Snowball Cookies

Buttery soft snowball cookies loaded with crunchy pecans. Not only are they simple, but they’re also the best holiday cookie in the world!

Snowball Cookies on Christmas plate

Pecan Snowball Cookies

I just love love love these snowball cookies. They are the ultimate holiday cookie (right there with our Snickerdoodles and Sugar Cookies) and are often referred to as Mexican wedding cookies. They’re also the easiest cookie to make. Ever. Six ingredients are all you need to make these yummy little things.

Snowball cookies practically melt in your mouth. They are super soft but the pecans give it that tasty crunch every cookie needs. Did I mention they are rolled in powdered sugar? Doesn’t get much better than that.

There are probably 100 or more reasons to make these cookies but on top of the list are:

  • all of your holiday parties
  • cookie exchanges
  • classroom parties
  • neighbor gifts
  • wrap them up and give to garbage workers/mail workers/UPS workers as a little tip
  • seasonal teacher gifts

Snowball Cookie dough rolls with Pecans on cookie sheet

How to Make Snowball Cookies

As mentioned, these snowball cookies with pecans are simple! Begin by preheating the oven to 350 while you cream together the butter, vanilla, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.

Stir in the flour, pecans, and the salt. Mix everything together until well combined. Maybe taste a little bit of the dough just to make sure it’s not poisonous. 😉

Roll the dough into balls that are about 1 tablespoon wide. Place them on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 14-15 minutes. Do not let them brown. Roll the hot cookies in powdered sugar and let them cool. Then roll them in the powdered sugar one more time. So simple!

How to store snowball cookies? Store these wonderful snowball cookies in an airtight container until you’re ready to eat them! These snowball cookies also freeze really well. Just put them into an airtight container in layers separated with wax paper. When you’re ready to eat them, let them thaw completely and roll in a little extra powdered sugar.

Can you make a chocolate version of snowball cookies? If you love chocolate, you can make these into chocolate snowball cookies! Just add 1/2 cup cocoa powder in with the rest of the dry ingredients and continue with the rest of the instructions in the recipe. Enjoy these snowball cookies plain or chocolatey!

Snowball Cookies coated with powdered sugar

We hope you enjoy these cookies during the holiday season. They’re great for gifting as well as devouring. 😉

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Snowball Cookie Recipe

4.85 from 13 votes

Buttery soft snowball cookies loaded with crunchy pecans.  Not only are they simple, but they're also the best holiday cookie in the world!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 90 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar for dusting, as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Cream together butter, vanilla, and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. Stir in flour, pecans, and salt. Mix till well combined. Roll dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon wide, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  3. Bake at 350 for 14-15 minutes. Do not let them brown.

  4. Roll hot cookies in powdered sugar. Once they have cooled, roll them once more in sugar. Enjoy


Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Intrigued with the recipe for Snowball Cookies. Instructions say to add the flour but there is no flour in the ingredients list. how much flour is used?

  2. 5 stars

  3. Hell0!!!
    Love All Your emails!
    Your snOwBall cookiEs recipe is
    MIssing the Quantity for the
    Flour ( in both veRsions including the pdf). Pls advise. THank You
    Merry christmas ! Deb

  4. Just wanted to let you know in your snowball COOKIES.There is no mention of how much flour GOES in The. Recipe. For INGREDIENTS.ty

  5. 5 stars
    Such a classic Christmas cookie! These are so good!! Love that they are soft, but also crunchy! My kids love the powdered sugar!

  6. 5 stars
    Living in phoenix my kids have only been in actual snow once. But I do like to have fun with fake snow. We always cut out paper snowflakes to hangup. These cookies will be the perfect treat during the activity.

  7. 4 stars
    I made these at christmas time and for the most part they came out great. My problem was the dough didn’t stick together very well. It was kind of crumbly. Otherwise, loved them!!!