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Mom’s Snowball Cookies – A Holiday Favorite
When mom made Snowball Cookies, we knew that the Christmas season had arrived. My whole family loves the nutty, buttery goodness of these cookies! Mom’s snowball cookies – a holiday favorite!
In our homes, there is a running holiday list of must-have cookies, treats and baked goods. If just one of these delectables is missing, Christmas could be ruined. LOL. Is your family like this too? For me, mom’s snowball cookies are right at the top of my list. They are tender, buttery , with a light nutty flavor all covered in powdered sugar! What’s not to love?
Cookie by a different name
Much to my surprise, I’ve learned that there are many recipes and slight variations of this cookie. Other names are Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies or Butter Ball Cookies. We just call them delicious.
Mom acquired this recipe as a young bride, in the late 1950’s. Below is my hastily written recipe from my first Christmas as a newlywed. I remember having to call home long distance for the recipe, and those calls were pricey back in the day. We had to talk fast. Boy am I showing my age! LOL
When it came to baking, mom always stressed using the best ingredients. Luckily for her, my grandfather was part owner of a pecan farm – so they were plentiful. Here in Georgia we are blessed with lots of nearby pecan farms. I only buy from Stone Mountain Pecans.
Sifting the confectioners sugar and the flour is key for these cookies.
Real butter is a definite must in this recipe. Isn’t it always? LOL
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups flour, sifted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar for rolling
- In a large bowl - mix thoroughly the butter, 1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar and vanilla
- Add flour and salt - mix well.
- Fold in finely chopped pecans.
- Cover and Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add 1 cup of sifted confectioners sugar to a bowl.
- Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator.
- Roll dough into 1" balls.
- Place on ungreased cookie sheet about an inch apart.
- Bake 8-12 minutes, until just set - but not brown.
- When done, remove from oven and immediately roll the hot cookie in confectioners sugar.
- Set on a plate to cool.
- When cookies are completely cool, roll into confectioners sugar again.
The snowball cookies never last that long in our homes! HAHA
When serving, I love to pile them up on a cake stand. Sometimes I sift a bit more confectioners sugar on top.
These little pillows of delight bring me such joy and happy memories!
I sincerely hope that you give my mom’s snowball cookie recipe a try. Your family and friends will thank you!
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