Pecan Snowball Cookies are soft, tender cookies that melt in your mouth. Kids love rolling the cookies in snowy white powdered sugar. 

Christmas is not complete without these Snowball Cookies, which only cost $4.05 to make. They make 32 cookies, which is only $0.12 per cookie! Eat these along with a delicious cup of White Hot Chocolate or alongside this Old Fashioned Fudge for a jolly holiday treat.  

A close up picture of a pile of snowball cookies.

Pecan Snowball Cookies

The holidays as we all know, are a busy time of year. Let’s not complicate it with another recipe that will leave you in the kitchen all day. I want to enjoy as much time with my family as possible during the holidays. 

Snowball Cookies are the perfect solution. They are the ideal holiday cookie because they are easy to make, festive looking, and not to mention delicious. Think soft, buttery cookie bites rolled in powdered sugar filled with pecans. 

Sometimes these cookies are referred to as Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes. However, I prefer to call them Snowball Cookies because they look like a little snowball, perfect for Christmas-time! 

Even though I have to make these every holiday season, they are fabulous to serve year-round. These are perfect for serving at a baby shower, bridal shower, after a Sunday brunch, or any other time of the year. 

A plate full of pecan snowball cookies stacked on top of each other.

Why do my snowball cookies go flat?

It is possible that you did not use enough powdered sugar when making the cookies. The powdered sugar helps the cookies hold their shape while baking. Otherwise, they will spread and go flat. 

It could also be that the butter was too warm. You want the butter to be softened, not softened to room temperature. 

When should you bake Christmas cookies?

Holiday cookie baking is an American tradition observed by many families. Is it ever too early to bake cookies?! In my family, we like to pick a Saturday and spend all day baking various treats. 

If you are organized and ambitious, you can start baking your Christmas cookies as early as September and freeze them until ready to use them in December. 

How many days do cookies stay fresh?

Generally speaking, most cookies stay fresh if stored in an airtight container for around three to four days. That is also the case for this snowball cookies recipe. 

How to make Snowball Cookies:

STEP ONE: First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then line baking sheets with parchment paper. Next, make the dough in a large bowl.

STEP TWO: Shape the dough into one inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. Then remove from the oven too cool on a wire rack for three minutes. 

STEP THREE: To finish, add ½ cup powdered sugar to a medium bowl and roll the cookies in powdered sugar.

STEP FOUR: Place on a wire rack to cool completely. Serve. 

The baked cookies being rolled into powdered sugar.
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking sheets
  • Wire racks

How much will this Pecan Snowball Cookies recipe cost to make: 



NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

  • 1 cup unsalted butter – $1.60
  • ½ cup powdered sugar – $0.14
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – $0.31
  • ¼ teaspoon salt – $0.01
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour – $0.43
  • ½ cup pecans – $1.42
  • ½ cup powdered sugar – $0.14
All of the ingredients needed to make this snowball cookie recipe.

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The finished snowball cookie recipe on a serving plate.
5 from 7 votes

Pecan Snowball Cookies

Recipe Cost $ 4.05
Serving Cost $ 0.12
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
32 cookies
Pecan Snowball Cookies are soft, tender cookies that melt in your mouth. Kids love rolling the cookies in snowy white powdered sugar.


  • large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • baking sheets
  • wire racks



  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup pecans toasted and finely chopped


  • ½ cup powdered sugar



  • Move oven rack to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.


  • In a large bowl, beat together butter, ½ cup powdered sugar, and vanilla until fluffy and the butter has lightened in color, about 2 minutes.
  • Mix in salt and flour until well combined. Fold in pecans.
  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheets.


  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.


  • Remove the pans from the oven and cool slightly on a wite rack for about 3 minutes.
  • Add ½ cup powdered sugar to a medium bowl. Roll the cookies in powdered sugar and place on a wire rack to cool completely.


Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. This cookies look great !
    Thank you for always hosting such great recipes.

  2. These are mine and my hubby’s favorite recipe! I can’t wait to make these again!

  3. These are a must have cookie! We love them so much, we make them all year long!

  4. These cookies look so good! We can’t wait to try them!

  5. Emily Flint says:

    Oh, these cookies bring back memories and I love how easy they are to make! Thanks for sharing.

  6. So tasty and easy to make!

  7. Debra Jacobson says:

    We’ve been making these cookies for years and they are the easiest cookies you could ever make and they disappear in minutes thanks for sharing the recipe because I had lost mine