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Easy Christmas Pecan Ball Cookies

Easy Christmas Pecan Balls (Snowballs)

Easy Christmas Pecan Balls

These snowball cookies are surprisingly easy to make. Pecans can be finely chopped or coarsely ground in a food processor and toasting them first makes all the difference. I could not find a way to make these with less butter, I tried! (RECIPE CAN BE DOUBLED) - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Makes: about 2 dozen

Easy Christmas Pecan Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup/113 g), softened (I use unsalted)
  • 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans (or coarsely ground)
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients except powdered sugar into a large bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly by hand, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350° F. Roll cookies by hand into 1-inch balls.
  4. Place on ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheet an inch apart.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until set but not brown.
  6. Let stand on cookie sheet about 2 minutes, then gently roll each one gently in powdered sugar. Let cookies cool.
  7. Once they cool (15-20 minutes), roll again (gently) in powdered sugar. Store loosely covered.

To Toast Nuts: Place on ungreased baking pan and bake at 350° F for 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye so they don't burn. Cool, then chop.

Want to Freeze Them? Click here to see how.

Easy Christmas Pecan Balls (Snowballs)

227 Comments on "Easy Christmas Pecan Balls (Snowballs)"

  1. Metrogirl

    These were so delicious! I took your advice…and ate most if them myself!

  2. Brenda Lee& granddaughter Jessica Lee

    First time making theseFrosty Snowballs😁we had great fun and they tasted great😋disappeared fast😘🇨🇦

  3. Diane P.

    I made these for our Christmas luncheon. So easy and so delicious. I was inspired. My Mother used to make these every Christmas. Thank you for the video. Helped so much.These will be made throughout the year. I didn’t realize that you were “Jenny Jones”. Duh. I am going to try more recipes. Thank you so much.

  4. Jennifer Perkins

    Making these today for Christmas excited can’t wait going to make them right now

  5. penelope72

    My mother-in-law made these but she used powdered sugar instead of granulated and crisco instead of butter. Have you used powdered sugar instead of the granulated sugar? I’m not sure of how much powdered sugar she used either. Of course, she definitely rolled in the powdered sugar, twice. Thank you.

  6. Dina

    This recipe is fabulous! Thank you for the tip on put the pecans in the oven first! Beautiful flavour!

    • twylteyes

      This recipe looks mighty good, but can you substitute walnuts for the pecans?

  7. Gail

    I made these cookies for the first time today! Oh my goodness so delicious and so easy! Thank you so much for this great recipe. I have always like these cookies but never knew how easy it could be. I’m making another batch tomorrow. I toasted the pecans too! Thank you so much Jennie! Really enjoy your cooking videos.

  8. Susan W

    Fabulous, thank you for sharing!! I can’t wait to make these!!

  9. Judy Walters

    If you are Alergic to nuts, can you use any liquid flavoring for them. ie: mint, peppermint, anise, etc. Thank you.

  10. Deb Cigany

    I am going to make these snowball cookies tonight! Love your videos Jenny! Even my kids like to watch!

    • Chris Zaniewski

      Yes, Jenny’s videos are the greatest and most fun to watch! Thanks Jenny!
      Chris Z.

  11. Chris Zaniewski

    Hi Jenny!
    Wesolych Swiat!! Just made your snowball cookies and they came out great!
    Do you have a recipe for Polish Kolaczki? When I make these, they puff up way too much and lose their pretty shape after baking. Would love to see a video of you making these!
    Thank you!
    Chris

  12. Patricia

    made these with sunflower seeds aswell and tasted delicious. Everyone thought it was nuts.

  13. Maggie

    made these last Christmas… they were delicious and so simple … making a double batch this year cuz they disappeared before I got to enjoy another one with a cup of tea after the day was done…

  14. CJC

    The dough would not come together…it is dry and crumbly. Should I add a tad of milk, maybe?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I’m not sure. What ingredients did you use? Please list them. Did you make any changes?

  15. Jerry

    When I was young my mother made these but shaped them like little lady fingers. Our family hasn’t had them since she passed.I watched your video on YouTube. I’m making them tonight but I’m going shape them like yours. Thank You so much for sharing.
    Merry Christmas !

  16. Badger359

    These are fantastic and turned exactly as you showed in your video.

    These are my favorite

  17. Judy Mauldin

    Iam diabetic could I use almond flour and fake sugar. I love these cookies..ty so much.🎅🏼🤶🏻⛄️🎄😊

  18. Ann

    I made a double batch of these exactly per Jenny’s instructions using toasted pecans which I then ground. They are perfection! Thanks, Jenny!

  19. Joan

    These turned out so delicate, with just the right amount of sweetness. Nice flavor from the pecans. They make a lovely gift! I made them vegan by using a dairy free, non-hydrogenated tub margarine straight from the refrigerator. Not exactly a health food but a great treat during the holiday season.

  20. Susie

    I used olive oil rather than butter since I have to watch my cholesterol so carefully. Worked very well.

  21. Rose

    Made these and came out perfect!! These will definitely be made again and again!!!

