Our Toasted Pecan Snowball Cookie Recipe will surely be a holiday favorite. It’s nutty flavor and tender texture is smothered with confectioners’ sugar making every bite of these pecan cookies a true delight!
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Snowball Cookie Recipe
Holiday baking season is in full swing with our snowball cookies recipe!
A traditional Christmas cookie, our pecan cookies combine flour with pecan meal and rich flavored toasted pecans.
Easy to make, these cookies have a tender crumb from the addition of confectioners’ sugar to the cookie dough.
Top it off by rolling them in more confectioners’ sugar and the holidays have arrived!
Be sure to toast the pecans so that they impart a deep rich nutty flavor to these sweet treats.
The pecan meal adds a depth of flavor but you can easily replace the pecan meal with the same amount of flour.
Ok, my mouth is watering for these pecan snowball cookies and a cup of warm soothing tea. How about you?
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Snowball Cookies FAQ’s
Are confectioners’ sugar and powdered sugar the same?
Yes, confectioners’ sugar and powdered sugar are two names for the same type of sugar. It is also sometimes called 10X and icing sugar.
What is confectioners’ sugar?
Confectioners’ sugar is just granulated sugar that’s been ground up to a powder texture and is mixed with a small amount of cornstarch.
How does powdered sugar affect cookies?
Powdered sugar, also known as confectioners’ sugar makes cookies soft and tender. This sugar is very fine and has a bit of cornstarch added to prevent clumping which adds to the soft and tender texture.
How do you make powdered sugar stick to cookies?
Place the powdered sugar in a bowl and roll the cookies around until they are well coated. Sugar will easily stick to warm cookies too.
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Toasted pecans will give you a nuttier flavor
- Use your food processor to finely chop the pecans
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up
- Add almond extract for added flavor
- Confectioners’ sugar and powdered sugar are the same
- Substitute flour for the pecan meal
- Stir in finely chopped dried cranberries for more holiday flavor
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- confectioners’ sugar
- vanilla extract
- pecan meal
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Preheat oven to 400F.
Arrange pecans in a single layer on baking sheet. Toast until fragrant, about 5 minutes; let cool.
Reduce oven temperature to 325F.
With mixer at medium speed, beat butter until smooth and creamy.
Add 1 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar and beat until blended.
Add vanilla extract then gradually add flour, pecan meal and salt until combined.
Stir in toasted pecan.
Shape dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour until chilled.
Divide dough into 36 balls and arrange 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
Bake 2o minutes or until edges are golden.
Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet and then transfer to wire rack.
Let cool about 5 minutes then roll cookies in remaining ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar.
Cool completely on wire rack.
Makes 36 cookies
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
• Toast the pecans for a nuttier flavor
• Chop the pecans in your food processor to
• Replace the pecan meal with an equal amount of flour
• Add finely chopped dried cranberries
• For easy clean up line your baking sheet with parchment paper
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