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Easy Holiday Walnut Pecan Snowballs

Pecan Snowballs

BUTTERY, SNOWBALLS FILLED WITH PECANS AND WALNUTS THEN ROLLED IN ICING SUGAR

These Holiday Walnut Pecan Snowballs are buttery and will melt in your mouth with a bit of crunch from the walnuts and pecans.

Although snowballs with no nuts is an option especially if you have an allergy or just don’t care for nuts.

Just leave the nuts out of the recipe.

These Walnut Pecan Ball Cookies with powdered sugar are made all over the world and many different ways.

I pop one of these snowballs in my mouth and instantly you hear, Mmmm, Mmmm.

I’m like an 8-month-old child trying cookies for the first time.

Baking For Christmas

It’s now December and with the festive season upon so is baking Christmas Cookies and this Holiday Walnut Pecan Snowballs recipe is an easy Christmas cookie recipe.

This snowball cookies recipe is no-fail and really no effort at all to make.

A sweet bonus to making snowballs is that you can make them months in advance so you don’t have to rush bake near the holidays.

They are actually very budget-friendly and the kids can help to make them as well.

If you remember from reading the previous Grocery Game Challenge- Ho, Ho, Ho Holiday Treats, I gave you a full rundown of what I was going to make each week in December for the upcoming festivities.

The goal is to finish them all and it’s a lofty goal for us but we will try.

Traditional Holiday Snowballs Recipe

walnut snowballs

Mrs.CBB has been making these recipes compliments of her grandmother for many years as holiday baking is a tradition in her family.

Now we both make all of her family’s traditional Christmas treats together like Santa and Mrs. Clause.

However, I’m far from having a white beard, large tummy, elves to do my dirty work and reindeer to whisk me away.

Using Pecans and Walnuts For Snowballs

We’ve made a few changes to the recipes over the years but for the most part, they are the same.

Today what I did with this recipe and Mrs.CBB agreed was to mix the walnuts and pecans.

Previous years we would just add walnuts and that’s perfectly fine.

You must make sure that the nuts aren’t big chunks so even a blitz in the food processor works.

We put ours in a plastic bag and use a meat mallet to bash them until they are small.

What happens when the nuts are big is that they protrude out of the snowball and it cracks in half.

I do caution with these cookies that you watch them like a hawk.

You must check them after 5 mins to see what the bottom looks like.

If the bottom is brown (see pic below) they are done.

Don’t worry if the tops are still white, get them out of the oven and into some icing sugar for the first dusting.

Brown under Holiday Snowballs means they are done.
Brown under Holiday Snowballs means they are done.

Once you pull them out they will still be hot, wait about 2 minutes and then gently roll them into a tray of confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar).

Some of the icing sugar will melt around the snowballs at this point and that is normal.

Set the snowballs on a baking tray lined with parchment paper to cool and then repeat the process.

The second coating of icing sugar will turn these balls into something magical and perfect for any gathering.

How To Store Holiday Snowballs For Christmas

We store our snowballs in the freezer for up to 3 months, sometimes longer if they don’t all get eaten up as we make lots.

Take them out and let them come to room temperature before serving.

These Holiday Walnut Snowballs are buttery with a nutty texture and melt in your mouth.

How To Make Holiday Walnut Pecan Snowballs

Mr.CBB's Holiday Snowballs In Wrappers on A Tray
Mr.CBB’s Holiday Snowballs In Wrappers on A Tray

Ingredients For Holiday Snowballs

Recipe- Yield about 72 Holiday Walnut Pecan Snowballs or 6 Dozen (this recipe can be halved)

The printable version of this recipe is at the bottom of the page.

Tools:

  • Stand Mixer or Bowl (manual)
  • 3 Baking Sheets
  • Container for icing sugar to roll balls
  • knife to cut the butter
  • parchment paper to line trays

Prep Time: 

  • 10-15  minutes prep
  • 5-8 minutes to cook in a 350-degree oven
Holiday Snowballs Ingredients
Holiday Snowballs Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups of unbleached flour
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla
  • 1.5 cups crushed walnuts
  • 1.5 cups of crushed pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt (not in the picture above)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups of icing or confectioners sugar for rolling

Step-by-Step Instructions To Make Holiday Snowballs

Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • In your mixer put in your butter which you cut into cubes
  • Mix the butter with the sugar until fluffy
  • Add in the vanilla, salt, and mix to incorporate 1 minute
  • Add in the flour bit by bit while mixing
  • Add in the nuts and mix to incorporate it all. It will come away from the bowl or look like the picture below.
  • You can do all the above in a bowl by hand if you don’t have a mixer.
Mr.CBB's Holiday Snowballs Final Mix
Mr.CBB’s Holiday Snowballs Final Mix
  • Line your baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Roll the balls into small to medium balls, bit bigger than bite size and place on the baking sheet. These cookies hardly rise at all so you can place them closer together, just not touching.  I put about 5 to a line.
  • Place them in the oven to bake 5-10 minutes and at 5 minutes check to see if the bottoms are brown like the picture above. If so pull them out, let stand 1 minute then roll in the icing for the first roll. They will still be hot and that’s ok just be gentle with them so they don’t break.
First Roll Holiday Snowballs in Icing Sugar while still hot
First Roll Holiday Snowballs in Icing Sugar while still hot
  • After about one hour when they cool down completely give them their second and final roll in the icing sugar and they are ready to enjoy!!
  • It’s that easy!!!!

