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Serves: Makes approx. 3 dozen balls.
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Cooking Method: Bake


2 stick butter (1 cup)
6 Tbsp powered sugar
2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 c all purpose flour
2 c very finely chopped pecans (i use a grinder to get a powder-like consistency)

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Dee Vance Recipe
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San Jacinto, CA (pop. 44,199)
Member Since Aug 2010
Dee's notes for this recipe:
This 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.
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Pre-heat oven to 325°F. Lightly coat large baking sheet with non-stick spray. Set aside.
Put 4 tbs. of the powdered sugar in a small bowl and set aside for use later.
Cream 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.
Coat 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.
Arrange balls on baking sheet about 2" apart. Bake in pre-heated oven at 325°F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
While 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.
Store Snowballs in an air-tight container.
SPECIAL 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.

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user Eve Anderson(AKA-POETGRL) mumm6 - Jul 29, 2012
Eve Anderson(AKA-POETGRL) [mumm6] has shared this recipe with discussion group:
Just Christmas!
user Eve Anderson(AKA-POETGRL) mumm6 - Jul 29, 2012
Sounds Yummy!
user 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.
user 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!!
user Dee Vance Goldee - Dec 3, 2012
Good idea! They are very delicate, so shaking gently is the key. How did they turn out?

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