Snowball Cookies
Snowball Cookies with Pecans are always one of my favorite holiday cookies. They are buttery, tender, nutty from the chopped pecans, and covered in sweet powdered sugar. They’re a Christmas classic. Recipe at
Servings Prep Time
30-35cookies 45minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
30-35cookies 45minutes
Cook Time
  • 1cup unsalted buttersoftened at room temperature
  • 3/4cup powdered confectioners sugar
  • 1/4teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4cups all purpose flour
  • 1cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2cups powdered confectioners sugarfor rolling
  1. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter on medium until smooth and creamy. About 1 minute. Add the 3/4 cup of powdered sugar and salt and beat on medium-high until combined and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the flour. Once the flour is mixed in you can turn the speed up to medium-high until the dough comes together. It will be thick. Finally, mix in the chopped pecans.
  4. Chill the dough. Cover the dough and chill for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days. If you chill the dough for more than a couple of hours you’ll need to let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or so in order to roll into balls.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. In a small bowl, add the 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar.
  6. Roll the dough into 1-1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls. Place on the baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 13-15 minutes. The cookies will be set and just barely getting golden yellow on the bottom.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheets for about 5 minutes until still warm, but cool enough to handle. Gently roll the warm cookies in the powdered sugar. Place on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, roll in the powdered sugar again – you’ll notice that the powdered sugar really sticks now.
  9. Enjoy!