  22. Sandra Dellomas

    My daughter made this, and it was so yummy 😋. I wanted to keep it all for myself, but of course my grandkids wanted some too. I’m saving your recipe so I can make them myself and share it with my sisters.

  23. Emerald

    Thank you for the easy recipes!
    All my family love it my cookie.

  24. Josephine

    Hi Jenny, I love your channel and your way of showing it. it’s so easy to understand and encouraging. I bring food to church regularly for about 50 to 100 people so simple and easy recipes are important to me. In about 2 weeks, I will have to make Christmas cookies for about 75 perions. I checked different youtube postings and decided to try your pecan snowballs. Now my question is, since pecans are expensive, can I use walnuts instead?

    For your information, I made your no-knead bread and cabbage rolls at Thanksgiving dinner for 11 people, everybody liked it with great comment.

    • K

      This recipe has been handed down in my family for years and is always made with walnuts, not pecans. Delicious!!

  25. Rose

    Hi Jenny,

    Certainly enjoyed your presentation and you humor!
    I printed your recipe ,I thought, what I got was several pages
    Of comments. A new printer so I guess I’m out doing somthing right.
    Cookies look delish!
    I wrote the recipe out. Hope I do better with that.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Try using the “Print” button just below the photo.

  26. Lana

    Jenny
    You are a HOOT! I Love to watch your videos and make your Yummy Desserts! I will definitely be making these for CHRISTMAS!
    Please keep them coming!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  27. Wayne Tripp

    can you use margarine instead of butter

    • April

      I looked this up copy/pasted it for you. Hope it help

      When can I use margarine instead of butter? … In baking, melted margarine could work in recipes that call for melted butter, but in recipes that call for softened butter, swapping in tub margarine may change the texture; for example, cakes will be less tender, and cookies will generally spread out more and be less crisp

  28. Bailey

    Jenny so good to see you! Loved your talk show but I love seeing you cook even more. This is a wonderful recipe, so easy and delicious. I’m someone who doesn’t like to cook and you make it so easy that I actually enjoyed preparing this. Thank you❤️🙂

  29. Marc

    How long can these cookies go without refrigeration?

  30. Mary DiStefano

    Can u use almonds

  31. Christine

    My mom made these cookies every year at Christmas time. They are my absolute favorite cookie. I lost the recipe, so thank you for yours. My mom called them pecan sandies.

  32. GramaCindy

    I just made these (got 21 from the recipe) and they are so good. I chopped up the pecans after roasting them according to the directions, and made sure the butter was room temperature. I even used a glove to mix them although the glove was a size too big. It worked! The cookies turned out beautifully. Thank you so much Jenny for your recipe. I will share it with family tomorrow at Thanksgiving brunch.

  33. Angela S

    I just made these exactly as directed, they are delicious! Thank you Jenny for such great recipes. Getting ready to make the flatbread now.

  34. Maria Teleptean

    Is there a reason for not using any baking power

  35. Sharon

    I’ve never toasted pecans before baking these yummy white things …delicious secret:))) ty❤️

  36. Victoria

    Wow! So quick and easy. I can’t wait to make these tasty lil cookies, and give them as gifts on beautiful platters. Wrapped in clear cellophane wrap with a homemade bow and cute little tag.
    Thanks Jenny

    Happy Holidays Everyone🎄🎄🎄

  37. Y

    Hi Jenny, So nice to see you after all these years!
    I made these tonight and they were super yummy! I made 1 and 1/2 times the recipe (wanted to make some with no pecans) but even still came out with only 22 cookies. I rolled them the size the recipe indicated, watched the video multiple times to verify ingredients and measurements and don’t know what happened…why I found up with less cookies with 1.5 times the recipe?
    Any one else come up with less cookies?

    • Shirley Vivio

      I usually double the recipe and roll them smaller.

    • Lisa

      no nuts means less dough!

    • Marie

      No pecans, seriously? Do you think that may have something to do with it? Might as well just make sugar cookies.

    • Loretta Palmer

      it is the size of the ball..go smallerit will work out..they expand slightly in the oven..Is great recipe thank YOU☺

  38. Roanokejoe

    An ex-girlfriend’s mother made these for me about a million years ago. She called them “white things.” I could never find a recipe for “white things,” but recognized these monsters immediately. Thank you so much! A decade-long quest has been fulfilled!

  39. Marylouise Belmontez

    I can’t wait to make them I always thought they were hard to make but now that I learned from you how simple they are to make thank you so much💗💗💗.

  40. Marlene

    They look ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS..

  41. Star

    My all time favorite cookie! Didn’t realize how simple they are to make…Can’t wait to make and EAT!! Thanks bunches Jenny. 🙂

  42. GRACE GAMBUTI KARAUSKY

    Do you have a recipe for chocolate snowballs…USING POWDERED SUGAR..
    THANK YOU
    Grace

  43. Elsa

    Great job! So easy! You’re hysterical! 😁

  44. Peach

    Thanks Jenny for the recipe, I have one like it, we call Russian Tea Cakes, I knew that was you, miss your show, glad you are doing OK.

