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Snowball Cookies Recipe

Snowball cookies are a classic holiday dessert made with simple ingredients, are buttery, nutty, and just melt in your mouth. Perfect for Christmas, or any other holiday, they'll be a family favorite on the dessert tray!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, holiday baking recipe
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 192kcal


  • 3/4 cup pecan halves or pieces
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

For rolling

  • additional powdered sugar (about a cup or so)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Chop pecans until they're nice and small (I like to use my food processor for this, but you can use a knife if you prefer).
  • In a mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, and chopped pecans. Stir and set aside.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, add butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Use a hand mixer on medium speed to beat the mixture until creamy, a few minutes.
  • Add the flour mixture from step 3, about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well on low speed after each addition, until all flour mixture is added with no flour streaks remaining.
  • Use a cookie scoop to scoop 1 inch balls of dough and roll them in your hands to be evenly round. Add balls of dough to prepared baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch in between each ball.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  • Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 4-5 minutes.
  • While the cookies are cooling slightly, add additional powdered sugar to a shallow bowl. Roll the cookies, one by one, in the powdered sugar, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Once completely cooled, roll in powdered sugar again, then serve or store.


  • Recipe makes approximately 18-24 cookies.


Cooled snowball cookies should be stored in an airtight container, at room temperature, lined with a paper towel for up to 2 weeks.


Once the cookies have been rolled in 1 coat of powdered sugar and cooled completely, they should be placed on a lined baking sheet and frozen for 1-2 hours, or until frozen solid.
Then the cookies can be transferred to a freezer-safe container, labeled with the date, and frozen for up to 3 months.
Thaw in the refrigerator, then set out to warm to room temperature, roll in powdered sugar and serve.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg