Snowball Cookies Recipe

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Snowball cookies melt in your mouth just like a snowflake. This classic Christmas cookie features a buttery pecan dough and is rolled in a generous heap of powdered sugar for an identical appearance to a snowball.
New American
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2 cup(s)
pecans, see notes
2 cup(s)
all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp
freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp
kosher salt, see notes
8 oz
unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup(s)
granulated sugar
2 tblsp
cream cheese, room temperature
2 tsp
vanilla extract
2 cup(s)
powdered sugar

Directions 13 steps | 100 Minutes

Step 1

Measure and prep all ingredients.

Step 2

Chop the pecans until finely ground and transfer the gound pecan to a large bowl.

Step 3

Add the flour, nutmeg and salt into the bowl and whisk until combined.

Step 4

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or with an electric hand mixer, beat the butter and the sugar together on medium speed until lighter in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Step 5

Add the cream cheese and vanilla and mix until combined.

Step 6

Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined.

Step 7

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it in between your palms to create a ball shape. Repeat until all of the cookie dough is used.

Step 8

Refrigerate the cookie dough balls for at least 1 hour.

Step 9

Preheat the oven to 325°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Space the cookie balls 1½-inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through, until the cookies are lightly browned.

Step 10

While the cookies are baking, add the confectioner’s sugar in a shallow bowl. Let the cookies cool for 5-7 minutes before rolling the still-warm cookies in the powdered sugar. Reserve the remaining powdered sugar.

Step 11

Transfer the cookies to a wired rack and let cool completely.

Step 12

Roll the completely cooled cookies in the reserved powdered sugar for a second time, pressing them into the powdered sugar for a thorough coating.

Step 13

Store the cookies in an airtight container or serve right away. Enjoy!


  • Other types of nuts, such as walnuts, also work well in this recipe.
  • Be sure to use Diamond Crystal kosher salt. Different kosher salt brands have varied crystal sizes and may affect the salinity of the recipe. 

Nutrition Per Serving
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14.1 g
2 g
22 g


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Chrystal G.


20 Dec 2021

These look amazing and a nice addition to my holiday baking without too much fuss.

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