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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.
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