Ah! I know what those are! My mom and sister have made those every year for as long as I can remember. They are called NF's.
NF's? he asked. Why do they call them NF's?
I have no idea, I said, but my family makes them all the time. They are definitely called NF's.
A few weeks later I was thumbing through a cookie magazine and saw the little cookies. They were labeled Pecan Snowball Cookies.
I called my mom up and asked her why we had always called these snowball cookies NF's.
She giggled a little bit and said that it was a name she and her sisters had made up when she was a kid.
NF stands for...
I will now question the name of every dish my family has passed down, but I will teach my children to call them NF's, and I will not tell them what it means until they ask.
To make your own batch of NF's you only need a few things.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar (plus more for rolling)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla (yes, a whole tablespoon)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
- Preheat oven to 250
- Mix butter and powdered sugar until just combined.
- Add vanilla.
- Combine salt and flour in separate bowl and beat into butter mixture until just combined (do not overmix)
- Add chopped nuts
- Roll dough by teaspoonful into balls and place on cookie sheet. They do not spread so you can put quite a few on one sheet.
7. Bake at 250 for 35 minutes. Cookies should be somewhat firm but not brown.
8. Immediately roll in powdered sugar and place on cooling rack.
I put a piece of waxed paper or paper towels under the cooling rack to catch the falling sugar.
9. When cookies have cooled completely, roll them in powdered sugar a second time. Do not be chintzy with the sugar, your mouth will thank you.
Fantastic with an icy glass of milk, these cookies are perfectly bitesized... like donut holes.
And just as dangerous.
If you're not all cookied out, give NF's a try.