Snowball Cookies

Snowballs Cookie Recipe

Remember when you were a kid and your mama or daddy would bring home a big box of powdered sugar donuts?

That was the best thing ever, you guys.

I mean, it was like eating snow. Sweet, sugary, and totally messy snow. I loved it more than life.

snowball cookies

I’m much more likely to reach for a glazed donut these days, but any time I eat something covered in powdered sugar, I feel like a kid.

Sooooo, basically what I’m saying is that these Snowball Cookies will transport you back to childhood. They definitely rank in the top 5 favorite cookies for me, which is saying a lot because I seem to make cookies every other day.

snowball cookies recipe

Even though these are rolled in powdered sugar, they aren’t tooth achingly sweet. The cookie itself really isn’t sweet at all until it’s coated. It’s a bit like a shortbread cookie, but it’s absolutely loaded with ground pecans. The texture is just perfect – soft with a slight crunch.

snowball cookie recipe

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Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


1 cup butter, softened
2 cups flour
2 cups finely diced or ground pecans (I put them in my blender)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Powdered sugar, for rolling


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Add the butter, flour, pecans, and granulated sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until well combined. Scrape the bowl as needed.
Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool on the pan for 5 minutes and then roll in the powdered sugar.

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14 Responses to “Snowball Cookies”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 5, 2013 @ 5:42 am (#

    My Gran makes these every year and I loooooove them! Great recipe!


  2. Andrea @Andrea's answer to December 5, 2013 @ 7:03 am (#

    One of my favorites! Make them every Christmas just like my mom. Although we call them Pecan Sandies! :-)


  3. Stephanie @ Plain Chicken December 5, 2013 @ 7:11 am (#

    YUM! These look delicious!


  4. Erin | The Law Student's Wife December 5, 2013 @ 8:41 am (#

    I LOVE snowballs! My grandma used to make them every year and would sneak an extra baggie in my hello kitty backpack when my mom wasn’t looking. I can’t wait to get powdered sugar all over my kitchen and relive the glory days!


  5. Ashley December 5, 2013 @ 12:49 pm (#

    Snowballs are some of my favorites! They are definitely pretty and delicious cookies!


  6. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 5, 2013 @ 1:44 pm (#

    mmmm such a classic!


  7. TaraLee December 5, 2013 @ 2:24 pm (#

    If you substitute the pecans for ground almonds, they are called Mexican Wedding Cakes. They are also a staple on our Christmas Baking list each year. Yum!


  8. Layla @ brunchTimebaker December 5, 2013 @ 6:17 pm (#

    Wow they look really yummy!


  9. Joanne December 5, 2013 @ 8:48 pm (#

    And wouldn’t you know, I had planned to make snowballs this weekend! They are such a classic for a reason. Though sometimes they do give me powdered sugar inhalation coughing fits. But I refuse to hold a grudge.


  10. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 5, 2013 @ 9:18 pm (#

    Snowballs are a favorite, I will be making them this weekend!


  11. Susan December 5, 2013 @ 10:58 pm (#

    I wan to make the snowball cookie recipe but do not have a stand mixer. Can I use hand mixer?


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  12. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen December 6, 2013 @ 12:13 pm (#

    Snowball cookies are one of the best cookies ever!!! Always a holiday time must-have!


  13. Lisa@ Cooking with Curls December 7, 2013 @ 10:07 am (#

    My mom never brought home powdered doughnuts, she was anti sweets! But, she did make Russian Teacakes every Christmas and they are still my all-time favorite cookie during the holidays. :)


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