Snowball Cookies

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Snowball cookies are a favorite Christmas cookie recipe, but these pecan-filled cookies are scrumptious all year 'round.
45 min
Prep Time
1:25
Total Time
36 cookies

Ingredients

2 cups
all-purpose flour
2 cups
finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup
sugar
1 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon
vanilla
 
Powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 18-25 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes; roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when cool.

Recipe Tips

These cookies have many names depending on where you live! Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cakes and snowballs are all similar cookies with just slight variations.  

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories
130
Cholesterol
15mg
Carbohydrates
11g
Protein
1g
Fat
10g
Sodium
50mg
Dietary Fiber
0g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

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Delicious.

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Made these as a last minute thing to take to a Christmas get together. They were very easy to make and were very tasty- I am always pleased with the Land O Lake recipes and it is the only cook book I ever use.

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You are right, Jennifer, a 1:1 substitution of whole wheat flour for white, all purpose flour will not work for this type of cookie. There are some recipes in which a partial substitution may yield acceptable results. For this recipe, however, we recommend using the listed amount of white flour. Thanks for your question!

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I made this recipe with whole wheat flour instead of white flour. I think I messed up. I had to bake it in a convection oven for 25 mins and had to let cool longer than 5 minutes. Each cookie crumbled. I'm not sure if the whole wheat flour was not a good substitute or not? Any advice?

Test Kitchen Comment
From: Susie
You are right, Jennifer, a 1:1 substitution of whole wheat flour for white, all purpose flour will not work for this type of cookie. There are some recipes in which a partial substitution may yield acceptable results. For this recipe, however, we recommend using the listed amount of white flour. Thanks for your question!
Posted December 28, 2016

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Do you have to use land of lakes butter?

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This was a childhood favorite, and I now make them very quickly with a foodprocessor - no need to wait for butter to soften or to chop the nuts. Just put the pecans in the processor bowl, pulse a couple of times to start chopping - no need to get them to a fine stage. Add flour and sugar, pulsing once or twice to mix, then add in cold butter, cutting the stickets into tablespoon size chunks. Pulse the food processor until you have pea sized mixture, add vanilla, and briefly process until dough holds together - don't overwork. Balls are quickly made using a spring trigger scoop with a 1" diameter. Enjoy!

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A real crowd pleaser! I added these to my annual Christmas baskets last year and they were a huge hit. My parents say these remind them of the snowball cookies their parents made when they were children. I've had so many requests to make them over and over. Tip: This dough freezes very well. I've prepared this dough and frozen it for up to two months. Just pull it out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the fridge. Once it's thawed just roll and bake as usual. Tastes as good as fresh!

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This recipe is great! Very simple and delicious they make for a very festive presentation on a holiday treat plate.

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OMG the best cookies ever. In Germany, we seldom bake with pecan nuts and our christmas cookies are the most time-consuming ones. I swear - I never bate in a cookie that felt like heaven until I tried these super delicious cookies! Thanks!

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We call these Butter Ball Cookies. They are the best especially with milk. I use chopped walnuts. Santa Claus loves these cookies!

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Love these cookies!

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These cookies took forever to bake. Very delicious, though! I made a third batch today and turned the temperature up to 355 and they still took at least 30 minutes to bake even though I made them much smaller this time. These are my very favorite cookies!!

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Hi Chris, you can store the cookies in a container with a tight fitting lid for up to a week. Happy baking!

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HI Vickie, you could make the dough 2-3 days before baking. If you wanted, you could also make the cookies and freeze them for up to 2 months. Happy baking!

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Seems like a Wonderful gift to pass out to co-workers and neighbors, as well as family members, in a decorative container...how long will they keep fresh once baked and sugared?

Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Chris, you can store the cookies in a container with a tight fitting lid for up to a week. Happy baking!
Posted December 30, 2015

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Shirley D. I recall your recipe. I think this will work. We used very finely chopped pecans in them. And made them abt the size of your pinky finger. This recipe here is what the nurses called turds in snow. You squeeze the dough in your hand so your fingers dent the dough you bake them and they are lumpy. Then you put them in a bowl of powdered sugar lol.

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My mom would always add crushed peppermint stick candy inside the center of the dough ball

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Hi. How far ahead can dough be made? Thank you.

Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
HI Vickie, you could make the dough 2-3 days before baking. If you wanted, you could also make the cookies and freeze them for up to 2 months. Happy baking!
Posted December 29, 2015

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Hi Karen, these cookies can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. Happy baking!

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How long will these cookies last after baked?

Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Karen, these cookies can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. Happy baking!
Posted December 21, 2015

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