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Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies are a favorite Christmas cookie recipe, and these pecan-filled cookies are scrumptious all year round.

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30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time


8 ounces (2 cups) pecans

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup powdered sugar

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 325°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Process pecans in food processor until finely chopped. Transfer chopped pecans to bowl; stir in flour and salt. Set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Cream butter and granulated sugar in medium bowl 2 minutes or until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add nut mixture. Beat just until dough is combined.

  4. STEP 4

    Working with 1 tablespoon dough, shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 16-18 minutes or until very lightly browned. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes; transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Place powdered sugar into shallow bowl; roll cooled cookies in sugar to coat. Store in airtight container. If necessary, re-roll cookies in powdered sugar before serving.

Tip #1

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.  

Tip #2

Pecans can be purchased as halves or pieces. Finely chop by hand or pulse a few times in a food processor to save time.

Tip #3

Pecans can be purchased as halves or pieces. Using the food processor to chop the pecans delivers the best results for this cookie. It will give you just the right amount of finely chopped nuts and nut crumbs, creating a not-too-dry dough that gives the finished cookies a delicate texture.

Nutrition (1 cookie)

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