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The Best Snowball Cookies Recipe

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The Best Snowball Cookies Recipe

Treat yourself, you deserve it. 

Try this easy recipe for delicious snowball cookies, perfect for the holidays! 

Odds are, you have had a taste of these delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cookies before, but you may have called them something different. These holiday cookies are light, fluffy, tossed in powdered sugar, and found in cookbooks around the globe! Some other names for snowball cookies include:

Russian Tea Cakes

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Crescent Cakes

Butterballs

Pecan Sandies

Italian Wedding Cookies

If you have not yet had the opportunity to sink your teeth into these holiday delights, or you are looking to start a sweet new tradition for your home during the holidays, keep reading for the best snowball cookies recipe! 


 

How to Make Pecan Snowball Cookies 

These cookies are surprisingly easy to make and master, especially with our simple recipe. These snowball cookies feature pecan, a classic pairing to the velvety buttery flavor of the cookie dough, but feel free to substitute with your personal favorite chopped nut variety! 

To make these cookies, you will need chopped pecans, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, flour, and powdered sugar. 

Experienced bakers know that measuring out the ingredients before mixing will not only make any recipe less stressful but usually results in better quality. Pre-measuring leads to more accurate measurements, more efficient baking, and even makes cleanup a simpler process. 


ingredients for snowball cookies on counter: bowl of powdered sugar, measuring cup of chopped pecans, two sticks of butter, a bowl of flour, a measuring cup of sugar, a small bowl of vanilla extract, and a small bowl of salt

 

Preheat the oven to 350° F and line two baking sheets and one baking dish with parchment paper. 

Spread the chopped nuts in an even layer in the baking dish and place in the oven to toast for 6 to 8 minutes. This will add lovely toasted flavor to the cookies (and it makes your home smell like a winter dream). Once ready, place the chopped nuts back onto the counter to cool. 


baking dish lined with parchment paper and chopped pecans

 

Meanwhile, combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat until the mixture becomes creamy and begins to form small peaks. Then, continue beating while adding the vanilla and salt. 


glass mixing bowl with two sticks of butter

hand mixer next to beaten butter and sugar in glass mixing bowl

 

Lightly mix in the flour and fold in the chopped nuts, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to avoid wasting ingredients. This will also give a more balanced flavor. 


beaten butter and flour in glass mixing bowl

chopped pecans and butter in glass mixing bowl

mixed snowball cookie dough in glass mixing bowl

 

Ideally, the dough will be crumbly, similar to the texture of wet sand (though, less grainy). With clean hands, use a spoon to scoop out portions of dough, and roll them in your hands to form balls. Aim for around 1 to 2 inches in diameter to ensure even baking. 

As you go, place the dough balls onto the lined baking sheets with at least ½ inch of room on all sides to account for rising. 

If the dough feels room temperature or warm, place the baking sheets into the refrigerator for 20 or 30 minutes to cool. Chilled dough will keep the cookies from going flat while baking, resulting in light and airy cookies. 


hand holding small ball of cookie dough in foreground with bowl of dough in background

several balls of cookie dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheet

 

Place the baking sheets in the oven to bake for around 15 minutes. Pay attention to the cookies to know exactly when to remove them. Once they begin to golden, especially around the edges, remove and examine them. To double-check that they are fully cooked, poke the center (thickest part) of the cookies with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, they are done. If not, place the cookies back in the oven to bake for an additional few minutes. 


freshly baked snowball cookies on baking sheet up close

 

Once they are finished baking, fill a large bowl with powdered sugar. Add a few cookies at a time to the bowl, tossing to coat, and transfer to a serving dish. Repeat until all cookies are coated and enjoy your homemade pecan snowball cookies! 


plate of snowball cookies


 

plate of snowball cookies

Table & Thyme’s Snowball Cookies Recipe

Share in the holiday cheer this year with these festive snowball cookies! These buttery, fluffy cookies are made with toasted pecans and dusted in magic (powdered sugar). Here’s how to make them: 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecans or nuts, finely chopped
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets and a baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the chopped nuts in an even layer of the baking dish and let them toast in the preheating oven for around 8 minutes. Set aside to cool. 
  3. Combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Then, add the vanilla extract and salt and repeat. 
  4. Fold in the flour and toasted nuts until the dough becomes crumbly, similar to wet sand. 
  5. Use a spoon to portion dough and mold it into dough balls with clean hands. Place dough balls onto lined baking sheets with room on all sides. If necessary, let the dough chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before baking. 
  6. Place cookies in the oven to bake for 15 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. 
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Fill a large bowl with powdered sugar and toss the cookies in powdered sugar to coat. Repeat until coated to your liking. 
  8. Enjoy! 

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s recipe spotlight. Now that you have everything you need to make the best holiday snowball cookies of the year, why not check out our other holiday guides? Find out how to make apple cider at home, how to put together a festive holiday charcuterie wreath, how to make every holiday party a jolly one, and so much more on our blog. 


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