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!

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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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