  45. Becky

    I have made these before but lost my recipe,thanks so much for sharing your video. I just made a triple batch. 😁 They are the bomb 💣

  46. Jayne R Swanson

    My husband loved these cookies..his favorite. Good recipe!

  47. Anna

    Can I freeze these cookies?

  48. Alita Davis

    Thank you. I remember this simple , delicious cookie , thanks again for good memories. Happy Holidays tand blessing to you and your family.

  49. Amy

    This was funny I am looking at you and I just realized your talk show
    Miss seeing you
    Love your recipes
    Yrun out great
    Keeping cooking

  50. Linda Greene aka Gma

    It’s that time of year again. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year as my children are visiting the Inlaws at Christmas. These are hands down a favorite at my home. Making several extra batches for the holidays and gifts. Thank you for a lovely recipe. Enjoy the holidays. Blessings 💫

  51. Ceci

    Hi Jenny..I have made these twice..and it is so very easy…like you say in your video…can you dump things in a bowl…lol…yes I can!…I gave a couple to a friend ..they are her favorite…and she loved that there were so many pecans…thank you for such an easy recipe..
    Ceci

  52. Sheryl

    Everyone loves these cookies!!!!! Jenny, thank you so much for the recipe. I used almonds and almond extract instead of the pecans and vanilla extract.

    • Heidi Tysinger

      I substituted toasted walnuts and almond extract. 😃 Delicious!
      Happy NEW year!
      The Lord is coming soon.

  53. JulieRumbarger

    I made these with toffee toasted pecans that we got for an X-mas present and WOW. These are wonderful. Better than the ones I recall as a child. Thank you Jenny ! I love your bread recipe’s too !

  54. Sanhita

    Turned out great. Thanks. But I could not get as much powdered sugar to stick on them as you seem to have from the picture. Mine look a bit bald. But very tasty!! 🙂

    • JulieRumbarger

      The key is to roll them when they are nice and warm and then do it again. Hope that helps.

  55. Crystal Ross

    Hello from Houston Texas,well I finally baked these snow ball cookies,oh my gosh it was a hit!!!! With my family!!!,I had been looking for this recipe for a long time,and well that were yummy!!!!, again Thank you for sharing !!!, followed the recipe.👍🐣. thank you Jenny!!!!. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  56. Linda

    Hi Jenny, made these for Christmas and they were very good. They are a lot like the Greek cookies kourambiethes, (sp) They are buttery and tender, Melt in your mouth good. I didn’t have pecans, but used grated walnuts, not toasted. I used confectionary sugar in place of sugar as our greek recipe uses. I think this makes them very tender. I will use toasted pecans next time. Do you think that adding powdered sugar in place of regular sugar makes them more tender? These are definitely a keeper.

    • Sandy

      Did you use the same amount of confectioners sugar as the regular white sugar?

  57. Marcella Constancio

    Thanks for these delights so easy to make and very full of flavor love you Jenny Jones.

  58. Patty

    These are so easy to make yet they look impressive and taste yummy! Thank you Jenny, Merry Christmas and all the best throughout 2018!

  59. Tiria

    Well with pure excitement and anticipation I decided to make my absolute favorite cookie… first time ever. I’ve always bought them at about $5 a box. I’m amazed. I’m not an expert baker by no means but I just ate my FIRST cookie, still warm from the first powdered sugar roll. I DID IT!! I dont know enough to modify a cookie recipe so I followed EVERY detail in Jenny’s recipe, EXACTLY.
    Now I have 23 left to share with my kids when they visit tomorrow. Did I say how proud I’ll be to put these out?!!? I’m actually giddy and they were so easy!!

    • Jenny

      That makes me so happy to hear, and it’s a valuable message you’re sending that it’s best to follow a good recipe EXACTLY. I’m so glad they turned out for you and thank you for taking time to write. Merry Christmas! 🎄

  60. Crystal Ross

    Hello from Houston Texas,well I just want to say,I think your video ,is so funny at the end,makes me happy,and also I am going to try this recipe today, exactly how you do it,for christmas.thank you for sharing!!! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!and happy holidays!!! to you and your family!!!GOD BLESS YOU and Family.

  61. Michelle

    Gee Jenny the recipe won’t print…it comes out blank. Even the preview page just shows the date & name of the recipe : (

  62. Eileen

    Just made these. I had made a batch using a different recipe that called for nutmeg and didn’t really like the flavor so I came upon this and they are so yummy , I toasted the nuts too and really appreciate the flavor of these cookies. Enjoyed your video too , thanks.

  63. Sharon Irene

    I made these exactly as your recipe is. The only thing is I made them. 11/2 ” instead of just one inch.. Oops! So I cooked them about 8 minutes longer. I always have an oven thermometer in my oven to make sure its heating correctly.. They are really inexpensive and it has saved me many times. These cookies are beautiful!!! Your recipe is PERFECT and EASY! Melt in my mouth delicious. I love your demonstrations. You are fun to watch and have easy to make recipes. I love cooking, but to have a sense of humor while cooking is WONDERFUL! I sincerely hope you have a wonderful Christmas and are safe and healthy.

  64. Jami

    Can I use almonds instead?

