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Pecan Snowball Cookies

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Soft and buttery, melt in your mouth pecan cookie combines with a generous coating of powdered sugar for dessert perfection!

pecan snowball cookies

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This past weekend we finally got our turn with that horrible cold front that was moving across the country and since we were trapped inside I started round one of my holiday baking.

It was fun experimenting with lots of old recipes like snickerdoodles, chocolate crinkles, and cream cheese cookies; but also trying new recipe ideas. I had some winners of the bunch so the next few days will be full of recipes. I will start with one of my favorite classic recipes- Pecan Snowball Cookies!

Why I love this recipe

  • They just melt in your mouth!
  • It only uses 7 basic ingredients.
  • You can mix it up in one bowl (the less dirty dishes the better!)
  • They only take 10 minutes in the oven.
Almond Snowball Cookies- in dish of powdered sugar easy 6 ingredient cookie recipe perfect for gifting around Christmas!

These cookies go by a ton of names by the way. I have heard them called Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Butterballs, Snowball Cookies, Mexican Teacakes, or Snowdrops. Whatever you call them, they are delicious!


If you have pecans, you probably have everything you need!

  • flour
  • salt
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • butter
  • pecans
  • sugar

Step by step

This simple recipe is easy enough for the kids to make (supervised of course!)

  1. Combine all ingredients except the powdered sugar in a bowl and mix until blended.
  2. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Roll in powdered sugar while still warm.
  5. Allow to cool then roll again in powdered sugar.


How long do pecan snowball cookies last?

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Do they freeze well?

This is a great recipe for freezing. You can freeze either before or after baking. Store baked cookies in a airtight freezer container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature.
To freeze dough for cooking later, store the same as cooked cookies, in an airtight container up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then allow to come to room temperature before rolling into balls and baking.

Can I use nuts other than pecans?

Yes, I have a recipe for Almond Snowball Cookies as well! For an alternative you can also try these gluten-free coconut snowball cookies as well.

I like to package these cookies up in these cute reindeer gift bags when gifting to kids, they always love it!

You might also love these holiday baking recipes perfect for gifting:

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, if you try it please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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pecan snowball cookies covered in powdered sugar

Pecan Snowball Cookies

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Soft and buttery, melt in your mouth pecan cookie combines with a generous coating of powdered sugar for dessert perfection!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar.
  3. Roll into 1″ balls
  4. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees on parchment paper lined baking sheet or until slightly browned.
  5. Roll balls in powdered sugar while still warm.
  6. Cool then roll in powdered sugar again.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 102
  • Sugar: 5.3 g
  • Sodium: 49.2 mg
  • Fat: 6.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.8 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 10.2 mg

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