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(1 rating)
Recipe by
Dee Vance
San Jacinto, CA

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.

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For snowballs

  • 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)

How To Make snowballs

  • 1
    Pre-heat oven to 325°F. Lightly coat large baking sheet with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • 2
    Put 4 tbs. of the powdered sugar in a small bowl and set aside for use later.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    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.
  • 5
    Arrange balls on baking sheet about 2" apart. Bake in pre-heated oven at 325°F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 6
    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.
  • 7
    Store Snowballs in an air-tight container.
  • 8
    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.