    • Jacqui LaRoche

      I added sliced almonds to mine and it was incredible!!

  65. Kathi O

    My family has made these cookies for 50 something years. I decided to try to do them this year with gluten free flour since I haven’t eaten them in four years. I also used coconut sugar instead of cane because I’m allergic to cane. I’m hoping you can help me figure out how to fix my mistake.
    My first attempt at these turned out wonderfully although the cookies were a bit more fragile then the ones made with regular flour and sugar. My second attempt I tried to double the recipe and got my numbers confused and ended up quadrupling the nuts and flour though I had only used enough butter, coconut sugar, and vanilla to do a double recipe.
    I thought an easy fix would be to remove the dough from the bowl, and cream the additional butter, sugar and vanilla ( our family recipe calls for doing this before adding the flour), then re-adding the dough.
    However, rather than going from the Play-Doh type texture I had with too much nuts and flour, to a normal batter texture, I ended up with a mousse like texture. The batter was actually fluffy, and very sticky.
    I tried making it this way, but even after the cookies were baked you couldn’t pick them up. They dissolved like a dry sand castle the second i touched them.
    I added a little more flour to a small amount of the batter, and achieved a better texture, but those cookies were still very fragile. Their surface texture felt like they weren’t cooked all the way even though they’ve been in the oven for longer than normal.
    Did I mention I was doing this at my mother’s house? Ultimately I packed up the batter and brought it home, hoping to experiment more with it here. I thought of trying to add some xanthan gum, or perhaps some ground flaxseed to help the cookies hold together better. But I’m not an expert baker, so I could really use some help here.
    I know it’s a long shot, hoping for an answer today, but I’m desperate! Grateful for any help you can provide!

    • Kathi O

      And oh my gosh, I just realized that you have posted a regular recipe. I have been Googling for help making these cookies with gluten free flours when I came across your site. I didn’t read it carefully enough to realize that you weren’t going with gluten free stuff here. So if you know nothing about baking with gluten free flours, I apologize for taking up so much space in your comment section!

      • Jenny

        No problem. I wish I could help but maybe someone else can or you might find something else on the web. Either way, I hope you have a good Christmas. 🙂

  66. Nancy

    I made them and they were delicious! However, they were flat! What is the key to keeping the balls round? I was thinking I needed to add more flour.

    • Jenny

      Flat cookies would likely be from either not chilling the dough long enough or the oven not being preheated long enough. It must be at 350 when the cookies go in. Also, it can be from placing the shaped balls on a warm cookie sheet (some people leave the sheet on the stove top while the oven heats up and that heats the pan). I hope this helps.

  67. Leslie

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter.

    • Jenny

      I use unsalted but you can use salted butter as well.

  68. Maggie

    Hi Jenny,
    Please don’t ever take this recipe off of your site, I love these cookies and toasting the pecans first makes a big difference in dry cookie versus’s moist cookie.

    Thank you for sharing!!!

  69. Maura

    How many days in advance can I make these cookies and they will still taste amazing?

  70. KJT

    Omg, I totally forgot to toast the pecans!

  71. Cheri

    So cute!

  72. Lola Robson

    Pecan balls are my favorite cookie.
    But too much sugar is not.
    When I make these I let them cool completely then put them in a baggie with a little powdered sugar and roll around gently.
    It’s less handling and They are already stored in a bag with plenty of sugar coating. Yum.

    • Jesse Lejarzar

      I use xylose sugar it’s 8 on the glycemic index and isn’t as sweet as sucrose (table sugar) it’s has a mild sweetness with no aftertaste , to make powdered sugar you just put a cup in the blender with maybe 2tsp corn starch . Xylose can be a healthier alternative to regular sugar but it’s hard to find and isn’t cheap but it’s cheaper than erythritol. Beksul is company which sells it and you can find it at Korean grocery stores for about $10.00 US for 2kg which is cheaper than the erythritol which is the same price for 12 oz to a 1lb. Don’t get xylitol a sugar alcohol .

  73. Gladys

    Followed recipe and only had 17 balls! I later realized yours were very big, so I went back and pinched off a piece from the ones I made to try and make 24 but still wound up with 17. Otherwise they were yummy and super easy to make. Love idea to use gloves! It’s a keeper, thanks

    • mry

      I just made these cookies and I think I know why you only got 17 cookies…. The dough is pretty tasty – maybe you licked the fingers, fork and bowl more than you thought.

  74. - Gayle

    Wow! These cookies will just melt in your mouth! They are so good, but very rich. Try to only have a few at a time, or else your tummy might complain. But easy peasy to make and like Jenny said, they look so pretty that people will think you took forever making them. Thank you for another wonderful, tasty recipe, Jenny!

  75. MaureenK

    These are amazing and so easy to make! I toasted the pecans as Jenny suggested and doing so really makes the cookies extra yummy. I used salted butter as that’s what I normally have in the fridge. A very tender cookie with great flavour. This is a keeper for sure!

  76. CJ

    These cookies looked great! But I guess my taste buds have changed since the last time (years ago) I tried them and loved them. Just tasted like flour, nuts, powdered sugar. Maybe flatten them and add more sugar. I’m a good baker/cook and Jenny’s recipes have all been great, so I was surprised not to like this one.

