Snowball cookies with pecans are the type of cookie that simply screams “Christmas Time!” These rich and buttery cookies combine pecans, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar to give it a melt-in-your-mouth taste and texture that no one can resist.
What Goes Into Snowballs?
In less than one hour, you can churn out a tray of snowballs perfect for your next gathering. Enjoy them with family or gift them in tins for the holidays. They take just 8 ingredients to create.
Typically, you combine all the ingredients, shape them into balls, bake, and then roll in confectioners’ sugar before allowing them to cool. This cookie recipe features an added ingredient, crushed candy canes, to lend it even more of a Christmas-y feel. The addition gives it a unique yet familiar feel that will have your cookie plate cleared off fast!
Snowballs are known by many other names, such as Russian tea cakes or Italian wedding cookies. While they’re called different things in different places, they consist of a pastry type of dough that was popular in England in the time of the Middle Ages.
Like most cookies, snowballs freeze very well. Simply prepare the dough, shape them, and freeze them. They should be good for up to 6 months.
Snowballs will go flat if you use granulated sugar instead of confectioners’ sugar. Also known as powdered sugar, confectioners’ sugar keeps the cookies from spreading too much and helps them retain their famed shape.
Snowballs keep really well too and can stay in a paper bag in the pantry for about 4 days. In the fridge, they’ll keep for as long as 2 weeks. This is why they make the perfect cookie to gift for the holidays.
- Don’t replace confectioners’ sugar with granulated sugar in the recipe or you’ll wind up with flat cookies.
- If you’d prefer more of an original snowball flavor, you can leave out the crushed candy canes, though they do add a more Christmas-like taste.
- Make the dough ahead and pop them in the oven just before guests arrive to have them extra fresh.
- Make sure you roll the snowballs in more confectioners’ sugar after baking so they take on that classic look.
Have a great time baking these classic snowball cookies with pecans! Now time for a snowball fight!
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How to Make
Snowball Cookies with Pecans
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- ¼ cup peppermint candy canes, crushed
- ½ cup confectioners' sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- confectioners' sugar, for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Combine butter, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar in a bowl and beat well until combined. Add pecans, candies, and flour and stir well.
- Shape the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Roll each cookie in confectioners' sugar and let cool completely!
- Wrap these cookies in cellophane and tie them with ribbon or pop a few into a festive tin for a great Christmas gift. Everyone loves receiving homemade gifts, especially when they taste this good!
- There is no alternative for the confectioners’ sugar since no other kind of sugar is fine enough to give the right texture.
- You can prep the dough ahead and just keep it in the refrigerator then put the snowballs in the oven shortly before guests arrive. They'll soon be overcome with curiosity about that incredible bakery aroma coming from the kitchen!