Sunday, December 20, 2009

Traditional Christmas Snowball Cookies from Irish Rose Creations

1 cup butter softened
1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for topping)
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
3/4 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 350 . Mix butter, 1 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until set but not brown. Roll in powdered sugar while warm. Cool. Roll in powdered sugar again.


  1. Those look delicious and simple so that even I could make them. The blog looks great! Thank you! Merry Christmas! Carol

  2. Love these cookies! One of my favorites! Glad I found your blog this morning--I'm a vintage-loving girl who loves good old recipes...I'm your newest follower and will be back often! Merry Christmas!

  3. I am going to try these cookies. My grandmothers used to make something like this!

    Merry Christmas

  4. Carol,
    My goodness, I love your blog. I am so glad I visited. These cookies sound scrumptious and I believe I have all the ingred. here to make them.

    Very welcoming here. Love it.

    Have a Merry Christmas.

    I did indeed scritch Gunner.


  5. I love these cookies! My grandmother used to make something similar and called them Russian Teacakes.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year.


  6. Glad I happened to find your blog. I'm always happy to find new recipes.

  7. I just found this's delicious! Love the photo of Christmas Snowball cookies. I make them every year since they're Hubby's favorite but I know them as Russian Teacakes and Mexican Wedding Cakes. No matter what name they're called, they are sooooo good. Love this blog!

  8. ok..i am first time baker and by all rules, chefs say always use unsalted butter. chefs also say if a recipes says just butter, still use unsalted..what do i use in this recipe? thank you all..angel

  9. Angel,

    Since there is butter listed in the ingredients, I use unsalted butter. I have made these cookies and they are simple and delicious.



  10. hi lucy, thank you so very much for leaving me an answer so quickly. happy holidays to you and your family..angel

  11. hi there all you bakers..well i tried to bake these cookies and being i do not bake, the first batch was wrong and right. wrong because i forgot another cup of flour and right because the cookie wasn't bad at all. so i made batch number two and delicious! so my christmas eve turned out great after all. thank you for the recipe!!..and a healthy new year..angel