  77. Rothana

    Made this today and my kids love it! I tried one without powdered sugar and it taste just as good. I actually prefer it without it!

  78. Donna Sophia

    I’m waiting to put the second coat of powdered sugar on them…. As soon as I took them out of the oven, my husband grabbed one and said, “whoops”.

  79. CARLOTA

    can I use wallnuts in this recipe?

  80. Mary Beth

    Jenny love this recipe video ( and so many others). I was wondering if this cookie dough could be refrigerated overnight and baked the next day.
    Also is it possible to freeze this dough for like a month?
    Merry Christmas and a happy & healthy New Year!

  81. Donna Sophia

    Love these, thanks for the videos.

  82. linda s

    Hi Jenny, I’m a big fan, and have tried many of your recipes. Watching how things are done is so helpful. I have made the Christmas Pecan Balls several times, for my neighbor. He mentioned they were like something his mother used to make, but hers had the red and green fruit pieces in them, I am assuming he’s referring to the fruitcake pieces, such as Fruit and Peel, pieces, do you think I could add some of this to the cookie base? I searched (mechanically)through the comments, and could not find anything, So if I’m repeating, sorry. Again, thanks for your great recipes!
    linda skelly

  83. Linda

    Thanks for these cookies. I have tried others and didn’t have good luck. Made these today. My my my, they were excellent.

    L

  84. Ann Dobbins

    Thanks for this easy and yummy cookie recipe!!! I am making these for Christmas this year!!!!

  85. Maureen

    I just knew I could count on you to fill a last minute request. Thanks soooo mush

  86. Sally

    Hi Jenny I would love to macke these cookies for my grand baby’s could u help me out want to make gift bag’s for them by next week I thank u very much. Happy holidays to u and your family

    • Jenny

      A gift box would be better than a bag because these cookies should sit flat and not be bounced around in a bag. Besides that, how can I help you?

  87. Nikta

    Hi Jenny,
    I want to make these, I have whole pecans, do I toast them first and then ground them? Any tips on toasting is also appreciated!
    Thank you!

    • Jenny

      Toast them first. See the “How To” section of my blog on toasting nuts.

  88. P. LaVall

    I would like to know what is the best way to store these and can I freeze them.

  89. ROZ

    HI…..I REMEMBER JENNY WHEN SHE WAS A COMIC ….AND WHEN I SAW THE WEBSITE I THOUGHT I KNOW THIS PERSON. SO AWESOME….I LOVE TO COOK AND HAVE MADE THESE COOKIES AND SOME OTHERS FOR YEARS. I JUST LOVE THE WEBSITE AND VIDEOS……! I AM Italian AND WE ALWAYS MADE THE BOWTIE COOKIES IN ANOTHER VIDEO. IT WAS FUN TO WATCH JENNY MAKE THEM, THANKS…ROZ

  90. Safi

    I bake them at 200 c and they were so delicious and soft.my oven is not hot so it will take longer if i will bake them on 180 c and cookies will get hard…but love ur recipes and love u jenny.

  91. leli

    Jenny if I double the portion do I have to double the time too ?
    Thanks

    • Jenny

      No, the time would remain the same if you double the recipe.

      • leli

        Thanks , love your videos , and all your recipes , bless you

  92. Safi

    Hi jenny i love ur videos and i have a qiestion prob is my oven is not so hot i usually bake stuff at 200 c and so in mine oven how long it will take means the temprature will be same and time of bakinģ?or should i bake them little longer

    • Jenny

      I believe that 200 degrees C is 400 degrees F which is too hot for this recipe. Please clarify your question.

  93. Cora C

    Jenny, thank you very much for this recipe….You are right – friends are asking for this recipe. I have all directed them to your easy to navigate internet site as so they can try more of your easy to follow great/delicious recipes.

  94. Judy

    This was a very nice presentation. I enjoyed it and the ending was so cute. Thank you!

  95. Charmie

    This is the easiest recipe for these cookies that I have seen. I checked out a few others from great cooks/bakers, but this one, hands down, was the best. Making this one for an upcoming shower…. YUM!

  96. Florina

    I made them last week for our Orthodox Christmas, they were so yummy, everyone loved them. It will be a Christmas habit from now on.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  97. L. Wayne Gambee

    My wife’s family makes the same cookies but replaced the pecans with walnuts. They call them “Ouffs.” (Pronounced “oofs”)

  98. Rebecca

    OMGoodness! I made these for Christmas this year after stumbling upon your webpage. They were gifts for family and…well…me! I LOVE pecans and never have I ever tasted any nutty cookie so wonderful! I think I made mine too big as they fell apart when I made them the first two times but they were so delicious! Thank you for these great recipes! I also made your caramel popcorn for all the kids…the problem was the adults were eating the kids!

    • Rebecca

      P.S. They fell apart when rolling in sugar…not when baking.

      • Jenny

        Yes, they are fragile at that time. If you made them bigger, they probably didn’t cool down enough before rolling. Next time make them smaller and they should be cool enough not to fall apart. To be safe, you could wait about 5 minutes before rolling…. gently.

