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Christmas Snowball Cookies ~ nutty, buttery melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, dusted with confectioners sugar outside. Skill level: Easy
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5 from 4 votes

Snowball Christmas Cookies

Snowball Christmas Cookies ~ melt in your mouth nutty, buttery cookie rolled in confectioner's sugar. A holiday treat!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
refrigerate dough20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snowball cookies
Servings: 6


  • 1 cup butter softened to room temp
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners sugar
  • Parchment paper


  • Cream the room temperature butter and granulated sugar together then add the vanilla.
  • Gradually add the flour, continuing to blend.
  • Stir in the nuts by hand, cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Line the baking sheets with parchment paper. Add the confectioners sugar to a small bowl and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Scoop into 1" balls (melon baller used) then roll in your hands so they balls are completely round.
  • Add the cookies to the parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake 10-12 minutes, without overbaking.
  • Transfer the cookies to a wire baking rack and let them cool 2 minutes.
  • While they’re still warm, gently roll the cookies in the (reserved) confectioners sugar and return them to the wire baking rack.
  • Let the cookies cool completely then roll again in confectioners sugar.