Family Recipe Friday: Pecan Shorts

Since this is Christmas, Family Recipe Friday should definitely include the recipe for our family's traditional Christmas cookie:  Pecan Shorts.  Every year I would always call back home and say 'mom, how do you make those cookies?' and every year I would scribble the recipe down and then lose it.  Finally I typed it up and now here it will remain for posterity:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter (this has to be REAL butter)
3 and 3/4 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
1/2 teaspoon cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans

Cream butter, sift and add flour and sugar. Mix well.  Add water and vanilla, lastly the nut meats.  Mold the cookies in your hand to a size you like.  Bake about 1/2 hour at 325 degrees or until they are getting pink.

Put some powdered sugar in a baggie.  Put the warm cookies (NOT straight from the oven or the powdered sugar will melt) a few at a time, in the baggie and shake until covered with powdered sugar.