Snowball Cookies

This recipe is part of the Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap.  Be sure to check out all of the recipes in the side bar!


These are my absolute favorite cookies.  I love the powdered sugar and how they perfectly represent winter!  My mom used to always make these when we were little, and I remember being covered with white sugar.  Ed’s mom makes them, too, but I love this food processor recipe for them the best!

Snowball Cookies

  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioner sugar

Pulse pecans in a food processor until finely ground.  Add butter and process until smooth, about 1 minute.  Add sugar and vanilla, and pulse to combine.  Add flour and salt and pulse until a soft dough forms.  Turn dough out onto foil or plastic wrap and shape into a log, about 1 1/2 inches wide.  Wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325°F.  Slice log into about 24 disks, then roll into balls.  Bake for 15 minutes until slightly golden.  Dump confectioner’s sugar into a pie plate.  Briefly cool cookies on a rack, then roll in confectioner’s sugar.  Return cookies to rack and cool completely.  Roll in confectioner’s sugar again.



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8 responses to “Snowball Cookies

  1. Mmm. Just might try those next year!

  2. These are one of my dad’s absolute favorites! My sister and I always make these for him (and us!) during the holidays. The only difference – We use almonds, but I bet the pecans are equally as tasty, if not better. I think we’ll give it a try.

  3. Oh, those are beautiful! I made something along that line in seasons past but, since having kids, I’ve simplified a great deal. Still, I’ve got a cookie or two up my sleeve for your swap. 🙂

  4. Yum! Yum! These are my absolute favorites!

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  6. sadie

    i found the dough very crumbly and the cookies took way longer to get brown than the 15 minutes cooking time suggested. they also crumbled when i tried to roll them in the powdered sugar … any suggestions as to why this happened? the broken bits were thoroughly delicious and i even rolled some in grated chocolate which added to the deliciousness …. but sadly, no cookies in cookie shape survived!

    • They are very crumbly. You really can’t roll them vigorously in the sugar because they fall apart, especially when they’re hot. I lay them in the the sugar in a pie plate then flip them over, dusting the sugar over them carefully.

      They really don’t get browned at all in the oven and don’t have to. It’s up to you!

      • sadie

        oh … thought it was just mine that came out that way. i have made a second batch, with softer butter and they have held their shape. i also just put the cookie into the sugar and dusted it over the top. the ones i rolled in shaved/grated chocolate are divine with a little sugar dusted over the top via a sifter … all in all, delicious … glad to know i wasn’t a complete failure!! thanks so much for the recipe … they could become a family fave if i can just get them to hold their shape!!!

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