• 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 2 cups flour, sifted or use cake flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

A recipe that pays tribute to the person who taught me my love of cooking

Tales of the Dinner Belle

By Brenda Stanley

It was my grandmother who fostered my love of cooking. She was an incredibly inventive and talented cook and along with my mother, instilled in me this desire to express love through feeding those I care about. My sweet grandma Beulah passed away this week at ninety-nine years of age. She lived a full life filled with adventure and love and will be dearly missed. I’m so lucky to have had all those years with her. This week, I spent hours just leafing through her recipe files and reminiscing about all the wonderful times I spent in her kitchen. I still marvel at how she rarely measured anything and how many of her favorite recipes were memorized.  I am so lucky that we had her write down literally hundreds of them.  Unlike many cooks, she never hesitated to give away her secrets. Many of those recipes are what make up what I bring you each week.  To honor her, I made her Pecan Puffs. A delicate and sweet cookie that is simple to make. She used to make a double batch, so there were plenty to share. It’s what I enjoy most about cooking. It’s sharing what I enjoy and love. I’m glad I’ve been able to share a bit of my grandma Beulah with all of you.

Belle’s (Beulah’s) Pecan Puffs

2 sticks of butter (1 cup)

4 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups pecans

2 cups flour, sifted or use cake flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy.  Add the vanilla and mix until smooth. In a food processor (or with a knife), chop the pecans until they are very finely diced. Add the pecans and flour to the mixture.  Mix well and then drop by rounded teaspoon sized balls on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and roll each cookie in powdered sugar while still hot.