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3.43 from 7 votes

Butter Pecan Snowball Cookies

If you love yummy buttery shortbread cookies, loaded with finely chopped pecans and smothered in powdered sugar, then you're going to be totally butter pecan 'nutty' over these!
Author: Kim Lange


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecan
  • 1 cup powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Using a mixer, cream softened butter and powdered sugar.   Add in salt, vanilla, flour and pecans and mix on low until mixed together. 
    Using a small or medium scoop, scoop out cookies onto parchment covered baking sheets a few inches part. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until very lightly browned. Do not over bake.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool just enough to be able to handle them. Pour 1 cup powdered sugar in large Ziploc bag or in a wide bowl. 
    Gently add 3-4 cookies at a time and roll them gently in powdered sugar. 
    Gently shake to remove excess powdered sugar and place on cooling racks. 
    Optional: Once completely cooled roll in powdered sugar bag again.


Makes 30-36 cookies