Holiday Snowballs Printable Recipe

Easy Holiday Walnut Pecan Snowballs
 
Author: 
Recipe type: Christmas Cookies
These easy to make buttery, walnut pecan snowballs can also be made with pecans or both and then rolled in confectioners suger (icing sugar). This recipe uses both walnuts and pecans.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb of unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups of unbleached flour
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla
  • 1.5 cups crushed walnuts
  • 1.5 cups of crushed pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt (not in the picture above)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups of icing or confectioners’ sugar for rolling
Instructions
  1. Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In your mixer put in your butter which you cut into cubes
  3. Mix the butter with the sugar until fluffy
  4. Add in the vanilla, salt and mix to incorporate 1 minute
  5. Add in the flour bit by bit while mixing
  6. Add in the nuts and mix to incorporate it all. It will come away from the bowl or look like the picture below.
  7. You can do all the above in a bowl by hand if you don't have a mixer.
  8. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper
  9. Roll the balls into small to medium balls, bit bigger than bite size and place on the baking sheet. These cookies hardly rise at all so you can place them closer together, just not touching. I put about 5 to a line.
  10. Place them in the oven to bake 5-10 minutes and at 5 minutes check to see if the bottoms are brown like the picture above.
  11. If so pull them out, let stand 1 minute then roll in the icing for the first roll.
  12. They will still be hot and that's ok just be gentle with them so they don't break.
  13. After about one hour when they cool down completely give them their second and final roll in the icing sugar and they are ready to enjoy!!

 

If you find that the recipe is too much you can easily half the recipe.

So, if you are looking for a recipe for walnut or pecan Holiday Snowballs this is the one, try it out!

Coming up Next Sunday…Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Discussion: What is your favourite Holiday Treat? Leave me your comments below and I’ll be sure to respond.

Mr.CBB

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38 Comments

  1. Thanks for linking my Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies to your post. I appreciate it. I love this recipe you’ve posted too. I have lots of versions of it handed down from family!

    1. You’re Welcome Teresa! Yes it’s a simple recipe but elegant that anyone could make. Cheers and Happy Holidays and feel free to link up to one of my recipes and hook up with me on Facebook and Twitter don’t be shy come say hi and tell my fans about your site! Mr.CBB

  2. Have you tried other nut meats? For someone who cannot eat or does not care for walnuts, I think almonds would also be delicious?

    1. There is no harm in trying but for me I wouldn’t as I don’t think they will breakdown as well as the walnut or pecan. If you do try them with almonds let me know what you think. What about pecans? I mixed them in as well.

  3. Have you found other nuts work just as well? My husband does not like walknuts, but I think almonds would work just as well?

  4. Oh, those look so good! We’ve been too busy to really focus on new recipes lately, but I’d love to give this a try! Maybe after the holidays we’ll get more into unhealthy recipes, but for now we’ve been trying to cut down on the sweets.

    1. These are mainly to give away to our mates for Christmas along with a jar of apple jam we made in the summer time. It’s a personal type gift that they look forward to every year rather than a crappy box of chocolates.

    1. We eat healthy all week and splurge on the weekend. We try to switch it up so we are trying new recipes out in the kitchen so we don’t get bored with eating. Lifes too short to eat the same thing each week. We are very active as well. Cheers Mr.CBB…. and I didn’t mean just in the bedroom lol.

  5. Mmmm…My Aunt makes something similar every year around Christmas time. This is one of my favorite parts of the holidays, all the amazing food!

  6. Oh they look like Tim Hortons timbits…but better!!! They would not survive very long given my sweet tooth.

      1. I am on it mate,tell you wife she is AMAZING. Cooked them tonight AWESOME. Now will I get to sleep, 8 cookies down, I’m finish, NOT!!! ;-D
        The warm milk will help sleep to come, if not I will go Down HAPPY, Good Nite.

  7. These look awesome!!!!! I wonder how long they would last around here??? I have to hide the baking here just so it lasts until Christmas!!!! I usually put the baking in metal cookie tins then into the freezer. If a certain some one here wants to snitch he risks frost bite…..I’ll be making the fruitcake this week I hope. After that the big fave here is pineapple squares, my sister-in-law’s hubby just loves those!!!

  8. Whoops!!……Someone forgot to mention the amount of flour needed for these yummy looking treats. They just may end up mush balls without the correct amount of flour……..

    1. Hi Susan,
      I’m not sure why you are not seeing the flour as it is there 4 cups of unbleached flour. You posted this at 6:01pm and my post was posted hours ago. I did forget the flour but it was added not even 5 minutes later and has been there ever since. Have a look again, you made me look a third time and it still says 4 cups of unbleached flour. Hope that helps. Mr.CBB

      Ingredients:

      1 lb of unsalted butter softened
      4 cups of unbleached flour
      2 tablespoons pure vanilla
      1.5 cups crushed walnuts
      1.5 cups of crushed pecans
      1/4 teaspoon of salt (not in picture above)
      1/2 cup granulated sugar
      4 cups of icing or confectioners sugar for rolling
      Preparation: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

  9. This is such a help. At the last minute, I’ve decided to host our office Christmas party, so dinner and dessert for about 15 people. These look easy and delicious. Can’t wait to see next week’s recipe.

    1. It’s super easy to make these.. really and budget friendly!! The nuts are the costliest item but you don’t need much. Mail them, hmmm.. don’t think there will be any left by the time I’m done with them lol.. Cheers mate. Mr.CBB

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