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If you love holiday sweets, you must try making snowball cookies! They’re a classic winter treat that’s super easy to make. Plus, they’re so cute and festive – perfect for the holiday season. So whether you’re looking for a new cookie recipe to try on or want to add something special to your holiday baking, give snowball cookies a chance to shine!

Classic Snowball Cookies: Your Favorite Winter Treat!

Nothing beats the classic, even in desserts! The old familiar flavor that never disappoints. You will always look for these staples in front of the dessert table. Something you can quickly grab and pair with anything because it’s so basic yet so good. This classic favorite will give you nothing but good memories in every bite. Packed with the right amount of sweetness, it has nothing fancy but just its buttery, crumbly, and nutty goodness that can surely satisfy all your guests. These cookies are not only delicious but also incredibly quick and easy to make. Nowadays, nobody seeks complicated stuff since the holidays are already so hectic!

Classic Snowball Cookie Recipe

Pantry Staples

When preparing for a holiday feast, finding and buying your ingredients is the most time-consuming part. Sometimes we tend to forget a few ingredients along the way– Imagine the hassle! With this recipe, life would be so much more breezy. With just six ingredients that you can easily score in your pantry- you can already make everyone happy with this classic treat. And you know what the best part is? You only need a few tools to make this, meaning less mess to clean. 

Few Tweaks and Tricks

If you are not the classic type and always want to take things a notch higher, then why not level up this treat? Instead of just adding pecans, you can replace them with chocolate chips that will ooze once baked. 

Some would also love the fruity variation, so go ahead and indulge by adding some fruit jams in the middle. I recommend using fruit jams with pulp bits. If you love to experiment, how about melting cheese in the middle? The savory flavor of the cheese will balance out the sweetness of the cookies.

Classic Snowball Cookie Recipe

Let’s Make it Vegan 

To make this dessert suitable for vegans, you only need to replace the butter with a vegan version. But just in case you can’t find one in your area, you can use vegetable or plant-based neutral oil instead. However, using oil may affect the consistency and texture of your cookie dough since it’s in liquid form. At this point, I recommend you reduce the amount of it. You can try replacing 1 cup of butter with 3/4 cup of vegetable oil.

Classic Snowball Cookie Recipe

Classic Snowball Cookie recipe

Classic Snowball Cookies Recipe

Impressing your guest has never been easy with this super simple and easy-to-make dessert. You don't have to spend hours and hours in your kitchen to whip up these Classic Snowball Cookies--pair them with your warm chocolate to get into the holiday vibe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 pcs
Calories 163 kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar divided into 2 parts
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract or almond extract
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans finely chopped


  • Prepare your oven by preheating it to 350 F.
  • Using a stand mixer and mixing bowl, cream the softened butter on high speed until it becomes creamy in texture.
  • Lower the speed of your mixer, add half of the powdered sugar, and resume mixing it slowly until combined.
  • Cream the butter and powdered sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. This process will take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add in the vanilla extract and fine salt. Mix until blended.
  • Add ½ of the flour to the mixture; mix it before adding and then the rest of the remaining flour.
  • Mix in the chopped pecans.
  • Divide the cookie dough into 24 balls about 1-inch size. Roll the cookies and line them on your prepared baking sheet, 1 inch apart.
  • You can now bake your cookies for 15 to 17 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.

Finishing and Dusting

  • Put the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar in a medium bowl and set aside while the cookies bake.
  • Once done baking, take the cookies out of the oven.
  • Roll each cookie in the powdered sugar while it is still warm, then place them aside to cool.
  • Roll the cookies in any remaining powdered sugar to form a second coat before serving.
  • Enjoy the cookies while warm and pair them with your favorite drink.


You can replace chopped pecans with any other nuts you prefer, like walnuts, pistachios, or cashew. However, if you are allergic to nuts, you can remove them from the recipe altogether. Feel free to swap it with any filling you love instead.


Calories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 239IUVitamin C: 0.05mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cookie, holiday baking recipe, Snowball Cookie
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To Wrap It All Up 

When it comes to holiday baking, sometimes you don’t have time for fancy ingredients or complicated techniques. That’s why this no-fuss recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the holidays without all the stress. Try this Classic Snowball Cookie recipe at home! We think you’ll be glad you did.

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