Early on day:
1. In bowl, cream shortening with 1/2 cup sugar until fluffy. Then beat in flour, salt, and vanilla. Carefully fold in pecans.
2. Start heating oven to 375Â°F.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on greased cookie sheets.
4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden.
5. Roll immediately in confectioners' sugar; cool on wire racks. Roll again in sugar. Makes 42.