Traditional Snowball Cookies

by Myles

Soon, it is going to be Thanksgiving. And after that, it is December! You know what that means, right? Holidays! It is that time of the year again for endless gift wrapping and, of course, serving delightful foods. Well, any occasion won’t be complete without a dessert. And since we are talking about Christmas, you should make it more festive by coming up with treats that are just right for the celebration.

Thinking about White Christmas? Why not have Snowball Cookies then? Also known as Mexican Wedding Cookies, these little beauties are among the most favorite holiday treats of all time. They look festive and they taste really good! Plus, they complement a White Christmas!

What Are Snowball Cookies?

These cookies literally look like snowballs. They are made with ground pecans, butter (lots of butter!), flour, and a little bit of sugar. They are not sweet, but they are buttery and nutty, giving it a nice texture. The interior is savory and so is the exterior.

Are They Easy to Make?

Yes, the Traditional Snowball Cookies are very simple to make. All you need is a few ingredients. In just half an hour, you can make about two dozens of this delicious holiday dessert.

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Traditional Snowball Cookies

  • Author: Myles
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 25 cookies 1x


Ground pecans, butter, and powdered sugar – these are the secrets to making THE best Snowball Cookies. Get ready for a snowball fight!



1 cup butter (room temperature)

1/3 cup sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups toasted pecans (finely ground)

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt using an electric mixer.
  2. Add flour (in 2 batches) using a spatula and then stir in the nuts. Mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Cover the mixture and leave it in the fridge for about 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  5. Put powdered sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Scoop approximately a tablespoon of the dough and roll it into a rounded ball. Do the same with the rest of the dough.
  7. Arrange the dough balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until the underside of the cookies is lightly browned. The top should still be pale in color.
  9. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then gently roll them in powdered sugar while they are still warm. Put them on a wire rack and allow them to completely cool.
  10. Roll the cookies in powdered sugar one more time and serve.


  • You can make the dough ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or, you can also keep it in the freezer for 6 weeks.

It is important that you do not overbake the cookies. The underside should be light brown while the top should still be pale. If you are unable to finish the snowball cookies in one day, store them in an airtight container (at room temperature). They should be good for up to five days.

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Richa Bhargava Mitra November 19, 2020 - 9:49 pm


Oscar November 20, 2020 - 10:18 am

I love these cookies I will try to make over my time off. The overall process is clear where there 45 min in the refrigerator looks to be an important part so the flour and butter can combine well.

Seasons of Parenting November 20, 2020 - 11:47 am

Thank you! This cookie has been a family favorite for generations, and I appreciate the tip about making the dough ahead. I’m already figuring out some good time savers for this year, and this is a good one. Thank you for sharing.

Barbara Alhadeff December 26, 2020 - 1:29 pm

My mother made these cookies all the time substituting finely ground walnuts for the pecans. She always added a surprise in the center of each cookie—3 or 4 chocolate chips, or a red or green candied cherry, or a date. When you bit into the cookie, you had a sweet surprise. Brings back fond memories of my Mom


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