everything I need to bake some goodies. I lost much over the years from moving and for other reasons and this recipe right here is one of the 1st ones I would make is the pecan cookies..yummy. From there so many more goodies..but really want to make some Kalachkies ty Eva
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  68. This time of year I am always making something. These would be perfect for a cookie that I have been making close to ten years called the Sweet Dreams cookie. They are from a B & B in Calistoga Ca. I also make kitchen sink cookies and these all would be great towards making any of these and more.

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  69. LIKED on FB for a while now ty
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  70. I "like" pampered chef on facebook.
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  71. I would make These Cookies ! Also my Christmas Sparkle Cookies ! Sooooooooooo much to do ! Let the baking begin ! Thanks for the opportunity ! HOPE I WIN ! Pat B.

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  72. think I got the pininterest done also ty Eva Nagy
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  73. This set would make making anything better :). I love making cookies of any kind so those scoops would be awesome plus the new pan awesome along with a new cookie press, love those little spritzer cookies.

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  74. I'm Following Pampered Chef on Pinterest !

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  75. I "LIKED" Pampered Chef on Facebook !

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  76. My youngest daughter and I would make some absolutely yummy cheesecakes (my personal favorite:)!
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  77. Following Pampered Chef on Facebook

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  78. Following Pampered Chef on Pinterest

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  79. I "liked" The Pampered Chef on Facebook. jbrett123@windstream.net

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  80. I "liked" The Pampered Chef on Pinterest. jbrett123@windstream.net

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  81. I would make cookies for Santa :)

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  82. I like The Pampered Chef on Facebook

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  83. I follow The Pampered Chef on Pinterest

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  84. I would most likely try this Southern Pecan Butterballs recipe... Or Rum Balls :)

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  85. I would try different varieties of Christmas cookies, my first attempt!
    I LIKED Pampered Chef on Facebook.

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  86. I am following Pampered Chef on facebook!

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  87. going to make your pecan butterballs and some brown eyed susan cookies.

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  88. I Like The Pampered Chef on FB (Aimee Archer Wachman)

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  89. Every Christmas my family gets together to make Christmas cookies, this set would really come in handy!!!

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  90. Followed PC on Facebook!

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  91. I'd try this recipe! Well, I'm probably going to try it anyway, but it would be way more fun with this loot!!

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  92. Followed PC on Pinterest too!!

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  93. What a wonderful set.I'd make a black russian cake.Warm Blessings!~Amy
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  94. Gosh. I don't know quite where I'd start. The old stand-by and fav of the family are chocolate chip cookies with nuts, oatmeal and raisins.

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  95. I love to bake. I can think of many things to do with that set. I have a recipe for pecan snowballs that is similar to yours, but I might just try yours for comparison. (katrinamlowe@insightbb.com)

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  96. I follow Pampered Chef on Facebook. (katrinamlowe@insightbb.com)

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  97. I would have to make these cookies. I looove them and grew up getting them as a treat at the Smitty's bakery.

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  98. I liked the Pampered Chef on Facebook.

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  99. Following the Pampered Chef on Pinterest.

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  100. I would want to make everything! But, first, I would make some peanut butter blossoms.

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  101. Wow - Pampered Chef and a new cookie recipe!! Must be Christmas! This prize would really make my holiday baking a breeze!

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  102. I love making cookies and there is one I make called Birds in the Nest...a jam thumbprint cookie that would utilize many of these tools. How great it would be to win this!!!

    Sharry @ shysaver2@yahoo.com

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  103. I follow pampered chef on both face book and pinterest!

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  104. I now follow Pampered Chef on Facebook!

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  105. I would love to make a Christmas Coffee Cake like my mom used to make. The last house me and my kids lived in did not have a stove and I really missed baking casseroles and cookies!! A friend actually let us use her kitchen last year to bake our Thanksgiving Day turkey and green bean casserole ... loved it! We just moved and now my kids even love to bake and they are all teens now!

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  106. I am following on Pinterest. Thanks!!

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  107. I now follow Pampered Chef on pinterest!


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  108. I would love to make some of the beautifully decorated and iced sugar cookies that I have pinned so many pictures of!!
    Kathy
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  109. I would love to win this set! I teach my daughter to cook just like my Grandmother taught me and we love your good southern recipes. Plus you can NEVER have enough kitchen gadgets :)

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  110. I would make these cookies. I've always called them Wedding Cookies.

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  111. Following Pampered Chef on Pinterest!

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  112. Liked Pampered Chef on Facebook!

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  113. I would love to follow your recipe and make a platter full of these "snowballs"! Thats what we call them in here in Cali!! Beautiful set of bakeware that I would love in my kitchen!! Thanks and Merry Christmas!!

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  114. I am following Pampered Chef on pinterest!
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  115. I have liked Pampered Chef on Facebook!
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  116. I'd probably make these since they are my favorite Christmas cookie!

