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Snowball Cookies with Pecans

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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.

A pile of pecan snowball cookies on a plate.

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 to cool. This 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!

A close up of a pecan snowball cookie cut in half.

Common Questions

Where did snowball cookies originate?

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.

Can snowball cookies be frozen?

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.

Why are my snowball cookies flat?

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.

How long do snowball cookies last?

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.

A plate of pecan cookie snowballs with candy canes.

Chopnotch Tips

  • 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.
A bowl of snowball cookies with pecans.

Have a great time baking these classic snowball cookies with pecans! Now time for a snowball fight!

How to Make

Snowball Cookies with Pecans

Classic holiday snowball cookies with pecans. A rich and buttery taste and texture that’s coated in the sweet delight of confectioners’ sugar.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 30


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • ¼ cup peppermint candy canes, crushed
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups flour
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
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  • 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!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 119kcal (6%), Carbohydrates: 12g (4%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 9g (14%), Saturated Fat: 4g (25%), Cholesterol: 16mg (5%), Sodium: 74mg (3%), Potassium: 25mg (1%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 2g (2%), Vitamin A: 191IU (4%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%), Calcium: 6mg (1%), Iron: 1mg (6%)

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  1. 5 stars
    Snowball cookies are my favorite, but for some reason I don’t make them outside of the holiday season, thanks for the delicious reminder!