These sweet little snowball cookies are one of my favorites. They have a delicate texture with little bits of pecan and are coated with powdered sugar. They look like little snowballs perfectly festive for this time of year.
My mom used to make these when I was a little girl. They always seemed so special. I love making them now because they are really easy to mix up and look like you put way more effort than you did. They are great to make this time of year for gatherings or cookie exchanges. Packaged in a pretty box and tied up with ribbon they make a great gift too.
To make these snowball cookies, cream butter and powdered sugar together. Add in some vanilla and salt. Then stir in flour and chopped pecans.
Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes until firm and slightly golden but not browned.
Remove the cookies from the oven and roll in powdered sugar while still warm. Allow them to cool completely. Ignore that a few went missing for quality control and roll in powdered sugar again. That’s it! Now you have a gorgeous plate of little snowballs cookies. This recipe makes about 30 snowball cookies.
I am an Oklahoma girl and pecans are abundant around here. There are local groves with little shops where you can pick up shelled pecans and gifts made from pecans. I love it. But if you like walnuts or pistachios instead those would be wonderful in these cookies as well. If you don’t want any nuts at all, then leave them out and add some sprinkles for color if you like.
These cookies are so buttery and delicious. Even though they are coated in powdered sugar they aren’t overly sweet. You know you want to make some now go get your snowball cookie on!