Snowball Cookies


These Snowball Cookies are not too sweet with an almost shortbread-like taste. A melt-in-your-mouth cookie. These Snowball Cookies are not too sweet with an almost shortbread-like taste. A melt-in-your-mouth cookie. #dairyfree #eggfree

Love, love LOVE these cookies! I fell in love with them in my childhood and have to have them every Christmas. Some people might refer to these cookies as Wedding Cookies or Christmas Tea Cakes, but I’ve always called them Snowball cookies. Hey people, they look like snowballs! They are not too sweet with an almost shortbread taste, lightly flavored with pecans–a melt-in-your-mouth cookie. They are very quick and easy to make. Did I mention I love these cookies? I did? Well, it’s worth saying again. LOVE.


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Snowball Cookies
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Serves: 3 dozen
  • 1 cup Earth Balance sticks, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • Powdered sugar to roll cookies in.
  1. Beat butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
  2. Gradually blend in salt, flour, and pecans. Mix well.
  3. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake at 325F for 15-20 minutes. They should be light in color; not browned. Remove from oven. While cookies are still warm, roll in powdered sugar. Let cool and roll again in powdered sugar. Store in airtight container.

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. Enjoy the ease of items and baking. Thank you! (Any nutmeats could be used too?)

  2. These sound like what we made when I was in high school home ec. They were called Russian Tea Cookies. They are delicious. My recipe was so faded that I couldn’t make them. That was back in the 60’s.

  3. Looks good!

  4. Jen,

    So funny, we grew up calling them snowball cookies also! It was a special tradition in our family to make these every Christmas. LOVE is the perfect word to describe how I feel when eating these!

  5. Michelle Delios says:

    these remind me of my Greek Almond Cookies. Almost the same recipe, except we add Brandy, almonds are toasted and they are in the fridge for an hour before cooking.

  6. These cookies have so many name, but snowball actually fits them well. I haven’t made these in years and it’s high time I do again. Their more work than some, but well worth it. Yumm yum yum.

    Thanks Jen,

    • They sure do have a lot of names. Someone else was saying they call them Russian something or other :). If you make them, let me know how you like them.

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