Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I make these cookies every year for Christmas.
It's a shortbread-like cookie.
 You'll need 1 C pecans...
 chopped by hand or in a small chopper.
 10-15 quick pulses will give you a fine chop.
 Very few ingredients. No eggs, so it's a good
cookie for children with egg allergies.
 A stiff dough.
 Roll into bite-sized balls...not too big.
 After baking and a little cooling,
they get a roll in powdered sugar.
 You should probably have two right away
 with your coffee break to make sure they're OK.
But don't eat too many! oops!
Pretty snowballs.

1 stick butter
1/4 C powdered sugar
1t vanilla
1 C flour
1 C finely chopped pecans
more powdered sugar for rolling

Have the butter at room temperature.
Cream it with the powdered sugar using a
mixer. Mix in the vanilla. Beat until fluffy.
Mix in the flour, then the pecans until well
 blended. (You can chill the dough at this point)
Roll dough, a teaspoon at a time into bite-sized,
about 1" balls between the palms of your hand. 
Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at
325 for 20 minutes, or until very lightly brown.
Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then remove. 
Roll in powdered sugar while still a bit warm.
 Make a generous white coating. Cool completely.
Store between wax paper layers
 in an air-tight container.
Makes about 2-3 dozen snowballs.


  1. These look so delish and bring back such wonderful Christmas memories!!! I'm a new follower, come visit when you have time :)

  2. God Bless you if you can keep everyone from eatting the dough before you can even make the cookies. My mom made these but without the conf. sugar inside the dough. I make them and now my daughter makes them. We shape them into crescent shapes. The trick? Roll them in powdered sugar when still warm then roll them again when completely cooled. Gosh am I hungry for them!

  3. My mom made these every Christmas too(using walnuts), but now I carry on the tradition since she's no longer living. It's such a wonderful cookie, and yours look beautiful! I LOVE your plates! Where did you get them?

  4. Thanks for joining us at "It's Your Wonderful Life" Party. I do love snow balls or Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes -- they just melt in your mouth! Joni

  5. Oh, Rita. Thanks for posting this. My mother made these. I never got the recipe and I couldn't remember what they were called.
    Now they are in my Heritage Recipe File. Yipee!

  6. I can't wait to try these they look so good! Thanks for sharing, vicky

  7. Ah, the cookie with many names!!! Love them! Thanks for the great picgures!

  8. Thanks for the recipe. They look so pretty on that lovely plate!

  9. Thank you so much for the Snow Ball recipe. I'll give them a try. Cherry Kay

  10. Thank you Rita for sharing this cookies...I knew
    them by the name of Mexican Wedding Balls...very similar,except they have walnuts instead of pecans. Anyway, I like the name you have, "Snow Balls", very good for Christmas time! Never made them, so I will make your recipe. Hope you can visit my Blog too, you're very welcome, I'm really so happy to meet so many talented people that like what I like!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  11. These look just like my mother's "butterballs"...except she made her's with walnuts. She made, what seemed like, thousands and people couldn't wait to stop by and have some. I make them now that she is no longer with us but I use pecans (sorry Mom!!). They just say Christmas to us! Thank you for sharing and to everyone else that had their own story!!!

    Oh and your dishes are adorable!!

  12. Hi Rita! Oh, I agree that they must be sampled right away to make sure they turned out ok. :-)
    Thank you so much for joining our First Cookie Exchange at Sister Saturday!

  13. Me again! If you get a chance, would you be willing to link these up to my sister's blog too? You can link to it through mine or just visit her at We sure do appreciate you joining in the fun!

  14. Hi Rita! Glad to see another "snowball cookie lover" I just think they are the prettiest cookies for Christmas. Thank you so much for linking up to Sister Saturday! Looking forward to reading more of your blog. :)

    Heather@Gourmet Meals for Less

  15. Hi Rits, its my first time to visit you and my first visit make me happy, with the recipe ingredients I am sure they will be very tasty... and very quick to easy too...
    If you are in passion of baking/cooking tham I am sure you will enjoy the recipe of our traditional cookies...I posted the URl below ... if you like to pay a visit there

    I will go for those very soon... Hope you would like to peek into my world

  16. YUMMY!!! Rita, I love your recipes! I will be making these before Christmas!! :)

  17. With pecans!!!! Oh may, these sound divine! Perfect for xmas! Thank you for putting them up in the Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange