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Snow Ball Christmas Cookies and Online Cookie Exchange

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Snow Ball Christmas Cookies and Online Cookie Exchange. These buttery snowball cookies, also known as Russian tea cakes or pecan meltaway cookies, are the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth cookies! Loaded with crushed pecans and rolled in powdered sugar, makes them one of our favorite cookies during the Christmas season.  They also make great teacher gifts! 

For as long as I can remember, my girls have always called these small buttery cookies the ‘Snow Ball Christmas Cookies.’  The name evolved from the popular Disney movie at that time ‘Snow White,’ which all little girls loved.

Nowadays, all the little girls, including my granddaughter are into the current Disney movie ‘Frozen.’ 

You can gather your little bakers in the kitchen; play the song “Let it Go” as you sing along and create these easy-to-make confections.  And at the same time, creating wonderful memories that will last a lifetime!



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To Make These Snow Ball Christmas Cookies:

Getting started is easy.  Using simple ingredients such as butter, flour, powdered sugar, and crushed pecans makes these cookies so simple to make and bake.

No eggs in this recipe.

Simply beat sugar with butter, then add in the rest of the dry ingredients and shape into balls.

The recipe calls for slow baking them at 325 degrees F for about 15 to 18 minutes and then roll them into the powdered sugar while still warm, and then again the second time once they cool completely.


They stay fresh for one week in a sealed container, and they freeze beautifully too!

If you freeze these cookies, just dust them again with powdered sugar to give them a fresh appearance just before serving.

Best served at room temperature.





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All generations of all ages will enjoy these snow ball cookies as much as we do.

These snow ball Christmas cookies are so good!!  Your friends and loved ones will LOVE them!  Besides, everyone always looks forward to them year after year.


Ok, who’s doing a cookie swap?  Here are a few more cookie recipes you might enjoy!

Coconut Cherry Shortbread Cookies are snowball cookies made with shredded coconut, dried cherries, and chocolate morsels.

And finally, try these!    


I thought it would be fun to offer an “online cookie exchange” and invite some of our foodie-friends to be a part of it.  Our full recipe card for our Snow Ball Christmas Cookies will be at the bottom of this post for you to easily print.


In the meantime, enjoy some of our friend’s cookie recipes as part of our virtual online cookie exchange!

Chocolate Pistachio Cranberry Biscotti by Roz
Lemon Ice Cookies by Dan
Cinnamon Stars by Tricia
Soft Gingersnap Cookies by Barbara
Pecan Shortbead Cookies by Susan, and Peppermint Macarons by Joanne


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Yield: 4 dozen

Snow Ball Christmas Cookies

Snow Ball Christmas Cookies

Snow Ball Christmas Cookies are buttery, sweet and melt-in-your-mouth cookies! Easy to make and bake and perfect for the holidays!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F Degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, vanilla, and sugar. Creaming the mixture until light and fluffy. Blend in water.
  3. Gradually add in and combine the flour and salt, and beat until well blended. Add the pecans.
  4. Shape into 1-inch balls. Or you can use a small ice cream scoop. Place balls at least 1-inch apart onto non-stick cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  6. While cookies are warm, roll into powdered sugar. Cool on wire racks for a few minutes.
  7. Then roll again (the second time) into powdered sugar.
  8. Store them in a sealed container up to one week. They freeze up to one month.
  9. Yields: 4 dozen snow balls


Hello friends!  If you make these delicious snow ball Christmas cookies, let us know and leave a comment and a star rating below!  Have fun and snap a photo and share it on Instagram and on Pinterest; be sure to tag us @2sistersrecipes.

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We hope you’ll be baking up a storm this weekend!  Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by!  ๐Ÿ™‚

  xo Anna and Liz

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  • Reply
    by Anna and Liz
    December 14, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Oh thanks you Sandra! We love hearing from you! Enjoy your weekend and Happy Baking!!

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    December 14, 2019 at 8:37 am

    These sound wonderful. I only make cookies at Christmas or when my grandson comes to stay! Thank you for another delicious Christmas recipe!

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    December 2, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    We are a huge fan of Christmas cookies and these snowball Christmas cookies are among Santa’s favorites; and mine too! Beautiful job, Ladies and happy holidays to you and your families!

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      by Anna and Liz
      December 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you Dan for a sweet comment! Happy Holidays to you and your beautiful family as well!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    These are my husband's favorite cookies – but we do call them Russian Tea Cakes. Thanks for the link love! Merry Christmas to you both and I hope you have a very Happy New Year too! Happy baking ๐Ÿ™‚

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      December 24, 2014 at 2:52 am

      Thank you Tricia! We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy new year!

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    December 20, 2014 at 2:36 am

    So glad to hear that – it's funny how these cookies have evolved into different names.

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    December 20, 2014 at 12:35 am

    We always called these "Exploding Cookies" because when we were little it seemed to us that they exploded when we bit into them. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my favorites!

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    Roz Corieri Paige
    December 19, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Wow, I love these cookies. . . we used to call them Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies, but I like your name better! I could (and would) eat a whole plate of these; I need to try your recipe, since the one I used was out of a cookbook from long ago. Thank you so much for kindly including my biscotti in your cookie exchange! I'll be sending info to you guys about my next recipe roundup going on in the next week.
    Have a blessed Christmas,

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      December 20, 2014 at 2:26 am

      Thanks Roz, we look forward to seeing it. Have a Merry Christmas!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    December 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    An all-time favorite! I usually shaped them into crescents but love the idea of calling them into balls and calling them snowballs. Even my 2-1/2 year old grandson knows who Anna and Elsa are ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas, ladies!

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      December 20, 2014 at 2:25 am

      Oh how sweet! Thank you and Merry Christmas to you!

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