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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, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon water
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour sifted
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • ½ 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.


Dough is very dense after adding flour.
Keeping the dough cool is important to the cookies staying nice and round.
Place the dough back in the refrigerator between batches.
Make them with no nuts if you'd like.
Used chopped walnuts, almonds, or any type of nut you'd like to use.
Add ⅓ cup of mini chocolate chips if desired.
Add ½ 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