Makes approx. 3 dozen balls.
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.
butter (1 cup)
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.