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Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies


Indulge in the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies, a classic holiday treat loved for its rich buttery flavor and nutty crunch. These bite-sized cookies are a delightful addition to any festive gathering or a cozy evening by the fireplace.

Why Make This Recipe

These Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies are perfect for those who enjoy simple yet indulgent treats. The combination of buttery dough, crunchy pecans, and powdered sugar creates a deliciously addictive cookie that will satisfy your sweet cravings.

How to Make Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies


  • 2 ¼ cup All-purpose flour
  • ½ cup Powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Sticks of butter at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Pecans finely chopped
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and ½ cup powdered sugar until smooth.
  3. Mix in the flour, salt, vanilla extract, and pecans until well blended.
  4. Form the dough into 36 balls and place them on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes, then let cool to room temperature.
  6. Toss the cookies in the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar before serving.

How to Serve Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies

Serve these delightful cookies on a platter or in a decorative tin for a charming presentation. They pair wonderfully with a cup of hot cocoa or a glass of milk, perfect for enjoying with friends and family.

How to Store Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. For longer storage, freeze the cookies in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Tips to Make Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies

  • Ensure the butter is at room temperature for easy blending with the other ingredients.
  • Use finely chopped pecans for a consistent texture throughout the cookies.
  • Roll the cookies in powdered sugar while they are still warm for better adherence.


For a nut-free version of these cookies, you can substitute the pecans with an equal amount of chopped dried fruit, such as cranberries or apricots, for a sweet and tangy twist.


  1. Can I use margarine instead of butter in this recipe?
    • Butter is recommended for the best flavor and texture in these cookies.
  2. How can I make these cookies gluten-free?
    • You can try using a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend as a substitute for regular flour.
  3. Can I add additional flavors like cinnamon or nutmeg to the dough?
    • Yes, feel free to experiment with different spices to customize the flavor of these cookies to your liking.

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