Dec 8, 2014

How To Freeze Pecan Balls

Guess what? There is no difference between frozen and freshly made pecan balls. I tested them myself and asked two other people to do a blind taste test and no one could tell the difference. This is good news because anything you can make ahead for the holidays is helpful. I’m sure there is more than one way to freeze these delicate Christmas snowball cookies but here is how I did mine:

  1. Once they were completely cool and after the second roll in powdered sugar I gently placed them in a freezer bag so they were not touching.
  2. I removed as much air as possible from the bag and placed them gently in the freezer.
  3. To thaw I let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then brought them to room temperature.
  4. Then I gently rolled them in powdered sugar again to freshen them up.

So there it is. This is how you can freeze your homemade pecan balls and have extra time for…. making more! To make these super easy Christmas cookies, click here for the recipe.  – Jenny Jones

34 Comments on "How To Freeze Pecan Balls"

  1. Redd2

    Hi Jenny: Love this recipe….so easy to make and great tasting. Made 4 batches for Christmas — two batches as written, and two batches with chopped walnuts & almond extract. Made your chocolate cake and lemon brownies a few times and both outstanding. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? So glad I found you on YouTube and I enjoy your step-by-step instructions, not to mention your sense of humor. The first time I found you, I realized that you looked familiar and it took a few times to remember watching your talk show here in Chicago too many years ago. We both still look great! Keep up the great recipes and have a wonderful 2020 !

  2. Jacque

    Can I add a maraschino cherry in the middle of this cookie?

  3. Kathy

    A big thumb’s up for this cookie recipe! I did freeze the cookies and they were still wonderful! 😊

  4. Catherine Perez

    Can I make the dough the night before and bake the following day? Sorry, I’m not much of a baker.

  5. Sue

    These are the best! And the easiest! I have made them numerous times, and everyone just loves them. Thank you Jenny you’re the best!

  6. sue

    Jenny I love you! Found your lemon brownie video, and from there your channel with tips and tricks. SO friendly, with cute no-nonsense videos. Your brightness and sincerity was the welcome balm I needed while dealing with a family rift and one in the hospital with bypass surgery. You are my new “adopted sister”! sending love!

  7. Michele

    Thank fir the freezing tips! I will make them ahead for sure! Also thank you for the recipe!! Cant wait these are my all time fav and so easy ! Merry Christmas!

  8. Cheryl

    I make these every year, this is an excellent no fail recipe.
    Merry Christmas.

  9. Douglas Smolinski

    Hi Jenny…⚘💕🌴
    My question is can I chop the Pecans first then bake and toast them?
    Jenny you certainly can cook!

    Thank you!
    Doug

    • Jewels

      Personally, I wouldn’t recommend chopping the pecans, prior to toasting them in an oven…because it’s so easy to over toast the pecans , when they’re left whole.
      However, you can toast the ( chopped) pecans in a skillet, on stovetop, stirring constantly, which means more control. But it will go quickly.
      Happy Baking 😊

      • Kathy

        I have to agree with the comment, first roast the pecans whole, then chop, less risks burning the nuts. 😊

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I tried chopping the pecans first before toasting them and they burned, so that’s a no.

    • Sue

      I chopped them first the first time I made them. So much easier and neater to toast first

  10. Eileen

    How long can you keep the dough in the fridge and can you freeze the dough?

    • Kim Austin

      I’m wondering the same thing. Can you freeze the dough prior to baking?

  11. Dorothy j Smith

    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE SEEN A RECEIPE FOR SNOW BALLS. I WAS PLANNING ON DOING SOME FOR CHRISTMAS TO TAKE TO KERRVILLE TX TO MY OLDER BROTHER. HE HAS A LOT OF RESTRICTION ON HIM DUE TO HEALTH ISSUE SO THIS WILL WORK OUT FINE FOR HIM TO HAVE I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR EASY RECEIPES SINCE HE CANNOT HAVE CHOCOLATE

    AGAIN THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS CAME JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME.
    DOROTHY SMITH

  12. Lexie Barry Shaw

    These have been a family favorite for 4 generations. Our “adopted” grandmother (neighbor) from up the street, gave us the recipe after making them for our parents and us every Christmas for years. I started making them, and then gave cookie trays with fruit and some candies for gifts to all our friends and family. They were and are the favorite of all the cookies. I collect every recipe I can to see if I can match “Mother Norton’s”. This is the closes yet. Thank you so much.

  13. Cathy Lordo

    I would like to take them to NY with me. Do you think I can freeze them in a container and layer them using wax paper?

    • Lexie Shaw

      Cathy, My original recipe came from NY. Brooklyn as a matter of fact! small world.
      Lexie Shaw

    • sue

      I think you could pack as Jenny suggests to do for freezing, but skip freezing them–take as packed in the bag and inside a box/rubbermaid for protection. If you need to supply a quantity, pack as directed but overnight ship fresh.

  14. Mary-Louise

    I’m so happy I came across your YouTube blog. My husband and I love these cookies and I want to surprise him with these this Christmas. And the tip on freezing, perfect!
    I’ll be following you going forward (and back). Happy Holidays!

  15. Marta Hatton

    Hi Jenny love your site I dont know if you remember me from London Ont. My mom was your godmother pls email I would love to be in touch with you

  16. Marc

    How long can these cookies go without refrigeration ?

    • Diana Shepherd

      How long can these go without refrigeration?

    • Eileen

      Once they are cooked they need no refrigeration

  17. Carolyn

    Omgoodness, it took me a minute or 3 lol ….but I knew you looked & sounded familiar! 😉
    Brings me back to H.S. lunchroom memories.
    ANYHOO, so good to see you and thankful for this recipe/tutorial. Going to make these for my parents this Thanksgiving! 🦃
    Hope you & yours have a very blest one! 😘

  18. Jojo

    My favorite cookies. And so easy.

    Miss the decorating shows you use to have.

    I adore you Ms Jenny. Feel like I know you.
    Love n respect ……Jojo

    • Jenny Can Cook

      But I did not have a decorating show, only a talk show.

  19. Jojo

    My favorite cookies. And so easy.

    Miss the decorating shows you use to have.

    I adore you Ms Jenny. Feel like I know you.
    .Love n respect ……Jojo

  20. AlohaElyce

    Hello JCC…

    Best Christmas cookie recipe for the Holidays. My husband & I ate the entire batch one evening. Thanks for sharing.

    Aloha Elyce

  21. Charlee

    Thank you for taking the time to share your recipe videos and tips, easy to follow and never boring. I’m making these cookies ahead to freeze for Christmas then the rib recipe tomorrow.

  22. Eileen

    Thank you for including info on how to freeze. I didn’t know if these could be frozen and I just happened to see your recipe and comment. thanks so much. Christmas baking just got easier.

  23. Steve

    If you would like to get all the air out of the plastic bag, take a straw and put in a partially closed bag and draw the air out as you slowly close the bag. It works….and I also made your no need,bread in a cast iron pot and my son and daughter swhipped it. At least they left a thank you note.(had smudges of jam on the bag)

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