  99. Mavic

    I make this often. great and easy recipe.

    btw, where do you get coloured latex gloves? it looks so much fun! i just noticed that you waste too much of those. why not re-use during the entire episode? if taped in several days, just don’t show that you keep using new gloves for each baking steps.

    Cheers!

    • Jenny

      The gloves were a gift purchased online but if you buy them you will find them impossible to re-use because they are very thin and need to be peeled off and even then they almost always tear. It’s easier to leave them on and wash your hands with them on or just take another pair. If you use gloves regularly, I recommend the ones they sell at Costco, which are stronger and can be re-used.

  100. Alexia

    I have made these twice this week.
    They are delicious. Thank you so much.

  101. Jen

    So I made the cookies and they were scrumptious . However, you should put a warning up! DO NOT TRY ANY or u r going to have to make a second batch lol! Thank you for the recipe they were DELICIOUS!

  102. Maryam

    I made these delicious cookies last Christmas and everybody loved them.
    I’m going to make some tonight as well. Merry Christmas and happy New Year😀

  103. Carol

    Going to try your recipe right now! Thanks! And LOVED your video! The end had me cracking up! Carol

  104. Magda

    Thank you for your recipe. I tried one yesterday that didn’t end well #sad face, it included water and a cup of butter. It was disappointing to see all my first cookies goes flat and crumbled. I’ll do my cookies tonite with your recipe. Enjoy the holidays.

  105. valerie

    I’m wondering how many latex gloves you use and if this is “environmental” friendly??? or good for the “land-fill”…just for the inconvenience of dirting your hands???

    • Jenny

      I use less than doctors, nurses, dentists, and all others in the medical and food service community.

    • K

      Rudeness is a pollution all its own.

      Jenny these are delicious and have become a tradition in our family at Christmas. Thank you for the recipe 🙂 I made them with gluten free flour as well and they turned out just as yummy.

  106. Lisa

    I made these last week for the first time and again today. They are delicious, and super simple! I think toasting the pecans is what makes them even better.
    Thank you for sharing!

  107. Julie G

    Hi Jenny

    Love seeing again, big fan of your talk show. .. How make cookies does this recipe make?

  108. Maureen

    I could not print your recipe. I already suscribed.
    It’s something wrong?

    • Jenny

      I assume you are using a desktop computer. For some reason, in some browsers (like Google Chrome), the “print menu window” appears to load faster than the actual recipe page you’re trying to print. The workaround we’ve used is to close the print window and then either wait for the recipe page to load or refresh it, and then print via the Chrome browser menu – File > Print. I hope this helps.

  109. Chen

    Jenny,

    I just made the cookies today. They are so delicious! I was going to try one only and I could not stop eating them. Yummy! Yummy! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. Happy Holidays to you!

  110. Carol Dombrowski Krieg

    Any of your recipes I have tried turn out great!
    In your cookie recipes do you suggest unsalted or salted butter be used?
    Carol

  111. Jo

    Would it be alright to use honey roasted pecans? Or too sweet?

    • Jenny

      I agree, I think they would be too sweet but you never know. You can always check around for any snowball recipe that has used honey roasted pecans. But for my taste, this cookie is too delicate for honey roasted nuts.

  112. Patricia Frangos

    Oh Jenny,

    I L.O.V.E. your video…particularly the very last part!
    I’m making these for my annual cookie exchange this year.
    <3 Kisses and Hugs <3

    • Jenny

      You’re making a good choice. Everyone loves this cookie. Merry Christmas!

  113. Kayla

    How long can you store these?

    • Jenny

      I find they keep really well up to about five days.

    • Carey

      My family has made these for years around Thanksgiving time and then we freeze them until Christmas! They will need another coat of powder sugar after thawing though!

  114. ChristineM

    You know, with the price of eggs, this is such a winner this year. Not to mention a great gift that can give a few times over, there are a lot of these gems for sure!

  115. Britt Girl

    I made these cookies today and they turned out fabulous! My husband bought ground pecans by mistake for a recipe and I didn’t know what to do with them, so I made these pecan balls. Followed your recipe exactly and it all turned out perfect. The double dusting with icing sugar made a big difference in how they look. They really melt in your mouth! Will make these again as I have more ground pecans. Very yummy…..thank you for the recipe.

  116. Rosalind G

    Jenney, I love you and your show. I have followed a lot of you reciepes and they have all be great. Look forward to making and backing .

  117. Margaret Day

    This lady is so neat like her a lot she is great fun also. I am going to make these seem so easy.

  118. Heather

    I have the same question as Lynn. Can you freeze the dough or finished cookies? I bake a lot during the holidays, so anything made in advanced is a huge triumph for me!

  119. Lynn

    Hey Jenny, I was just wondering if this dough could be made ahead of time and frozen in balls so that you could just take a few out at a time in case of unexpected company or if you just wanted a fresh baked cookie, anytime.

    • Jenny

      I can’t find any source that says you can freeze the dough before baking but you can definitely freeze them after baking and after they are rolled in powdered sugar. Then once thawed, you would roll them again in powdered sugar.

