Pecan Snowballs

I love Christmas but I am not a fan of winter. More than anything, it is the bitter cold weather that causes the winter season and I to have such a difficult relationship. My kids get so excited with every single snowfall, whereas I long for the warm days again. I will admit though that I do enjoy a good snowball fight! Who doesn’t? I remember when I was younger and there would be a big snowfall, with packing snow, a bunch of kids on my street would go outside and we would build snowforts and start a big snow battle. So much fun!

a bunch of snowballs

Today’s post is a tribute to snowballs! These cookies are called pecan snowballs but are also known as Mexican wedding cookies or Russian tea cakes. They are light, fluffy and melt in your mouth. I debated posting these cookies as they look so similar to the lemon meltaways but they taste so completely different I knew they should be posted as well. Janna said that I needed to increase the chocolate contribution to the 24 Days of Christmas Baking, so tomorrow’s post is all about chocolate!!! Stay tuned!

A simple dough with few ingredients. Roll the balls into 1 1/4 inch balls.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool slightly and then roll in icing sugar.

These snowballs are melt in your mouth delicious!

Pecan Snowballs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 40 -50
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups icing sugar


  • In an electric mixer cream together the butter, 3/4 cups icing sugar and vanilla. Add the pecans. Slowly beat in the flour until fully combined and the dough has an even consistency.
  • Roll the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake in a 350F oven for 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool slightly. While still warm, gently roll the balls in the 2 cups icing sugar. Let cool on a wire rack.
  • Before serving toss once again in icing sugar.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Ooh, these look perfect. If they are anything near as melt-in-your-mouth as the almond version my family makes, I’d love them!

  2. Oh, how yummy! These are one of my holiday favorites~

  3. Yum! All about desserts! Can’t wait my favorite “chocolate”!!

  4. Russian tea cakes are some of my (and my husband’s) favorite cookies! I often make them, but your interpretation of them as snowballs is a very good idea — I will keep it in mind for Christmas 🙂

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