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Snowball Cookies

Buttery shortbread cookies filled with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. These Snowball Cookies are a perfect easy dessert for the holidays!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword mexican wedding cookies, snowball cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Author Danielle


  • 1 cup (230 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 and ½ cups (180 grams) powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 and ¼ cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup 90 grams chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, ½ cup (60 grams) of powdered sugar (set the remaining 1 cup aside to roll the cookies in), and vanilla extract for 1-2 minutes or until well combined. Mix in the flour and salt until fully combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the chopped pecans.
  • Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop (or measuring tablespoon) scoop out the cookie dough, roll into balls, and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake in separate batches at 350°F for 14-15 minutes or until the cookies are set and the bottom is lightly browned.
  • Allow cookies to cool slightly for about 5 minutes, then roll each cookie in the remaining 1 cup (120 grams) of powdered sugar while they're still warm. Allow to cool completely and roll all of the cookies one more time in the powdered sugar.


Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.