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Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and flour. Place into a 1 quart canning jar. Put the chopped pecans on top. Close the lid and attach a tag with the following instructions:

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  • Snow Balls, Makes 4 dozen. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of shortening and 1/4 cup of margarine. Stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar, and mix well. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool, and roll in confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

79 calories; protein 1.5g 3% DV; carbohydrates 11.1g 4% DV; fat 3.4g 5% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 0.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2003
The "snowballs" are delicious! Very easy to package and make! I added white chocolate chips and coconut and put them in snowflake covered bags calling them "snowballs in a bag"...they were a big hit to all who recieved them and then again when they were baked and eaten! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/11/2003
Did this for a church bake & craft sale. Decorated the jar put it on a tray and surrounded it with baked cookies. The cookies were sort of dry and bland with all of the shortening so for the second batch I used 1/2 cup of butter 1/4 cup shortening and 1/4 cup margarine. I also added 1/4 tsp. of salt. Tips: 1) The powered sugar sticks better if you let cookies cool slightly then roll; let them completely cool and roll again. Can also add sugar sprinkles to the powered sugar for some color. 2) Mix did not completely fill the quart jar so I put some powered sugar with colored sprinkles in a baggie tied it with a ribbon and set it on top of mix. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2003
The "snowballs" are delicious! Very easy to package and make! I added white chocolate chips and coconut and put them in snowflake covered bags calling them "snowballs in a bag"...they were a big hit to all who recieved them and then again when they were baked and eaten! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/10/2003
Did this for a church bake & craft sale. Decorated the jar put it on a tray and surrounded it with baked cookies. The cookies were sort of dry and bland with all of the shortening so for the second batch I used 1/2 cup of butter 1/4 cup shortening and 1/4 cup margarine. I also added 1/4 tsp. of salt. Tips: 1) The powered sugar sticks better if you let cookies cool slightly then roll; let them completely cool and roll again. Can also add sugar sprinkles to the powered sugar for some color. 2) Mix did not completely fill the quart jar so I put some powered sugar with colored sprinkles in a baggie tied it with a ribbon and set it on top of mix. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/20/2006
I couldn't stand the thought of using all that shortening(yuck)so I used butter and it was much like my shortbread recipe. They do need to be rolled in sugar while slightly warm sugar sticks better. overall very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2003
I made four gift jars with this recipe and I made a batch for my house too. They're good cookies and they're especially appropriate for this time of year. I tried adding coconut and white chocolate chips. I liked the chips but the coconut didn't add much to the cookie. I put just a little less than a cup of pecans in the jars and topped them with white chips. I used quart-sized jars for this and can't wait to send snowballs in a jar to my friends who live in warmer climates. Note: Once mixed the ingredients form a crumble rather than a dough and I made the balls bigger than 1" and got about 2 dozen cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2004
Very good - I always make these and teh saltine toffee cookies found on this site. They are awsome one tip though when you roll the cookies first sprinle in water then roll - much more sugar and better taste.Delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2007
Wow! These cookies are absolutely delicious I've only had two so far but they are great! Right up there in my top 3 cookie recipes and that's saying a lot. I really like cookies that have a rather shortbread like texture like these and the flavor is perfect. I used half butter and half shortening because that's what I had and I decided to make 2 types of snowballs by splitting the dough in half. In one half I put the teaspoon of vanilla and half a cup chocolate chips (we don't like nuts). In the other I put a teaspoon of peppermint extract and half a cup of white chips. I got exactly 24 cookies and rolled them in powdered sugar while still warm. Just great thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2005
I decided to follow one rater's suggestion of snowballs in a bag and thought it would be good to make and try them before giving away the jar version. They taste great - a lot like shortbread but much easier to make. My dough was crumbly but they formed into balls easily. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2003
I have wanted a recipe like this for years. It was great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2002
I just rolled these in balls and flattened with a fork. I sprinkled with sugar and baked at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes. Pretty good! Read More
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