Snowballs (Russian Tea Cakes)

Sea Sun


My grandmother used to make these every Christmas and since then, I have made them every holiday season.

They used to be my very favorite Christmas cookie when I was a child which is saying a lot, since she used to make dozens of different types. I like to think I am passing along the tradition.

I have made one change from her original recipe, although I am sure she would be just as pleased with my version!

These are a definite hit and we usually go through them before Christmas arrives and consequently, I end up making another double batch!



★★★★★ 8 votes

4 dozen
20 Min
20 Min


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1 c
butter (at room temperature)
1 1/2 tsp
1/2 c
confectioners' sugar (sifted, plus extra)
2 c
1/4 tsp
1 c
pecans (finely chopped)

How to Make Snowballs (Russian Tea Cakes)


  • 1Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • 2Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla then gradually add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • 3Sift the flour, measure, then sift again with the salt. Add gradually to the butter mixture. Add the pecans and mix well.
  • 4Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes, or until edges are very lightly browned.
  • 5Remove the cookies from the baking sheets. After 5 minutes, roll in powdered sugar while still hot. Cool completely and roll again in powdered sugar before serving.
  • 6Store in covered container.

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About Snowballs (Russian Tea Cakes)

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom

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