Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pecan Snowballs

 
You know those people in your life that you just *trust* when it comes to food? I don't care if they are serving you a piece of toast, or a bowl of soup, or a slice of pie....you know it's going to be good.

Well, this recipe comes from one of *those* people....my Aunt Janice. When she mentioned these Pecan Snowballs around Christmastime, I knew I MUST make them!

Two things....
  1. Aunt Janice says that she usually doubles this recipe. I forgot to buy double the pecans.  I will not make that mistake again. DOUBLE IT....they go FAST!
  2. The.dough.is.so.good.....do not pinch off a piece to taste before baking.  You may end up eating half the dough before it gets to the oven. {Not that I did that or anything.}

Pecan Snowballs
{from Aunt Janice}

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flour
Powdered sugar to coat the snowballs after baking

Cream sugar, salt, butter.

Add vanilla, then flour and nuts.

Chill 2 hours.

Form small balls...about 1 inch diameter


Place balls on cookie sheet and bake in 250 degree oven (yes, two hundred fifty:)  until light brown on bottoms......40-50 minutes.


Roll them in powdered sugar as soon as they are cool enough to handle.  Then, roll them again after they've cooled more.  Then, roll them again when completely cool.

These cookies were a huge hit at our house!  Make them....just remember to double that batch!

71 comments:

  1. OMG! Stop it already!! I need to LOSE weight, LOL!! Mmmm!!!

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  2. These are a family Christmas standard here, too! The recipe is mostly the same except ours calls for powdered sugar instead of granualted sugar in the cookie. Oh, and we call them Russian Teacakes. I love the way they melt in your mouth!

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  3. These look DELICIOUS, I've made a similar recipe with walnuts and they disappear! I simply can't keep my hands off them. I will be giving these a try soon!

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  4. These look good, Bridget! In Mexico they are called "Mexican Wedding Cakes", because they were given as favours at weddings...

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  5. Yes these are similiar to my moms famous pecan cookies..(she used powdered sugar). And I agree...ADDICTIVE. Really sugar and butter and pecans = YUM!!!

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  6. Yes these are similiar to my moms famous pecan cookies..(she used powdered sugar). And I agree...ADDICTIVE. Really sugar and butter and pecans = YUM!!!

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  7. These look so awesome! For Christmas, a neighbor gave me a small container (just 8 pcs!) of "Vanilla Almond Cookies," but they look just like yours. They were soooooo good!

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  8. Yummm.....these may have to be our snow day project tomorrow :D

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  9. OmGoodness my Sweet Friend!
    We are so much alike!
    I totally make these...every year...at Christmas!
    They are like MAGIC little cookies...that we make WISHES on!
    We call them SANDTARTS!
    I sure do LOVE the name SNOWBALLS...so much cuter than Sandtarts!
    And to be quite honest...it looks like the same recipe! You can pop over!
    I have them listed in my recipes!
    Dare I give you a TIP?
    I mean you ARE the QUEEN of COOKIES!
    My TIP is this:
    Toast your pecans before adding them to the cookie dough! The pecan flavor is so much better if toasted!
    These look so YUMMMY!
    I like to nibble on them with punch on New Years EVER!
    And...make a Happy New Year WISH!
    xoxoxox
    My wish for us...is that we MEET one day!

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  10. You are absolutely right, they're delicious! I've made them in December and they flew away (I think like a hundred came out of one batch, but I needed to gard them with my life ;) I've blogged about it too, you can read about it here: http://opeengrotepaddestoel.blogspot.com/2010/12/aan-de-bak.html

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  11. Nonononononono! I would eat the whole dough before baking, for sure!
    Tks for the recipe!

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  13. I have two teenage boys and a 12 y/o that eats like one... I think I might have to triple the recipe.

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  14. We love these too! For Christmas, instead of using powdered sugar on the cooked cookies, we roll the unbaked dough in red or green colored sugar and then bake. I call them Russian Tea Cakes. My kids call them Red and Green Ball Cookies. Yours look delicious! Kelly

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  15. Hello Bridget! These look fabulous, as does everything else that you bake! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award on my site www.countrybymarriage.com If you want, you can stop by sometime to grab the button. Thanks, and keep up the good baking...you're making my mouth water! Deana

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  16. Your pictures are beautiful! And I love the idea of "making wishes" on Snowballs! I'm going to adopt that tradition from one of your comments:)

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  17. I think I'll deviate from my new diet plan to give these a try!! I love cookies rolled in confectioners' sugar, so these are already ahead of the game! Thanks!!

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  18. I made pecan balls very similar to your Aunt Janice's recipe for the first time this Christmas. You are right, they go fast. We enjoyed them so much that I won't be waiting until next Christmas to make more. Yours look delicious and isn't it wonderful how easy they are to just pop in your mouth and enjoy, over and over again!

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  19. These are Jackie's favorite cookies! And everyone has a different name for them, too.

    Glad to see you like them, Bridget!

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  20. My favorite is when you take a bite and all the powdered sugar ends up down the front of your shirt. You just know it's a good cookie when that happens.

