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Buttery soft snowball cookies are loaded with pecans. This easy, melt-in-your-mouth cookie is simply the BEST holiday cookie!

These are the perfect Christmas cookie, along with our Ginergbread Cookies, Snickerdoodles and Frosted Sugar Cookies!

Snowball Cookies piled on Christmas plate.

Why We Love Them!

I just love love love these snowball cookies (aka Russian Tea Cakes)!

They are the ultimate Christmas cookie (right there with our Snickerdoodles and Frosted Sugar Cookies) and are often referred to as Mexican Wedding Cookies.

Here are more reasons why we love them:

  • Simple. There are few ingredients and only 4 steps!
  • Easy. Just 6 ingredients to make these yummy little things.
  • Soft and tasty. Snowball cookies practically melt in your mouth.
  • Perfectly gift-able. They are the perfect addition to any party, but especially beautiful on cookie plates for neighbors and friends for Christmas.

Simple Ingredients

  • unsalted butter Softened, not melted butter. Softened butter will provide the correct texture. If you’re short on time use this post on How to Soften Butter Quickly
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar
  • all-purpose flour – Measure the flour by scooping it into the measuring cup and leveling it off.
  • salt
  • pecans – Or your favorite nuts – chopped walnuts, almonds, cashews, or pistachios may be used (can be chopped in a food process or nut chopper.
Cookie dough balls with Pecans on cookie sheet.

Quick + Simple Cookies

  1. PREP. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. BATTER. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with an electric mixer), cream together butter, vanilla, and ½ cup of powdered sugar. Stir in flour, chopped pecans, and salt. Mix until well combined. Roll dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon wide, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. BAKE. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until a light golden brown.
  4. GARNISH. Roll hot cookies in powdered sugar. Once they have cooled, roll them once more in sugar. Enjoy

Pro Tips!

  • Chilling the dough for 30 minutes may make it easier to roll into balls. It will also help them keep their shape.
  • Use a 1-inch cookie scoop to easily make uniform cookies.
Snowball cookies rolled in powdered sugar on a cookie sheet.

Recipe Tips

Pecan snowball cookies are so simple, and these tips will ensure they come out perfectly.

  • Make a chocolate version. Add ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder with the dry ingredients, and continue with the rest of the instructions in the recipe.
  • Variations. Mix colored sprinkles or mini chocolate chips into the dough. Replace the vanilla with almond extract, and the pecans with slivered almonds.
  • Dry dough. If the dough seems too dry, add a little more softened butter, or a tablespoon of applesauce.
Snowball cookies coated with powdered sugar.

Storing Info

  • STORE snow cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week.
  • FREEZE in an airtight container in the freezer for about 6 months. Remove from the container to thaw, otherwise, the condensation turns the powdered sugar into a gooey mess. Reroll them in powdered sugar if desired.
  • Freeze the cookie dough. Shape the dough into balls and place them all on a baking sheet and freeze. Once solid, transfer to a freezer Ziploc. Thaw at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before baking. 
Snowball cookies piled on a plate with a bite missing from one of them.
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4.96 from 50 votes

Snowball Cookies Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Buttery soft snowball cookies are loaded with pecans. This easy, melt-in-your-mouth cookie is simply the BEST holiday cookie!
Servings: 30
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes
Total: 24 minutes

Ingredients 

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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175 degrees C).
  • Cream together butter, vanilla, and ½ cup of 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.
  • Bake for 14-15 minutes. Do not let them brown.
  • Roll hot cookies in powdered sugar. Once they have cooled, roll them once more in sugar. Enjoy

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Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 73mg, Potassium: 15mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Kristyn

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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63 Comments

  1. Shar says:

    5 stars
    My grandma loves these snowball cookies! They’re soft and decadent. We will be having this for Christmas!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      That makes me so happy to hear!

  2. Diane Rose says:

    5 stars
    I used walnuts instead of pecans and vegan butter instead of regular and these cookies were the bomb! They do indeed melt in your mouth. Excellent!

  3. Dorie says:

    Before rolling into balls to bake,, dough doesn’t hold together to
    Make the balls. Is this normal?

  4. Danielle Doughtie says:

    5 stars
    I love these cookies ! I’ve been making them the last few Christmases & also give them as gifts . now that my daughter is gluten free , I will be trying this recipe with gluten free flour !

  5. Mona Lisa Rocha says:

    5 stars
    Thanx! LOVE IT!!!

    ~~ MONA LISA ROCHA GARCIA ~~

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You’re welcome! So glad you enjoy the cookies!

  6. Catherine says:

    Hi Kristyn. Would you use a cookie scoop or an ice cream scoop to measure the balls? I am not sure what you mean by ” 1 tbsp wide?” Thanks so much!

  7. Marissa Vasquez says:

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to try to make this.

  8. Shawntel says:

    5 stars
    We love these cookies! We have so many names for them, Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cakes, and snow balls.