      • Shari

        When you freeze, does it affect the texture of the dough?

        • Jenny

          You can freeze pecan balls and there is no difference in the texture at all.

      • deb

        Is this the same as Danish Wedding cookies?
        I will be trying them, sound delicious!

  120. Molly

    I love those cookies I am going to make some for me .thank you for the recipe

  121. Araceli

    Thank you Jenny I love them and my family love them

  122. Tina

    How far in advance can be made before using

    • Jenny

      I have made the dough a couple of days in advance so I think you could make it 3-4 days in advance. I’m afraid to suggest longer because I’m not sure if it will sustain for a week but it probably would last a week. But you will have to let it soften up a little at room temperature to be able to shape the cookies.

  123. Mim

    Your cookies are AMAZING!!!! After tasting the 1st one, I thought of your video… No one has to know how many I’ve had and also, if I baked them at all. Luckily I kept an eye on the pecans because my oven is slightly hotter than yours and I nearly burnt them. Apart from that, this will be a recipe I keep with me forever. Thanks Jenny.

  124. Caroline

    OMG, I use to have these every Christmas when I was a kid. We called them Russian Teaballs. They absolutely melt in your mouth.

  125. Deni Blackerby

    Jenny, I have just discovered your site and am totally thrilled with all of your recipes. I am now retired, so I have time to do some baking. Thanks so much.

  126. sophia

    Do you have to add nuts? Can you leave them out?

    • Jenny

      I have only made them with nuts so I’m not sure. I know you can make them with mini chocolate chips but I also don’t think they will have much flavor without nuts. The toasted pecans provide most of the flavor in these cookies. If you try making them without nuts, you may have to adjust the recipe to make a thick and heavy dough like in my video but it’s probably better to look for a different recipe without nuts. Once you start making changes in baking, there is always a risk they may not turn out well.

      • macey

        you know if you need to keep the nuts out try a short bread recipe then you can put chocolate on top smiles all around.

    • Kim A.

      I have been making Snowball cookies for many years and never used the nuts. My son has allergies so he can enjoy them too. They are delicious with or without! For this size recipe and without the nuts, we use 2 tbls sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla and a dash of salt. Delicious!

      Nice site Jenny! I would love to know if there would be anyway to sub the butter for olive oil?

      • Jenny

        There is no way to make these with oil. 🙁 That’s why I only make them once a year.

    • kidi

      hi sophia it will work with out nuts. i make this every year for chrismas with out almond but the recipe that i used have almond.

  127. Namagiri Sridhar

    This was delicious. Family loved it.Thanks Jenny.

  128. Namagiri Sridhar

    Jenny,

    Does it affect the food when latex come in contact with it?

    Why did not use electric mixer to make the dough?

    Thanks

    • Jenny

      I use latex free gloves but if you are concerned, you can easily mix with your bare hand. This dough is too thick for an electric mixer and mixers usually incorporate air into a mixture and this dough is better when it’s thick and dense and it’s also easier to shape.

  129. Lori N.

    Just making these for the first time. My house smells wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe Jenny!!! And it was easy!

  130. Carol Kelly

    Jenny, I made these they taste great.day after they are hard as rocks.where did I go wrong???HELP

    • Jenny

      When something goes wrong with baking, there is usually an explanation. I will try to help but I need a little more info. Can you please tell me:
      1) what kind of flour did you use? 2) did you use real butter? 3) how did you soften the butter? 4) what temperature was your oven? 5) how long did you bake them? 5) what color was your baking pan? 6) did you bake them until they browned? 7) what size were the final cookies – or- how many did one batch make? Please let me know and I will try to help. This recipe has never failed me and many others seem to be having success so with a bit more detail, I think we can figure this out.

  131. Jeanette

    i’v made these for 50 years and they are the first ones I think of when I start my Holiday baking. Everyone loves them. And I do bake them with no nuts and just round balls and than press them down. (Small) and than put a spoon of colored glaze in the center. Green and red.they are so good and everyone loves them that way too.

  132. Vikki

    Hi Jenny – feel like once I mix everything together the ball of dough is somewhat crumbly and i have a hard time keeping it all together. There seems to be a lot of dry mix left in the bowl that won’t stick. Any suggestions?

    • Jenny

      Sometimes even the slightest change in baking can cause problems. For me, the longer I mix and squeeze with my hand, the more firm the ball of dough becomes. Please let me know: 1) Are you using real butter? 2) How did you soften the butter? 3) Are you using all-purpose flour? [what brand?] 4) Granulated or powdered sugar? 5) Are you mixing by hand? Let me know so I can help more.

  133. Patti Kraska

    The recipe calls for 3 T sugar is that granulated sugar or confectioners sugar?

  134. Jamie B.

    I have a question…Is it one cup pecans before you chop them or is it 1 cup of chopped pecans?

  135. Maryann

    Hi Jenny,
    I’m making these snowball cookies now! They look so yummy!! Thanks for sharing this and so many other recipes. Love your videos. Merry Christmas!

