Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies

These Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies are a simple yet elegant little cookie with ground pecans, butter, flour, sugar and vanilla.

Rolled in powdered sugar after they are baked to create the perfect “snowball”. These are a must bake Christmas cookie on most dessert platters.

Snowball cookies are small, buttery, and crumbly but dense cookies that use confectioners’ sugar or (powdered sugar) to create the famous classic snow topping we all know and love.

These best Snowball cookies are a very popular treat that instantly bring back nostalgic feelings in all of us during the holiday season.

Whether you know them as Snowball Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes , these sweet treats are always a hit during the holidays.

If you made crescent shapes you may also know them as Viennese crescents or Greek kourabiedes.

Melt-in-your-mouth with the nutty taste of pecans in every bite, these are really quite the special little cookie.


  • 1 c butter softened
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c finely chopped pecans
  • 1 c powdered sugar for dusting


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In stand mixer cream butter and powdered sugar. Turn to low and mix in salt, vanilla, flour and pecans.

Roll into one inch balls. Place on parchment covered baking sheets a few inches part.

Bake for 11 minutes. Do not over bake
Remove from oven and allow to cool just enough to handle them.
Pour 1 cup powdered sugar in large Ziploc bag or in a wide bowl.
Gently add 3-4 cookies at a time and roll them gently in the bottom of the bag.
Use fork to scoop under each cookie and gently shake to remove excess powdered sugar.



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