Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies

Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies are a delightful treat, especially during the holiday season. These cookies have a rich and tender texture, made from a mix of butter, flour, and finely chopped pecans. Once baked, they’re rolled in powdered sugar, giving them a snowy appearance, which is why they’re often referred to as “snowball cookies.” The combination of the buttery base with the nutty flavor of the pecans makes them irresistibly delicious. Here’s a detailed recipe for you:

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Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies

  • Author: Marsha



1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar (plus extra for rolling)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans


Preparation: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.


Creaming: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until it’s smooth and well combined.


Add Vanilla: Mix in the vanilla extract.


Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Gradually add this to the butter mixture, blending well after each addition.


Pecans: Stir in the finely chopped pecans until evenly distributed throughout the dough.


Shape: Take small amounts of dough (about a tablespoon) and roll them into balls. Place them on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about an inch apart.


Bake: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly golden.


Sugar Coating: Once baked, allow the cookies to cool slightly. While they’re still warm, roll them in powdered sugar. Place them on a cooling rack to cool completely. Once cooled, you can roll them in powdered sugar again for an extra snowy appearance.


Serve and Enjoy: These cookies can be served immediately or stored in an airtight container for up to a week.


For a more pronounced pecan flavor, you can toast the pecans lightly before adding them to the dough.

These cookies can be frozen for up to a month. Just make sure to thaw them and roll in powdered sugar before serving.

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