Snowball Cookies


So where did these cookies originally come from? They are so amazingly good I guess that several different countries want to label them as their own =). What do you call these cookies? Some of the common names for these delicious balls of pure bliss are, Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Italian Wedding Cookies, snowdrops, butter balls or more specifically pecan butter balls. The name that I think is most fitting is for them is Snowball Cookies, simply put because they look like little snowballs of course. I can understand where the “wedding” and “tea” labels come from because these seem so dainty and fancy, and they’d pair nicely with a warm cup of tea. You’ll want to sit in your finest chair and enjoy these cookies with you pinkie fingers up, taking the most delicate little nibbles at a time as you gently dab the excess powdered sugar that falls from the cookie onto your well kept lips with a freshly pressed linen napkin…. Nah! You’ll want to just pick up the entire plate of cookies and shove as many as you can fit in your mouth at once =). I absolutely love these cookies and I actually do enjoy savoring each melt in my mouth bite, not in the manor as mentioned above but I think each bite should be enjoyed.

The snowball/tea/wedding cake/cookie doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves. They are such a classic and maybe it’s their old fashioned notion that has pushed them out of the spotlight and to the back burner. These cookies should most definitely not be forgotten and go unnoticed. They are a simple cookie but they have much to offer. Textural wise they are similar to a shortbread cookie but with more dissolve to them (thanks to the cornstarch I added in this recipe I created). Their shortbread portion isn’t overly sweet which pairs nicely with the generous coating of powdered sugar they are given after baking. You wont find an overabundance of nuts in this recipe just because I don’t like that many nuts in my cookies, but if you do of course you could add in more if you’d like. These cookies are one of my favorites. Easy and simple but delightfully delicious. I love how they also remind me of my Grandma who has passed away because she always made these kind of cookies. She was such a fun and amazing lady. Enjoy!


Snowball Cookies

5 from 1 vote

Delicious and easy snowball cookies perfect for the festive season.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, snowball recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 129 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Pecans (I just used Pecan cookie chips so I didn't have to do any chopping, just poured them in right from the bag).
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar , for coating


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter on medium speed until creamy, about 20 seconds. Blend in 1/2 cup powdered sugar and salt. Mix in vanilla. 

  2. Sprinkle cornstarch over mixture (just so it doesn't blend into one area) then with mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour and mix just until combined. Stir in Pecans. 
  3. Scoop dough out 1 Tbsp at a time and roll into a ball, then place balls on ungreased baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for 13 - 15 minutes, until bottom edges are lightly golden (for anyone having problems with spreading, just chill the dough balls for 1 hour then transfer to baking sheet and bake and that should help). 
  4. These are a cookie that I think are best when they aren't moist in the center so I'd say don't under bake them. These actually are a cookie that are meant to be dry. Dry but a melt in your mouth kind of dry. 
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes then while cookies are still warm, pour 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar into a bowl and roll cookies in powdered sugar. 
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, then once cookies are cool, roll in powdered sugar once more, this time generously coating them (I pressed it into the powdered sugar to give it a thick coating). Store cookies in an airtight container.
  7. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Snowball Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 2.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • karen: Made these cookies for Christmas, substituting chopped walnuts for the pecans, and they got rave reviews, delish December 23, 2012 at 7:48pm Reply

  • Lisa: My family has made these at Christmas for as long as I can remember. We call the Russian Tea Cookies,and the only difference in the recipe is that we use walnuts instead of pecans.These are my favorite cookies! December 23, 2012 at 8:43am Reply

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  • Denise: Where do you buy pecan cookie chips? I have a Walmar Super Store & Krogers in my community. December 20, 2012 at 7:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Denise – I don’t know if it’s just Fisher brand that makes them (in that specific size) but that’s the brand I always get them in and they always carry them at walmart and some of the local grocery stores. December 21, 2012 at 12:32am Reply

      • Denise: Yes, it is Fisher’s brand. Found them at Walmart this morning. Thank you! :) December 21, 2012 at 9:28am Reply

        • Jaclyn: Your welcome =)! December 21, 2012 at 9:38am Reply

  • angela @ anotherbiteplease: love pecan cookies…and to use pecan cookie chips…love that idea!!!! December 17, 2012 at 5:35am Reply

  • Terrie Chang: these are adorable! love the photos December 15, 2012 at 7:13pm Reply

  • Joan: Your pictures are always so pretty. December 14, 2012 at 3:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Joan! December 15, 2012 at 1:47pm Reply

  • Grandbabycakes: I adore how festive these look. Perfect for this holiday season! December 14, 2012 at 12:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks! I hope you have a chance to make them! December 15, 2012 at 1:47pm Reply

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