SnowBall Cookies

            These are a classic Christmas tradition at most homes I know. This cookie is light, buttery and has a slight nutty flavor to it. These are simple to make, by rolling them into balls and baking them. When they come out of the oven, you can roll them in the confectioner’s sugar, allow them to finish cooling then roll them again. They will look like miniature snowballs.

            These cookies have been around for a long time, they make a great cookie swap  party where you exchange with others and end up with a wide variety of cookies. These were popular when I was younger, and they are becoming popular once again.

Either way, these are wonderful cookies and they seriously almost melt in your mouth when you take the first bite. There is no reason that they should be left for just the Christmas Holidays, they are good enough for all year long.

            These are popular Italian cookies that many are not afraid to serve year round. These are perfectly served with coffee, hot chocolate or even eggnog. The best part is that these cookies only take just a few ingredients to make. You, like me, likely have all those in your pantry now. There is no egg in this cookie which makes it even easier to make and to store.

Frequently Asked Questions:

            How do I store these?

Since there is no egg in these, they can be stored on the counter. If stored on the counter, they will last 6 days, if you place them in the refrigerator, they will last for 2 weeks and if you freeze them they will last for six months.

            Do I have to use pecans?

No, this is a choice. Personally, I would much rather have walnuts. So I do switch them out. I know many people who do not add any nuts at all to their dough.

            Are there any variations or add-ins?

Certainly there are! You could add in miniature chocolate chips, coconut or peppermint candy bits. You could also use a different flavoring than vanilla if you would like. Peppermint, orange, lemon or any other flavor you would like.

What do you need to make SnowBall Cookies

            2 cups pecans, chopped, (optional)

            2 cups flour

            1 cup butter, unsalted and softened

            ¼ confectioner’s sugar

            1 tsp vanilla

            Powdered sugar for rolling

How to make SnowBall Cookies

FIRST STEP:

Heat the oven to 325*

In a medium bowl, add the flour and the confectioner’s sugar

SECOND STEP:

Add in the chopped pecans

a)

b)

c)

In another bowl beat the butter until it is fluffy

a)

b)

THIRD STEP:

Add the vanilla to the butter and beat again.

Slowly add in the flour, sugar and pecans

FOURTH STEP:

Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet

Bake for 16 to 18 minutes and remove from the oven

FIFTH STEP:

Allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes

a)

b)

When cookies are cooled completely roll them into the powdered sugar so they look like snowballs

These cookies can be rolled in powdered sugar a second time. You could also sprinkle a little colored sugar on them for the holidays, on top of the confectioner’s sugar.

YAY!

Enjoy!

YUM!

SnowBall Cookies

SnowBall Cookies

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecans, chopped, (optional)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted and softened
  • ¼ confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Powdered sugar for rolling

Instructions

FIRST STEP:

Heat the oven to 325*

In a medium bowl, add the flour and the confectioner’s sugar

SECOND STEP:

Add in the chopped pecans

In another bowl beat the butter until it is fluffy

THIRD STEP:

Add the vanilla to the butter and beat again.

Slowly add in the flour, sugar and pecans

FOURTH STEP:

Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet

Bake for 16 to 18 minutes and remove from the oven

FIFTH STEP:

Allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes

When cookies are cooled completely roll them into the powdered sugar so they look like snowballs

These cookies can be rolled in powdered sugar a second time. You could also sprinkle a little colored sugar on them for the holidays, on top of the confectioner’s sugar.

Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 11gCholesterol: 20mgCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2g