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Friday, December 11, 2015

Snowball Cookies | Mexican Wedding Cookies | Russian Tea Cakes

Today I am here with Snowball Cookies Recipe. This cookie has so many different names - Mexican wedding cookies, Russian tea cakes, Pecan butter balls, Pecan Cookie Balls etc., and many more. But whatever may be the name, it is a delicious melt in the mouth, shortbread cookie loaded with pecans and are rolled in powdered sugar. As it is covered by powdered sugar, it gives a look as if it is covered with snow, may be that is why it is called snowball cookies. It looks very attractive and also it is very easy to make. I wanted to bake these cookies for longtime and finally could bake it today. It came out very well and kids loved it very much.
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Recipe adapted from Land O Lakes

Snowball Cookies

Rich and buttery snowball cookies loaded with finely chopped pecans and are covered with powdered sugar. These are easy to make, "melt in the mouth" shortbread cookies. These cookies are egg free and are also called Mexican wedding cookies, Russian tea cakes.
Prep time (including chilling time 30 mins):   Baking time:   Total time:
Yield: about 24 cookies

Ingredients :

  • Butter : 1/2 cup
  • Powdered Sugar : 1/4 cup + more (as needed for dusting the cookies)
  • Vanilla extract : 1 teaspoon
  • All purpose flour : 1 cup
  • Salt : 1/8 teaspoon
  • Finely chopped pecans : 1/2 cup

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Instructions :

  1. In a bowl, beat butter well till it is fluffy. Then add powdered sugar and beat well. Also add Vanilla extract and beat well.
  2. Now add salt and all purpose flour little by little and mix well.
  3. Then add the finely chopped nuts and mix well. The dough will be quite crumbly, but when mixed using hands they will come together.
  4. Cover it and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325 F / 170 C / 150 C (fan) / Gas Mark 3. Prepare the cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper.
  6. Take a Tablespoon of dough and roll it into balls and place it in the prepared cookie sheet. Repeat the process for the rest of the dough. The cookies wont spread, so not much gap is needed.
  7. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes till the bottom of the cookies turn slightly golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes and roll it in powdered sugar and arrange them in the cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Once they are completely cooled roll them once again in powdered sugar.
  10. Store them in air tight container and they stay fresh for about 3-4 days in room temperature.
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Notes :

  • Instead of pecans, you can use walnuts or almonds too.
  • When you use unsalted butter, you can use 1/8 teaspoon of salt. But if you are using salted butter, do not add salt.
  • I used Tablespoon measure, so all the cookies are of same size. You can use any other measure or cookie scoop to get a uniform sized cookies. But depending on the size of the cookie, the baking time will vary.
  • Don't roll the cookies in powdered sugar when they are hot, the sugar will melt and it is going to be sticky. So wait for 5 minutes, then roll it once in powdered sugar, then cool the cookies completely, roll them in powdered sugar again.

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  1. These cookies are my favorite. Perfect

  2. cookies look really deicious divya ..

  3. Lovely cookies. Perfect for this Christmas season

  4. Delicious looking cookies! Beautiful pics too

  5. Feel like grabbing and having some..Ultimate cookies, loving it.

  6. They just look perfect! The pecany bites may have been awesome...

  7. Snowball cookies looks yummy.. lovely pics..

  8. Mouth melting cookies,looks gorgeous.

  9. Delicious snowball cookie, kids will love to have this !!!

  10. I think Mexican Wedding Cookies were the first cookie I ever made all by myself. I love them! Your recipe sounds great! Yum!

  11. When I was a kid, I used to make cookies like these. I loved them. Now you've got me thinking...hmmm. Thanks for the memories!

  12. These are some of my favourite Christmas cookies! I look forward to checking out all the entries!

  13. I love that these cookies include pecans! I don't think I've ever tried one! :)

  14. I always have to make two batches because the first one gets eaten almost immediately :)

  15. They look like our kourabiedes! They look fantastic so i will have to give them a try!

  16. These are my daughter's ulitmate favorite, she makes a batch just for herself!!

  17. I love snowball cookies they are just so delightful and your sweet treats are holiday perfect and delish, indeed!

  18. Love these little cookies and so easy too, delicious!!! I'll definitely be giving them a try soon.

  19. Snowball cookies looks amazing .Perfectly baked.Bookmarked.

  20. I love these, so buttery and decadent!

  21. My husband has been begging me for these snowball cookies! Now I know where to find the recipe! Thanks so much!

  22. These would be excellent with an afternoon cup of coffee, for sure! Yum!

  23. this has been on my to do list for so long - yours came out perfect

  24. Cookies resemble our flour laddus. Delicious looking cookies.

  25. Those cookies look absolutely delicious.

  26. Very nicely done Divya..though I wish these were as quick to make as our laddos are ..:)


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