Cookies Classic Snowball Cookies 4.66 from 319 votes Create a Profile! × Please sign up to save your favorite recipes Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Jump To Video Save Recipe My classic Snowball Cookies recipe combines ground pecans, rich butter, and powder sugar to create a holiday cookie you'll want all year round! By Gemma Stafford | December 4, 2019 | 293 Last updated on December 20, 2020 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Snowball Cookies are hands down without a doubt one of my favorite cookies! Also known as Mexican Wedding Cookies, these are one of my favorite holiday cookies as they look so festive and taste even better! What are Snowball Cookies? Snowball cookies are an unusual combination of ground pecans, lots of butter, flour and a bit of sugar. The cookies themselves are not that sweet but are extremely rich from the butter and the nutty pecans. The combination of this almost savory interior with the sweet exterior of powdered sugar is just plain heavenly! [If you like pecans you’ll love my No-Bake Pecan Pie Truffles which are just like a mini bite of pie covered in rich chocolate!] How to Grind Pecans The cookies feature ground pecans, giving them a crumbly texture and toasty flavor throughout. If you’ve never baked with ground nuts before you’ll love this. I grind up my pecans in a food processor then add them to the rest of the ingredients. This ensures each cookie is even in texture and full of that pecan flavor. You can mix this dough up in one bowl using a hand mixer or just a large whisk. Why Are They Called Snowball Cookies? After the dough comes together you form them into perfect little snowball shapes. These bake for just a short 12 minutes before they are bathed in a generous amount of powdered sugar while still warm. The warmth of the cookies heats the sugar-coating them with a lovely layer of sweetness and it does not stop there. After completely cooling these little snowballs get the second dip in powdered sugar. This is what makes the flavor of these cookies so over the top and of course what makes them look like little snowballs! Get more Holiday Cookies and baking tips and tricks at my Holiday Baking Headquarters page. Be sure to check out some of my other favorite holiday treats! Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Soft Sugar Cookies Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe Follow Bigger Bolder Baking on Pinterest for more Holiday Baking ideas! Try These Recipes! Cinnamon Roll CookiesHomemade Thin MintsHomemade Samoas Cookies (Girl Scout Toasted Coconut Cookies)Baking Powder VS. Baking Soda When Baking Cookies Watch The Recipe Video! Play Classic Snowball Cookies Recipe 4.66 from 319 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… My classic Snowball Cookies recipe combines ground pecans, rich butter, and powder sugar to create a holiday cookie you'll want all year round! Servings: 25 Cookies Dessert Nuts Christmas Baking Pans Electric Mixer Oven Prep Time 20 minsCook Time 14 minsTotal Time 34 mins My classic Snowball Cookies recipe combines ground pecans, rich butter, and powder sugar to create a holiday cookie you'll want all year round! Servings: 25 Cookies Ingredients 1 cup (8oz/225g) butter, room temperature1/3 cup (2 1/2oz/71g) sugar2 teaspoons vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon salt2 cups (10oz/284g) all-purpose flour2 cups (8oz/225g) toasted pecans* (finely ground)1½ cups (6oz/172g) powdered sugar Instructions Using a large whisk or electric mixer cream together butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt.Using a spatula, gradually add flour in 2 batches. Lastly, stir in the nuts and mix until fully incorporated.Cover and refrigerate the dough for approximately 45 minutes. (You can store the dough in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze it for up to 6 weeks)Preheat to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.Place powdered sugar in a small bowl, set aside.After chilling, use a 1 tablespoon measure to scoop your cookies. Roll between the palms of your hands to achieve a rounded ball. Place dough balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets and DO NOT flatten, leave as little balls. Bake in preheated oven for 14-15 minutes. Do not overbake. The underside of the cookies should be only lightly browned but the top will still be pale in color which is correct.Cool cookies on the baking sheet for approximately 5 minutes. While the cookies are still warm, gently roll them in the powdered sugar.Place the sugar-coated cookies on wire racks to cool completely. Once cooled roll cookies in the powdered sugar for a second time.Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.