Dee's StoryThis was my Mother's recipe. It has been a holiday treat in my family for over 50 years. Christmas would not be the same without snowballs. This is NOT Russian Tea Cakes. These cookies make a great gift and an appropriate addition to your holiday cookie platter.
butter (1 cup)
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pure vanilla extract
all purpose flour
very finely chopped pecans (i use a grinder to get a powder-like consistency)
1Pre-heat oven to 325°F. Lightly coat large baking sheet with non-stick spray. Set aside.
2Put 4 tbs. of the powdered sugar in a small bowl and set aside for use later.
3Cream butter in a medium sized bowl. Add remaining ingredients, except nuts, into creamed butter. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are incorporated. Add nuts to butter mixture last and mix throughly again.
NOTE: If mixture is too sticky, add 1 tbs. of flour at a time until consistency is manageable but not dry. You can also put mixture in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to firm dough up.
4Coat cleaned and dried hands with flour. Roll dough into small, bite sized balls approximately 1-1/2" in diameter.
NOTE: Balls should be the same size for even cooking.
5Arrange balls on baking sheet about 2" apart. Bake in pre-heated oven at 325°F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
6While Snowballs are still HOT, carefully and gently roll balls in remaining powdered sugar one Snowball at a time. When Snowballs are cooled, roll Snowballs again (one at a time) in powder sugar to thoroughly coat balls with sugar. Add more powered sugar if needed to coat Snowballs.
7Store Snowballs in an air-tight container.
8SPECIAL DESERT TREAT: In a parfait glass layer vanilla or chocolate ice cream, crumbled Snowballs, whipped cream (or whipped topping) ice cream, crumbled Snowballs and top with whipped cream and coarsely chopped pecans.
About this Recipe
Eve Anderson(AKA-POETGRL) mumm6 - Jul 29, 2012
Dee Vance Goldee - Jul 30, 2012
Yes, they are yummy and these Snowballs melt in your mouth.
I just joined "Just Christmas" discussion group. I will be posting more of my Christmas recipes soon.
Carol Kohan ckohan - Dec 3, 2012
You will save A LOT of time if you put your powdered sugar in a bowl with a lid and "shake gently while hot". It works for me. Just don't shake too hard or the cookies will crumble!!
Dee Vance Goldee - Dec 3, 2012
Good idea! They are very delicate, so shaking gently is the key. How did they turn out?