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Christmas Snowball Cookies - The only cookie recipe you need this holiday season..
Snowball Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
34 mins

My classic Snowball Cookies combine ground pecans, rich butter and powder sugar to create a holiday cookie you'll want to make all year round!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 25 -30 Cookies
  • 1 cup (8oz/250g) butter, room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (10oz/300g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (8oz/240g) pecans (ground or very finely chopped)
  • cups (6oz/180g) confectioners’ sugar
  1. Using a large whisk or and electric mixer cream together butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla and salt.
  2. Gradually add flour beating after each addition. Stir in the nuts; mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Divide dough in half and refrigerate in plastic food wrap for approximately 45 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, arrange oven rack in middle of oven and preheat to 35oºF (180oC) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
  5. Place confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl, set aside.
  6. After chilling roll the dough between palms of hands to achieve a small rounded ball 1 inch ball.
  7. Place dough balls 1½ inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake in preheated oven until the cookies are just beginning to brown for 14 minutes. Do not overbake. The underside of the cookies should be only lightly browned. And the cookies should not crack.
  9. Cool cookies on baking sheets for approximately 5 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheets using a metal cookie spatula. While cookies are still warm, gently roll them in the confectioners’ sugar.
  10. Place the sugar-coated cookies on wire racks to cool completely. Once cooled roll cookies in the confectioners’ sugar for a second time.
  11. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.