Snowball Cookies are bite sized cookies filled with pecans or walnuts and are covered with powdered sugar making them irresistible and addictive at the same time. They are the perfect holiday treat or cookie swap gift. Make a dozen, wrap them up in cellophane, tie with a bow and you’ve got the perfect little gift to give!
A few years ago we had a friend from high school and his wife over for dinner and they brought these cookies that I just absolutely loved. She told me that they were called Mexican Wedding cookies but unfortunately I never got the recipe. So all of these years later I had a craving for them so I got busy searching Pinterest for the recipe. I’ve come to find out that they are called Mexican Wedding cookies or cakes, Tea Cakes and Snowball Cookies. There are also a few different ways to make them. Some recipes call for walnuts while some call for pecans. I made two batches, one with walnuts and one with pecans…and I have to say, I prefer the pecans!
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Funny enough, after 11 years of marriage (and over half of my life spent with him) I never knew my husband liked these! So funny how you keep learning things, even if they are silly, so many years later! Guess these cookies will be added to our Christmas cookie recipe book!
They disappeared as soon as they were powdered!
Let me show you how I made them!
Here’s the recipe, enjoy!
Melting Snowball Cookies aka Mexican Wedding Cookies
- 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature **make sure your butter is room temperature!!
- 5 tbs granulated sugar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 2 c all-purpose flour
- 2 c finely chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1 1/2 c confectioner's sugar for dusting cookies
- Using an electric mixer mix ROOM TEMPERATURE butter and sugar
- Add vanilla and salt
- Slowly add flour **do not add all at once, add 1/4 cup at a time and incorporate. Make sure that the dough does not become too thick/dry/breaks apart. You may only end up using 1 3/4c flour if your dough seems to be very dry
- Once flour is incorporated, add nuts
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes
- Remove dough from refrigerator and roll into 1" balls and place on baking sheet
- Bake for 8-12 minutes at 350
- Working quickly, once cookies are cool enough to handle, but still very warm, carefully toss them in a bowl of confectioners sugar **Note: When cookies are still hot/warm they will be very likely to break apart. Be extra careful while handling them.
- Side aside on a cooling rack and let cool completely
- Once the cookies are completely cooled, carefully toss them again in the confectioners sugar.
Snowball Cookies are also really durable and great for packaging! Pack them up in a cute cellophane bag, some cute ribbon and an ornament and give them as gifts to your friends and neighbors!
Wishing you all a happy baking season and …
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!