Pecan snowball cookies are the classic shortbread Christmas cookies you remember from your childhood. Add nuts or chocolate chips for a yummy treat.
I remember pecan snowball cookies at my grandparents house each year. Reminding me of a shortbread cookie but packed with chocolate chips or crushed nuts, they were my favorite quick easy dessert recipes. (affiliate links present)
- Have you tried this version of homemade shortbread cookies yet?? Or maybe you’re looking for a new and easy Christmas cookie to bake this year. This might be the one!
Do you do a lot of baking simple chocolate chip cookies and other goodies during the holidays?
It’s one thing I’ve tried to incorporate with my girls because it is part of my childhood memories growing up. These and our lebkuchen cookies are a must every year.
Ingredients you will need:
- Room temperature butter
- Flour and pecans
- buy an extra bag to make our pecan shortbread bars too
- Powdered sugar
- Baking sheet with parchment paper
- Gifting tins
- Chopped pecans or use nuts of your choice
- Finely chopped almonds would work
- Chocolate chips
Remember to measure flour properly so they don’t come out dense.
Here are a few questions you might have as you go along:
It will keep them from spreading out so much. To get that thick dense shortbread like consistency it is best to use confectioners sugar instead.
Why do my snowball cookies go flat?
You either didn’t use powdered sugar, or refrigerate them before baking. Both keep them from spreading out like traditional cookies.
That is really it! They are very simple with only a few items needed which I love. The texture is dense like a shortbread cookie, buttery like those too.
You just need a bowl and spoon to mix the butter and sugar ingredients. You can use a mixer to cream them together too.
- Your hands come in handy after that to shape them.
- I suppose you could need a food processor to chop the nuts but I typically buy them already crushed. At the end you’ll just need to ensure that all the flour is mixed in well.
- Roll them into small balls and place them on a baking sheet. Mine are already non stick so no spray is needed. These won’t spread much at all so you can really load up your tray.
- If you really don’t want them to spread at all put your dough into the fridge for an hour first.
Just 10 minutes of baking is all you need. You just want a very light brown on the top, then remove from oven.
Wait until they’re cooled completely on your cookie sheet or cooling rack (at least 15 minutes). Sprinkle or roll in powdered sugar so they look more like snowballs. Then enjoy.
They’re a melt in your mouth flaky consistency and 1 with a cup of coffee is perfect.
I’ve heard others call these Russian tea cakes Mexican style too. I suppose you could call them what you like but during my Merry Christmas days they were snowballs.
Start to finish they’re done in about 30 minutes which is great. Then you can move on to other cookies you might want to try.
My memories are of baking a ton of varieties, filling tins with all of them, and sharing them with relatives and neighbors.
- Try them and let us know what you think of them below in the comments!
Looking for other easy cookie recipes?
- Hazelnut cookies are great during the holidays too
- Our Christmas tree sugar cookies are super simple but delicious
- You can make a chocolate chip cookie in a mug this year
- Fruitcake cookies or try our Grandmas fruitcake recipe here.
- Brownie cookies and our peanut butter oatmeal cookies are fun
Our cake mix crinkle cookies are so fun to make with your kids
Below is the recipe for tea cakes Mexican wedding (another name for them) is below along with the nutritional facts.
Here’s a quick step by step but there’s a printable recipe card below too.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
Pecan Snowball Cookies
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In one bowl beat your butter, sugar, vanilla and salt together until creamy.
Gradually add in the flour until it is well incorporated. Then gently fold in your added ingredients like crushed nuts and/or chocolate chips.
On a cookie sheet put balls that are about 1-1.5″ size, about the size of a golf ball. Leave some space in between them.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are set and very lightly browned on the top. Remove and sift powdered sugar over them when they’re still warm.
Leave on cookie sheet until cool, then remove and sprinkle more powdered sugar on top.
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Pecan Snowball Cookies
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- In one bowl beat your butter, sugar, vanilla and salt together until creamy.
- Gradually add in the flour until it is well incorporated. Then gently fold in your added ingredients like crushed nuts and/or chocolate chips.
- On a cookie sheet put balls that are about 1-1.5" size, about the size of a golf ball. Leave some space in between them.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are set and very lightly browned on the top. Remove and sift powdered sugar over them when they're still warm. Leave on cookie sheet until cool, then remove and sprinkle more powdered sugar on top.