Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies aka Mexican Wedding Cookies recipe makes a delicious, dainty ball shaped cookie with lots of butter and chopped pecans, then rolled in powdered sugar.

For many families, making and serving this dessert has become a Christmas Tradition!

This cookie recipe or a version of it (and there are many versions of it now) has been around for a long time.

It seems it has quite a few names in addition to those mentioned above; Sandies, Sand Tarts, Russian Tea Cakes and others.

These cookies first appeared by the name of "Mexican Wedding Cookies" in the early 1050s. They are served at many Mexican weddings... hence the name.

Snowball Cookies Recipe

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Cream butter in a mixing bowl. Add sugar a little at a time and cream together. Stir in water and vanilla.

Fold in flour, then nuts.

Cover bowl and refrigerate to chill 2-3 hours.

Remove from refrigerator. Pinch off enough pieces of dough to make a ball about 1-1/2 inches in diameter, by shaping it in the palm of your hand.

Place dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake in a preheated oven 325 F. for about 20 minutes or until cookies are set and bottom is slightly browned.

Remove from oven. Let set 5 minutes then roll cookies in powered sugar and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Then roll in powdered sugar a second time. This second roll is what results in the white powdery appearance.

Cookie Variations

  • For Brandy Balls substitute 2 teaspoons dry Brandy or brandy flavoring for the vanilla flavoring in the dough.
  • For vanilla flavored powdered sugar, add a teaspoon vanilla extract to the powdered sugar before rolling cookies and sift it a couple of times.
  • To add a cinnamon flavor to cookies, add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon to powdered sugar before rolling cookies and sift sugar 2 or 3 times.


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