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Pecan Shortbread Snowballs

Pecan Snowball Cookies on a plate

Pecan Shortbread Snowballs

Makes: 2 dozen    Prep Time: 20 min     Bake Time: 20 min

These pecan cookies are delightfully rolled in powdered sugar or decorated with a whole pecan. Sometimes called Mexican Wedding Cookies, or Pecan Sandies, they are a classic not-sweet cookie full of pecan crunch. 

Check out Cynthia making these cookies with the team at WFSB CT. 



2    cups flour

½   tsp salt

2    sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (8 oz)

  cup powdered sugar + extra for decoration

1    tsp vanilla

2    tsp water

  cup chopped pecans



Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Whisk flour and salt together, set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together until well mixed. Add vanilla and water, mix until combined. Add flour mixture- combine well.

Add pecans, mix until the dough comes together. Keep mixing until dough is smooth and not crumbly.

Use a 1” cookie scoop to create level scoops (scrape excess on sides of bowl), or roll dough into 1” balls. Scoops will create a rougher texture that shows off the pecans, rolled cookies will have a smoother top.

Bake for 20 minutes or until bottom edges are slightly golden.

While still warm, roll each cookie in powdered sugar. Once all cookies have been rolled, start from the beginning, building up the sugar coating with each repetition until each cookie has been rolled 2-3 times and the desired level of coating is achieved. Let cool.

As an alternative, decorate with a half pecan pressed into the top of the cookie before baking.


Love shortbread? We have six flavors available alone or in assortments. 

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