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  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Additional powdered sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cream Butter: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add Vanilla: Mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Gradually add this dry mixture to the butter mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Add Pecans: Gently fold in the finely chopped pecans. The dough will be slightly crumbly, but it should hold together when you squeeze it.
  6. Form Dough Balls: Shape the dough into 1-inch balls (or your desired size) and place them on an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are set but not browned.
  8. Roll in Powdered Sugar: Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool slightly. While they are still warm, roll them in powdered sugar until well coated. Place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Second Coating: Once the cookies have cooled, roll them in powdered sugar once more for an extra coating. This gives them that “snowball” appearance.
  10. Serve: Your Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies are ready to enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are perfect for the holiday season or any time you’re craving a sweet and nutty treat. Enjoy!

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