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Old Fashioned Snowball Cookies

These easy Snowball Cookies are a buttery shortbread cookie with pecans that will literally melt in your mouth
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill dough 2 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 81kcal


  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour sifted
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup confectioners Sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 ° F
  • Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and cream with an electric mixer. You can also use a stand mixer.
  • Add in the water and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Then add flour and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the chopped nuts and gently stir to combine.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours
  • Roll the chilled dough into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • After baking, transfer to a wire rack and cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Then roll in confectioner's sugar.


Make them with no nuts if you'd like.
Used chopped walnuts, almonds, or any type of nut you'd like to use.
Add 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips if desired.
Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder for a chocolate version.
Chop nut in a food processor or with a hand held chopper.
Add 1 teaspoon of almond extract in place of 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract if desired.


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 16mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg