Traditions… I love them! This recipe for Snowball Cookies is one of them for our family. These little balls of buttery shortbread, bursting with pecans and rolled in sweet powdered sugar are the perfect Christmas treat! My Mom made these delicious cookies for us when we were growing up. To continue the tradition, I’ve been making them for years (and years) at Christmas for our family and as gifts for friends and neighbors.
I’ve heard them referred to as Mexican Wedding Cookies, Tea Cakes, Shortbread Bites, etc. Seems like everyone has a recipe and a name for them. Whatever they are called, these cookies really are little bites of “shortbread goodness”.
They look like little snowballs… melt in your mouth… and are very easy to make. Perfect with a cup of coffee…these are not just for Christmas…but anytime of the year. I hope you will give them a try!
Ready to eat… yum!
The dough is easy to make, then it is chilled, rolled into balls, baked, then rolled in powdered sugar while warm. That’s it! And boy are they delicious!
- 1 cup butter (2 cubes, room temperature)
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans), chopped
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar (powdered) to roll the baked cookies in when done
- Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for several minutes until thoroughly mixed. Add the water and vanilla, and mix together. Slowly add the flour (the dough will become very thick). Stir in the nuts.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours in refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove dough from refrigerator. Spoon out and roll dough in your hands to make 1" round cookie dough balls.
- Bake snowballs on ungreased baking sheets for 15-20 minutes at 325 degrees, or until just slightly browned. Remove cookies from oven; let cool just a minute, then carefully roll each cookie in a bowl of powdered sugar, to cover. Cool on a wire rack. That's it!