  136. Monica

    Hi Jenny! I tried these with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips (a half cup instead of a whole cup) – and the peanut butter chips make a nice substitute! The extra oil from the peanut butter really holds them together well. The chocolate, not so much, but oh well – still chocolate 😉

    I love how easy these are for holiday gatherings at work!!

  137. stephanie

    Hi Jenny I made them and my family Loved them!
    I made some more doubled the recipe but used almonds and almond extract. It was Delish! I Love them both ways and plan on making them this Christmas!
    Thanks
    P.s I Love your kitchen 🙂

  138. Sally Miller

    Thank you for this recipe. This is like my mom’s which I lost. I do have one question. I would prefer to use walnuts. Do you toast them as well, for better flavor?

    • Jenny

      Yes, toasting the walnuts first will give these cookies a better flavor.

  139. Christine Toves

    Do I have to add a bit more flour for the absence of pecans?

    • Jenny

      I have never made them without nuts so I can’t say. You could try looking for a different recipe that does not use nuts.

  140. Lori

    Can this recipe be doubled or tripled?

  141. evita

    Can you make them gluten free?

    • Jenny

      I’m sorry, I have no experience with gluten-free baking.

    • Barb

      I haven’t tried these GF but have done lots of others and these look very GF compatible if you just sub an all purpose GF flour.

    • RJones

      I make these ONLY Gluten Free. I use BROWN RICE FLOWER or any gluten Free flower. I’m only gluten sensitive not celiac, so depending on your level of sensitivity to Gluten, you might want to see about finding all the ingredients in a Gluten Free format. For now, the Brown Rice Flower does the trick.

      Hello Jenny.
      I don’t know if you remember me but I performed on your show back in the late 90’s…you had a day with female comedians. It was such a pleasure working with you. I had a ball and made some life long friends in the process.
      This is one of my FAVORITE recipes. I am encouraged to make some of these cookies this year because your recipe is spot on the way I use to make them. I just forgot what I did, so thank you for publishing this.

  142. Wava Gail Isaac

    I really enjoy listening to you. You make everything look so easy. I was wondering if you have a recipe for orange cookies with orange icing. I had one but cannot put my hands on it. The cookies are very good. Thanks, Wava

  143. Mary

    Jenny,

    These were so delicious. I toasted the pecans AFTER chopping them. Do you toast them before or after chopping them? When I toasted them after chopping them some of the tiniest pecans burned. I toasted them for 10 minutes.

    • Jenny

      I toast & cool the pecans before chopping them for that reason – some smaller pieces can burn. And I toast them at 350 for about 10 minutes as well but I start checking them at 7 minutes. I’m glad you liked the cookies.

  144. cindy

    Hi Jenny, these cookies look delicious!! Do you use salted or unsalted butter? Thanks..

    • Jenny

      I usually use unsalted butter but since there is no salt in my recipe and since a lot of people add a pinch of salt to cookies, I think salted butter would work too.

  145. Debby

    I have been making these Cresent Cookies for the past 40years. I have never toasted my ground pecans. Maybe next Christmas I’ll give this a try. My grandmother told me they were always shaped like a Cresent moon. To fussy for me.

    • Kathleen

      We made them as crescents, too. I think my grandmother called them, Viennese Crescents which is how they appear in her -now, ancient- Fannie Farmer cookbook. But I always make them the way Jennie has, in her video. I knew a family, when I was growing up, who made these cookies, in their Christmas baking, put them away in tins, and ate them, the next Christmas. They were delicious, even the next year. They’d never last through the year, here, though.

  146. YTfancol

    I made these cookies. They are delicious :-).I look forward to more of your lovely videos. Happy Holidays !

  147. Karima

    Thank you jenny I would like to request that you give us substitutes for some ingredients like sour cream because I leave over seas and convert the masuring spoons to grams thank you so much for getting back to me happy holidays

  148. karima

    can i use Other nuts insted of pecan

    • Jenny

      You could also use toasted walnuts. I stress toasting the nuts first because it greatly enhances their flavor for any baking.

    • Carol

      Hi Karima:

      This is one of my favorite recipes! I make this EVERY year around the holidays….to serve to family and friends at home and church/office/any holiday parties (they are ALWAYS requested), and I always make extras to put in pretty tins and use as extra gifts for drop-in guests or others I may run into. They are ssssooo delicious and make wonderful gifts!

      I’ve made these using pecans, walnuts, or almonds….and they all are delicious!!!

      Besides the holidays (they are so festive, don’t they just look like little snow balls), they also are very elegant at weddings and can help make any holiday or dessert serving occasion extra-special!!!

  149. lynn

    I’ve just subscribed and I’m glad I did. This will be my first “official Jenny Jones” recipe!! Will let you know how it turns out!

  150. Kristen

    This is probably a crazy question, but what’s the best way to toast pecans? What temp in the oven and for how long?
    Thanks.

    • Jenny

      It’s not a crazy question at all. Just put them on an ungreased baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 7-8 minutes, turning them over once. Or just watch my video on How to Toast Nuts.

  151. Dasha Morgan

    So glad to see this. I love these cookies and lost my recipe. Your presentation was just right — can’t wait to try them again. Dasha

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