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Snowball Cookies Recipe | Christmas Cookies

Snowball Cookies Recipe | Christmas Cookies

Rupinder Kaur
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Snowball Cookies are the best and perfect dessert ever for the holidays. These buttery cookies are rolled in powdered sugar or confectioners sugar and filled with chopped or ground pecans.

What are Snowball Cookies?

Snowball cookies are also refer as Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian tea cake. These cookies are a mixture of toasted pecans, a lot of butter, all-purpose flour and sugar. The cookies are incredibly abundant from the butter along with the nutty pecans.

Reason to Love These Cookies

  • These cookies are buttery, rich in taste, and easy to make
  • Only need seven ingredients
  • All the ingredients are mixed together in one large bowl

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How to Make Snowball Cookies

To make the cookies, begin with creaming the butter together with 1/2 cup of the confectioners' sugar or sugar and vanilla. A handheld mixer or whisk works well for this. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour, followed with the pecans and salt. Increase the speed to medium to thoroughly incorporate all of the components.

The dough might appear dry at first, but as soon as you begin forming it into balls, it ought to be OK. Put each dough ball onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Bake the cookies for 14-15 minutes, or till golden brown. Remove the baked cookies in the oven and then roll them (while still warm ) in a bowl with the rest of the confectioners' sugar. 

Put them back to the lined baking sheets to cool. Once cool, roll the cookies a second time at the confectioners' sugar. I managed to receive 30 snacks from the recipe.


Nuts: You can also use walnuts or other nuts instead of pecans, but chopped pecans work well.

Flavouring:  If you love Italian flavour, make a dough using a teaspoon of anise extract.

Fun Add-Ins: For more flavours or to enjoy festive, add chocolate chips, crushed peppermint candy canes, and shredded coconut.

Here I made Pecan Snowball Cookies.

How Long Do Snowball Cookies Last?

You can store snowball cookies in an airtight container for upto five days in a pantry or upto two weeks in the fridge. Also, you can store it in the freezer for upto six months.

Preparation Time : 20 Minutes

Cook Time : 14 Minutes

Total Time : 34 Minutes


  • Butter 1 cup or 8oz/225g, room temperature (unsalted)
  • Sugar 1/3 cup (2 1/2oz/71g)
  • Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
  • Salt 1/4 teaspoon
  • All-purpose flour 2 cups or 10oz/284g
  • Toasted pecans 2 cups or 172 g or 60z  (finely ground or finely chopped)
  • Powdered sugar 1 and 1/2 cups or 172g or 60z


  • Take a large bowl, add butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt together. Now, using an electric mixer or a whisk or food processor, mix all the ingredients well.
  • Add all-purpose flour gradually in the same bowl and mix well using a spatula. Add flour in two batches, also add toasted pecans. Mix well until completely incorporated.
  • Now, refrigerate the cookie dough by covering the dough. Refrigerate it for about 45 minutes. After refrigerating, you can save or store the cookie dough for upto five days. If you want to store the dough for long, then freeze it and use it for upto six weeks.
  • Now, Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  • Now, take a small bowl and put the powdered sugar in that bowl, and set it aside.
  • After chilling the dough, using any measurable spoon or using 1 tbsp cookie scoop, scoop from the cookie dough, make small rounded balls.
  • Now, place these small rounded balls on the prepared baking sheet. Make some distance in between cookie balls.
  • Bake the cookies for 14 - 15 minutes in a preheated oven until light brown.
  • After baking, cool the cookies for 5 minutes or cool until enough to touch.
  • Now, roll cookies in powdered sugar while still warm.
  • Place cookies on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, roll snowball cookies again in powdered sugar (roll for the second time).
  • Store these snowball cookies in an airtight container for five days at room temperature.

Approximate Nutrition Value

Calories 130, fat 10(g), Cholesterol 15(mg), Sodium 50(mg), Carbohydrates 11(g),  Dietary Fiber 0, Protein 1(g)

Snowball Cookies Recipe Tips

  • You can use any chopped nuts or chopped pecans in the recipe.
  • If you want to chop the nuts quickly, then in a food processor give them a pulse or a few times.
  • You can freeze ball cookie dough well into any freezer-friendly container or storage bag.
  • If you only have salted butter, then remove salt from the recipe.
  • Pecan is optional, and you can also use mini chocolate chips or nuts instead of it.