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  21. These have always been one of my favorite cookies!! We only made them at Christmas time......sadly, I didn't make them this past year...because I knew the damage I could do by having them around! lol

    YUM! Love that first shot Bridget!!

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  22. We make these every year during Christmas but use cake flour instead! Makes a big difference!! Have a Blessed weekend!

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  23. I may or may not have single-handedly eaten at least two batches of these over the holidays. I cannot, cannot be trusted with these cookies. YUM!

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  24. my family has a recipe like this - rio lace cookies. my dad's mom (mimi) makes these and they are so DELICIOUS! :) these look good - may have to try them out!!

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  25. Love this recipe - My Mom always makes them at New Years & calls them snowballs!

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  26. Oh my! I think this will be on my baking bucket list! =)

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  27. I have a similar recipe but it includes wrapping the "batter" around a hershey kiss. Mmmm!

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  28. Laura/blogspot.comJanuary 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Definately a multi-cultural recipe. My German grandmother made these for us every year. YUM!

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  29. Yum, they look awesome.
    And that person in my life that I trust with food--it's my sister. Everything she makes, and I mean everything (including a cup of coffee) is fantastic. It's wonderful to have someone like that in your life, isn't it?

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  30. Yum... Love these cookies. Good tip on the double batch!

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  31. tell aunt janice i am going to replicate this one into gluten free goodness!
    amy fenster brown

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  32. Great recipe!!! I have one of those "trust" people in my life... its you! :)

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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  33. Oh - looking at these reminds me of my grandmother, who made something just like them. Aaah, I love having food memories like that!

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  34. I love these kind of cookies!!! I want some. :)

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  35. Renee of Kudos Kitchen made some awhile back, go and check her recipe out. It was AWHILE back, though.

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  36. I got this recipe from a friend almost 20 years ago (mine also calls for powdered sugar in the recipe) and it's a family favorite. I grind my pecans very fine - and they do melt in your mouth!

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  37. I have the same recipe but I stick a Hershey's Kiss into the middle before pooping them in the oven. They are amazing!

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  38. Bridget I love your blog. I have learned so much about cookie decorating from you. Thank you! I make these snowball cookies every Christmas. I stick a Hershey Kiss in the middle before baking. They are delish!

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  39. These just melt in your mouth don't they? :) I use walnuts(My mom made them every Christmas), but will have to try pecans next time.

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  40. you are that person to me. Really.
    {tearing up}
    {while stomach growls}

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  41. Your decorated cookies are so adorable! I've never made this cookie with pecans, only walnuts. Your site is gorgeous!

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  42. I live in Charleston, SC. We call these wonderful cookies Sands. They're a Christmas favorite. They're also called Moldy Mice. I prefer to call them Sands. Love the recipe!

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  43. Ohh these look delightful! I made something really similar to this over Christmas, except I used almond meal and replaced some of the flour with green tea powder (matcha).

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  44. My mom makes something similar to these, but it involves orange juice. They are amazing!

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  45. I love the part where you roll in sugar thrice! Yum :)

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  46. I love the part where you roll in sugar thrice! Yum :)

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  47. I love pecan balls and I'm in need of a good recipe! I can't wait to .try this

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  48. Oh My Goodness! I love anything with pecans. My family will thank you and so do I.

    Valerie
    www.thecutecouponer.blogspot.com

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  49. Oh Wow! These look marvelous!

    Thanks,

    Valerie
    www.lovingmyheartandhome.blogspot.com

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  50. I simply adore these cookies! Grew up eating a similar version! My favorite was when they were still warm and the powdered sugar started to slightly melt. Oh heavens were they good!

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  51. I'd have to look at our recipe, but we make Pecan Puffs every year and they look just like this. The dough is SO good! I know what you mean about eating it all!

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  52. These are the melt in your mouth kind of cookies that I just love! I make mine with almonds or hazelnuts usually.

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  53. Those look great! I will have to try them too!

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  54. These look fantastic - even though I'm tempted to echo the first comment "stop it stop it I need to lose weight!"

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  55. These are my favorite cookies! I can't wait to try this recipe :)

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  56. Oh no, not another "I MUST MAKE THAT" recipe... I am going to be the size of a house.....

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  57. I'm a dough snatcher so I'd better not make these... I'd have it eaten before the snowballs were made!

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  59. We make these for Christmas every year. Love them!

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  60. Those were AWESOME! Perfect recipe and fantastic execution on it, B! The dividends for "marrying well" continue pour moi! These also work well cut into chunks and used as a topping for ice cream ;-)

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  61. Delicious! My grandma makes these, and I always savor every single bite!

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  62. Even more amazing if a teaspoon of almond extract is added!

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  63. Awesome awesome recipe. These look super delicious.

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  64. if you put a Hershey kiss in the center before baking... even more irresistible!!!

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  65. I made these for a cookie exchange and they're very tasty! I really liked that this recipe calls for larger pecan pieces as not all recipes do. I'll definitely be making these again for next Christmas! Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

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  66. Very nice article "pecan snowballs".
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