Pecan Snowballs

Snowball fight!! Not really though, trust me you don’t want to be wasting these snowballs. The only place you want to be throwing these is in your mouth.

As I have mentioned before, pecans are my favorite and I especially like things with pecans in it. These are a perfect little Christmas cookie that you can bring to any gathering. If you’d like, you can always mix it up and make some with walnuts as well.



  • 1 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 c confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c chopped pecans


  1. If your pecans aren’t toasted already: measure out one cup of chopped pecans and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Bake them at 300°F for 10 minutes.
  2. Using a stand mixer, or hand mixer and a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Add 3/4 c confectioners’ sugar and mix on medium speed. Scrape down the sides and mix in vanilla.
  4. Slowly add in flour on low speed. Once combined, mix pecans in on medium speed.
  5. Cover and chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare baking sheets.
  7. Roll dough into 1 tbsp sized balls and place them 1 inch apart on the pan.
    • If it is taking a while for you to roll the balls, after you have rolled some put them in the refrigerator while you roll the rest. If the dough gets too warm the cookies will flatten when baking.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned on the top.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before rolling them in confectioners’ sugar and transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
  10. Once cooled completely, roll in confectioners’ sugar again.

Test Kitchen: Opinions and Changes

This is an old recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and it wasn’t the friendliest cookie to make. I decided to make my dough the night before and then allow it to get to room temperature before baking, and they ended up flattening! This is why I suggest putting some of the rolled balls in the fridge while you roll the rest. Besides that, the only other bothersome thing was when you first roll them in the powdered sugar, since the cookies are still a little warm, a slight paste begins to form on your fingers while you roll.


Happy Baking and Happy Holidays!

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