Yield: 60

Snowball Cookies

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes

Swedish Heirloom Cookies melt-in-your mouth cookies with a buttery almond flavor. They're also known as Snowball Cookies or Mexican Wedding Cookies, depending on where you're from!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cups ground pecans **
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, for coating


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, powdered sugar and salt until smooth. Add in ground pecans, flour and egg. Slowly add water, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat until combined into a dough.
  3. Shape dough into small balls and crescents, using about ½-1 Tbsp of dough. Place on cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until set.
  4. While warm, roll cookies in powdered sugar. Store in airtight container for up to one week. Add more powdered sugar, if needed, when serving.


  • Swap the pecans for walnuts or almonds for a delicious twist.
  • Be sure to start with FRESH nuts, for best flavor. Toast the pecans too!
  • When shaping the dough, make them small. The smaller the better! One bite cookies are the best. I use about 1 Tablespoon of dough for each cookie, maybe a little bit less.
  • Be generous with the powdered sugar! Once they are cooled, sprinkle even more powdered sugar on them. You want the cookies to create a powdered sugar cloud that puffs into your face as you take a bite!
  • Store these cookies in an airtight container for up to one week. Feel free to add more powdered sugar just before serving!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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