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  117. I used to love baking with my mom, especially around the holidays. I'd use this set to make some of her old recipes.

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  118. I like Pampered Chef on FB

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  119. I would make these cookies you posted the recipe for. I have made several of your recipes and love them!!!

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  120. I followed Pampered Chef on Pinterest

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  121. I liked Pampered Chef on Facebook

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  122. I would make Chocolate Chip cookies!! I own some Pampered Chef products and I love them all! Thanks for the chance to win!!
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  123. I used to make these with my mom when I was little. She added a little treat... a hershey kiss in the middle.
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  124. I liked Pampered Chef on FB
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  125. I now follow Pampered Chef on Pinterest.
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  126. I do a lot of baking and would use this on so many of the recipes I bake daily. I am going to make the cookies mentioned in this post today. I would use the items first to make a batch of homemade dough that I would use to make a batch of pizza dough as well. Then a cake for my husband.

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  127. I liked Pampered Chef on Facebook :)Would love to win this giveaway.

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  128. I Like Pampered Chef on Pinterest and shared the info on my Pinterest and Facebook account.

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  129. I would make these pecan butterballs and give them out as Christmas gifts!

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  130. I would make cookies! I've been wanting some scoops to make uniform cookies for quite some time but just haven't gotten around to purchasing them. This would be perfect!

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  131. I liked Pampered Chef on Pinterest.

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  132. Followed PC on Pinterest. They have lovely boards!

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  133. I liked Pampered Chef on Facebook.

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  134. These are my FAVORITE cookies and exactly what I would make with the Pampered Chef "loot" when I win it!!!!
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  135. I liked PC on Facebook.

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  136. I followed PC on Pinterest.


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  137. I would make the recipe above since they are my favorite Christmas cookies. Also in my previous post I meant to say I'm following PC on Pinterest on that I liked it, oops.

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  138. I would make snickerdoodles if I won this.

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  139. I followed pamperchef on pinterest & Facebook.

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  140. My family would love to use all the Pampered Chef items making Christmas cookies ~ especially our cake balls! Paula prazcurlyq@yahoo.com

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  141. I follow Pampered Chef on Facebook.
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  142. I follow Pampered Chef on Pinterest! Paula prazcurlyq@yahoo.com

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  143. I would try to make these cookies! They look amazing!

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  144. I would make some fun holiday brownies:)

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  145. I like The Pampered Chef on fb.

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  146. I follow The Pampered Chef on pinterest.

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  147. I would love to make some Rice Krispy treats!!

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  148. I liked The Pampered Chef on facebook:)

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  149. I am a Pampered Chef Pinterest follower:)

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  150. Frosted sugar cookies for sure I follow Pc on pinterest Dee yorkemom@swbell.net

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  151. I love your blog and I can't wait to try out these cookies

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  152. i will make peanutbutter balls & snickerdoddles

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  153. I'd love to make your butterball pecan cookies! You're the first person I've seen outside my family that calls them butterballs! We love them! Leslie

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  154. I've followed on Pinterest! Didn't even know they had a page! Thanks for a chance to win these Pampered Chef goodies! Leslie

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  155. I would make your southern pecan butterballs of course, and all sorts of other tasty treats.

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  156. If I had a facebook account, I would have gladly followed Pampered Chef on there too. (does that count? :) )

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  157. I've followed Pampered Chef on Facebook! Good luck to everyone!

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  158. I have a recipe using ground German Chocolate cookies. So good

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  159. I have followed Pampered Chef on Pinterest :)

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  160. I have liked Pampered Chef on Facebook :)

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  161. I have several recipes for sweet desserts to make with my kids...this set would be wonderful.to have to make them with. Would love to have this giveaway to make snickerdoodles :)

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  162. Great giveaway! I'd make chocolate chip cookies.

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  163. Pecan Balls My recipe is a little different,but good. I am going to try the butter shortening in mine. Thanks for the give away.

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  164. I do a lot of baking and I love Pampered Chef...those butterballs are a holiday tradition so those are first of my list!

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  165. I follow Pampered Chef on Facebook.

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  166. I'm following Pampered Chef on Pinterest!

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  167. Follow Pampered Chef on Pinterest.

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  168. The southern Butterballs are a must for the holidays!!!

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  169. I liked Pampered Chef on Facebook.

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  170. I am following Pampered Chef on Pinterest. Love their easy recipes!!!!

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  171. I would make cupcakes and sugar cookies.

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  172. Russian tea cookies are my favorite and southern style is even better!
    Liked/following pampered chef on fb/pinterest

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  173. I Follow The Pampered Chef on Pinterest (Aimee Wachman)

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  174. I "Liked" The Pampered Chef on my Facebook!

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  175. I "Followed" The Pampered Chef on Pinterest too!

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  176. I would make some more lazy cookie bars!!

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  177. I would love to make some Christmas sugar cookies. I love Pampered Chef products!

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