Snowball Cookies

filed under: Cookies · Dessert · Food + Drink on December 13, 2020

Snowball Cookies are rich, buttery cookies that are full of chopped pecans and twice rolled in sugar for a powdery coating. For another popular and fun holiday cookie, check out my Sugar Cookies Recipe.

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies, also known as Russian Tea Cakes and Mexican Wedding Cookies (among others), are a classic holiday cookie. But, they are easy enough to make when you are craving a nutty treat. And, they look like little snowballs, which works for me since we get a lot of snow here!

Snowball Cookies - Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe on Red Plate

Cookie Ingredients

There are few ingredients in this recipe, so you probably have most of them on hand. Make sure you use room temperature butter and finely chopped pecans. You can use a food processor to chop the pecans; or, you can just chop them by hand. Try almonds or walnuts, if you prefer.

Snowball Cookies - Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe Being Rolled in Confectioners Sugar

How to Make Snowball Cookies

To make the cookies, start by creaming the butter with 1/2 cup of the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. A handheld mixer works fine for this. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour, followed by the pecans and salt. Increase the speed to medium to fully incorporate all the ingredients.

Once the dough is ready, use your hands (or a small scoop) to roll the dough into a 1-inch ball. The dough may seem dry at first, but once you start forming it into balls, it should be fine. If the dough is still too dry add a tablespoon of butter. Place each dough ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove the baked cookies from the oven and roll them (while still hot) in a bowl with the remaining confectioners’ sugar. Place them back on the lined baking sheets to cool. Once cool, roll the cookies a second time in the confectioners’ sugar. I was able to get 30 cookies out of the recipe.

Snowball Cookies - Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe on Cooling Rack

How to Store Snowball Cookies

These cookies will last up to 3 days at room temperature, in a sealed container. You can get 2 weeks out of them if stored in the refrigerator. And, if you are good at planning ahead, you can get these made 6 months ahead of time if storing them in the freezer. Remember to label and date the container.

Hand Holding Snowball Cookies - Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe

Looking for More Holiday Treats?

Sugar Cookie Bars

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

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5 from 5 votes
Snowball Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
42 mins

Snowball Cookies are rich, buttery cookies that are full of chopped pecans and twice rolled in sugar for a sweet, powdery coating.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Snowball Cookies
Servings: 30
Calories: 127 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 227g) butter, room temperature
  • cups (187.5g) confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream the butter with 1/2 cup of the confectioners' sugar and vanilla.

  3. Starting on low speed, add the flour, pecans, and salt. Increase speed to medium until all ingredients are incorporated.

  4. Use your hands to roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Place them on the lined baking sheet, leaving about an inch in between each cookie.

  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. (You don't want them too brown.)

  6. Remove cookies from the oven and while still hot, roll each in the remaining cup of confectioners' sugar. Set coated cookies back on the lined baking sheets to cool.

  7. Once cool, roll the snowball cookies in the confectioners' sugar a second time. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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  • Haripriya says:

    I made the cookies for Christmas and it turned out perfectly. Today I made the second batch. It did resemble snowballs.. Thank you for this easy eggless recipe.. I used almonds instead of pecans.

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  • Dianne says:

    Love your recipes.I can not eat much, as have no desire to eat, nor get hungry.Your recipes can be broken down for small appetites. Thankyou

  • SHERYL TISCH says:

    Love these so much.

  • Abby says:

    Snowballs-an old time family favorite! To make a simple change resulting in an all new cookie for the same holiday cookie tray as the Snowballs try this next idea. Substitute walnuts and skip the powdered sugar coating. Instead, frost the baked cookie with cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle some edible glitter or colored sugar on top and poof-eady second cookie choice from same recipe. 👍 Tasty!!!

  • Sridevi Polasa says:

    This recipe sounds delicious….i have a question though. Instead of almonds(pecans), is almond flour a good substitute?
    Thank you.

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