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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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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I have an old Land O Lakes recipes book from many years ago and this is my favorite recipe to make with my kids. These snowballs come out so light. The key is to make sure the snowballs are small enough to pop in your mouth in one bite. Less mess ;)

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Hi Suzanne, it sounds like you may be thinking of another recipe. These snowball cookies are meant to be a bit drier and crispier than what you have described. Hope you find the recipe you are looking for!

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Are these softer than other recipes. Mine turned out dry and crisp. I like the ones we made for my Brownie badge 62 years ago that were soft and flavorful and stayed round. Can you help?

Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Suzanne, it sounds like you may be thinking of another recipe. These snowball cookies are meant to be a bit drier and crispier than what you have described. Hope you find the recipe you are looking for!
Posted November 24, 2015

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Delicious! We had no pecans & used walnuts instead. Excellent with substituting gluten free flour as well. We used coconut sugar in the recipe & it tastes divine.

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Hi Mary Ann- Yes, you can freeze the cookies. Roll them in powdered sugar before freezing them and then again once they are thawed before serving. Happy baking!

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i was wondering if I can freeze the pecan balls after they have been rolled in the confectioners sugar.

Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Hi Mary Ann- Yes, you can freeze the cookies. Roll them in powdered sugar before freezing them and then again once they are thawed before serving. Happy baking!
Posted January 14, 2015

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Super easy and perfect recipe. Undercooking isn't a good idea tho. It can make them too crumbly and harder to roll. About 21 minutes was perfect for me. They barely grow in the oven so I can put a whole lot on a sheet. I also baked on parchment but that isn't necessary according to the recipe. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

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