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Christmas Snowball Cookies Recipe

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Christmas may be over, but Christmas Snowball Cookies are delicious at any time of the year! These powdered sugar and pecan treats are yummy whether it’s December or June. Snowballs are also known as Mexican Wedding Cookies and Russian Tea Cakes.

Christmas Snowball Cookies
Christmas Snowball Cookies

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Pecans
  • Flour
  • Powdered Sugar
Ingredients for Christmas Snowball Cookies
Ingredients for Christmas Snowball Cookies

Equipment You May Need

Helpful Tips for Making Christmas Snowball Cookies

  • To make it easier to cream the butter, set it out an hour or so before starting the recipe.
  • Use a rounded tablespoon from your set of measuring spoons to make sure the cookies are the right size. Then roll by hand to get the right shape.
  • If pecans are chopped finely, it will make the cookies easier to roll into a ball
Rolling Christmas Snowball Cookies in powdered sugar before baking.
Rolling in Powdered Sugar before baking

Variations and Substitutes

  • Walnuts can be used in place of pecans
  • Nuts can be omitted completely
  • Mini chocolate chips or mini M&M’s can be used in place of pecans
  • Sprinkles can be added to the dough to make the cookies more festive

Other Recipes You May Like

You might also like my Melting Moments or my Traditional Rum Balls. Butter Pecan Cookies and Thumbprint Cookies with Icing are also delicious choices.

Final Thoughts on Christmas Snowball Cookies

I have made several different recipes in the past, but they have all been crumbly and slightly disappointing. This recipe was perfect! It wasn’t too sweet and the dough was easy to roll and it stayed together nicely. I got several compliments when I included them on my holiday cookie trays, too!

Snowball Cookies in Snowman Bowl.

Christmas Snowball Cookies

Christmas Snowball Cookies are a pecan treat made with only 5 ingredients and can be enjoyed any time of the year! They are also called Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 Dozen


  • 1 Cup Butter
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Pecans Ground
  • 2 Cups Flour Sifted
  • Powdered Sugar at least 1 Cup


  • Preheat oven to 300°.
  • Cream butter just until softened.
  • Add sugar, pecans, and flour. Mix until blended.
  • Using a tablespoon of dough for each cookie, shape into balls.
  • Roll in powdered sugar.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 300° for 45 minutes.
  • Roll in powdered sugar within 5 minutes of being removed from the oven.
  • Once cooled, roll in powdered sugar again.
Keyword 1950’s Recipe, Christmas Cookies, Christmas Snowball Cookies, Christmas Treats, Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowball Cookies, Vintage Recipes

*Adapted from The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook, copyright 1959

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