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Pecan Snowballs

These Pecan Snowballs are a classic, melt in your mouth holiday cookie. Loaded with pecans and dusted with powdered sugar, they are certain to win over any nut lover in your life!

Holiday Pecan Snowballs in a round white bowl

Pecan Snowballs

These Pecan Snowballs are those irresistible nut laden cookies that go by many names. Mexican wedding cookies, pecan crescents, etc.

My friend, Cyn, shared this marvelous recipe years ago and always shapes hers in crescents.  I renamed them after a few years of making pathetic looking boomerangs. I do much better with spheres! Thus I dubbed these Pecan Snowballs.

Pecan Snowballs in a bowl

Tips for Making Classic Snowball Cookies

  • Make sure your butter is at room temperature so you don’t struggle with mixing.
  • Use a cookie scoop for consistent sized cookies.
  • PRO-Tip: Refrigerating your dough for 30-60 minutes will help you roll the dough into better shaped balls. The bits of nuts can make this a challenge.
  • Feel free to use this recipe to make a crescent shaped cookie which is another common alternative.
  • Toast your nuts to bring out the flavor. Watch carefully as they can burn quickly. I either cook on a sheet pan at 350º for about 5 minutes or toast them in a dry saute pan, stirring or shaking the pan every minute or so, for the same amount of time.

Tips for Making a Cookie Tray

  • When deciding what cookies and candies to make for the holidays, a balance of varieties is a must. Fudge for the chocoholics, ginger cookies for the spice lovers, homemade caramels for the caramel fans. I also include butterscotch cookies, English toffee, peanut blossoms.
  • I make these pecan snowballs for the nut lovers. Chock full of pecans, these gems will become a favorite treat at Christmas!! P.S. You’ll probably need a double batch.
  • PRO-Tip: Make sure to wrap each kind of cookie separately. You don’t want these pecan snowballs to taste like gingersnaps after placing them next to each other on a platter or a tray to give away!

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Pecan Snowballs

A cookie known by many names. I love making these for the holidays! Recipe from my friend, Cyn.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 18 mins
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies, Holiday
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, for rolling cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 325º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cream butter, then add sugar, vanilla and water. Mix again. Stir flour and salt into mixture. Add pecans and mix thoroughly.
  3. Form tablespoon sized balls of dough into balls. Bake for about 18 minutes or till lightly browned. Roll in powdered sugar while warm.


Feel free to roast your pecans before chopping to bring out their nuttiness even more!

Pecan Snowballs ready for the oven on baking sheets

Miss Lambeau scoping out the scene. She is always available to lick up any spills and sample any non-chocolate cookies! Pecan Snowballs are fair game.

Pecan Snowballs Pinterest collage
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34 comments on “Pecan Snowballs”

  1. Lizzy……I love these cookies. We call them Mexican Wedding Cookies. I’ve been making these since I was a teen, it was my first cookie I made.
    When I make them for the holidays I triple the recipe. One batch for my husband to eat in one day and the rest to hand out.
    Ahhhh Lambeau has her own ball…….
    Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  2. I should try these liz, I’ve heard over the years how good they are! The little dishes, Martha Stewart collection?? I bought those a few years back, use the little leaves for condiments, mostly for horseradish. Cute idea for individual cookie servings.

  3. Yes, Patti! Martha dishes…aren’t they cute?

    Erica, I should have doubled the recipe!

  4. How timely this recipe is today. Murray is planning on baking these for neighbors and I was wondering where I put Cynthia’s recipe. These are wonderful. Betcha can’t eat just one!

  5. Glad I could help, Kaye 🙂

  6. I make a similar cookie every year. I call them pecan puffs. It is my second favorite christmas cookie.

  7. Thanks, Kim! Lucky you~

  8. What’s your first favorite, Leef?

  9. These look delish! The mini cheesecakes look awesome too;) I’m your newest follower!

  10. Ann, you’ll have to share a photo the next time you make them!

    Holly, thanks for following!!!

  11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies. I must eat them every year during the holidays. But I’ve never actually made them myself (I just eat them haha). I’m SO making them now. Thank you for the recipe. 🙂

    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

  12. Lindsey…you’ll have to keep a stash in your freezer like I do!

  13. Lizzy-Seems I’ve missed out on several things you baked this past week. You’ve been a busy little baker. Wow!
    Love the snowballs, one of my all time favorites. The mini chocolate cheese cake cupcakes with all the adorable, and yummy toppings, and also the gorgeous Chocolate layered cake.
    Wonder what’s for Christmas?…I’m sure all these goodies are gone by now!

  14. Hi, Lizzie! Now I’m just making and freezing cookie dough to bake off next week…not very exciting~

  15. These are gorgeous little cookies! I love the simplicity of the ingredients- sounds simple enough to make with wonderful flavor!

  16. Thanks, Chelsea…if you like nuts, you’ll adore these!

  17. These are always a favorite at our house! Yours look wonderful!

  18. Thanks for stopping by, Kathleen, and for your sweet comment!

  19. I don’t think a cookie tray is complete without these. Your’s are perfect Merry Christmas hugs

  20. They look so delicious – and so completely different to the Snowballs I was used to making with Granny, growing up in Scotland (just posted the recipe in my blog). I have to try them, Liz. They look good, and I’m sure they boomerang into your kitchen many times, Lol.

  21. Thee cookies are a holiday tradition for our family. The BEST!

  22. Best Christmas cookie recipe ever!

  23. These cookies are a favorite of my husband!

  24. Soooo adding these to my baking list! 

  25. These cookies are the best!  Such a holiday classic!

  26. Making these for my cookie swap this year! Delicious. 

  27. I look forward to these every December!

  28. This didn’t last long in my house!

  29. i love these delicious easy cookies they just melt in your mouth!

  30. These are my favorite Christmas cookies!

  31. I just can’t imagine a better cookie for the holidays! So good.

  32. LOVE this simple cookie recipe for the holidays!

  33. No holiday is complete without these!!

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