Read more about my mother’s recipe at Bake or Break.
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or line baking pans.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, and mix well. Add flour and salt, mixing until almost combined. Stir in pecans. Finish mixing dough with hands.
Pinch off about 2 teaspoons of dough and roll into balls using a circular motion with your hands. Roll dough balls using a back and forth motion to shape into logs. Place dough on prepared baking pans.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on baking pans. While cookies are still warm, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.