Dee Vance Recipe


By Dee Vance Goldee

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Makes approx. 3 dozen balls.
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Dee's Story

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.


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)

Directions Step-By-Step

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.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Mexican

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Dee Vance Goldee
Jan 16, 2013
Good to hear. My friend had a disaster (probably shaking them) and ended up with crumbs. Which, by the way, she put over ice cream. Great idea!
Carol Kohan ckohan
Jan 4, 2013
By the way....I usually put a dozen (or more) in the bowl at the same time...they still don't crumble. I probably "roll" the bowl instead of shake and the cookies don't crumble for me.
Carol Kohan ckohan
Jan 4, 2013
They turn out fine using this method for me. I have been doing this for 30+ years.
Dee Vance Goldee
Dec 3, 2012
Good idea! They are very delicate, so shaking gently is the key. How did they turn out?
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!!