Easy Pecan Snowball Cookies

 These cookies have been a favorite of mine for a long time.  I usually have all the ingredients on hand, so they are easy to throw together.  I can have them done in about half an hour! 

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Sunday night, I needed something quick to bake for the baby shower I hosted on Monday.  So, I dug through my pantry and found all the ingredients and whipped these up!  I also made them again last night for the Christmas party I am going to tonight. 

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These cookies are probably the easiest cookies you can ever make.  They also make a ton, so they are good for a crowd!  I made 65 cookies last night.  How many you make will depend on how big or small you make your balls. 


They have so many different names – Mexican wedding cookies, snowballs, Russian teacakes.  I remember making these with my friends in junior high.  We were studying foreign countries, and this was one of the popular foods from whichever country we were studying.  I loved them, and have made them many, many times since.  The best part about them is how incredibly easy they are to make. Easy Pecan Snowball Cookies (12)

These little bites of heaven taste divine, and just melt in your mouth!  They are not overly sweet.  They have a buttery flavor, and are also a little nutty.  They are soft and tender, with a little crunch from the pecans.  You won’t be able to eat just one! 

To make pecan snowball cookies you need: 

2 and half cups butter (room temperature)

1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for coating)

3 cups flour

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla

2 ½ cups finely chopped pecans

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. 

Next, cream together your butter and powdered sugar. 

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Slowly add flour, vanilla, and pecans and mix well.  It makes a shortbread type dough, and it is very thick. 

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After you have the dough ready, use your hands to roll it into small balls about a 1/2”.  (You get a little messy!)

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Place them on a baking sheet 1” apart and bake for 18 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are light brown color. 

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Once you pull them out of the oven, let them cool for a couple of minutes.  Then, while they are still warm, roll them in powdered sugar to coat. 

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You can place them on a wire cooling rack, or back on the baking sheet. 

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When they are completely cooled, roll them in the powered sugar again. 

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Then it’s time to enjoy!! 

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4 thoughts on “Easy Pecan Snowball Cookies

  1. meljo

    These are one of my all time favorites, too!! 🙂

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      They are delicious!!

  2. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    oh i love these! i think ill make them this weekend!

    i love your serving container with santa on it–so cute!

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      Thank you!! These were a hit at my Christmas party tonight. There’s not many left!

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