This is my brother-in-law's favorite recipe passed down from grandmother to daughter in my wife's family for years.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen cookies
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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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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Beat shortening, butter, and white sugar together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; add eggs and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Sift flour and salt into creamed butter mixture and stir just until dough is combined; fold in pecans. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Cool cookies slightly and roll in confectioners' sugar. Cool cookies completely and roll again in confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Note:

You may substitute shortening for the butter.

Nutrition Facts

234 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 23.2g 8% DV; fat 14.4g 22% DV; cholesterol 30.8mg 10% DV; sodium 144.1mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2014
This recipe makes excellent snowball cookies exactly as written. Loved by all who tried them and sure to become a regular in our Christmas cookie rotation. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2016
Made as directed with pecans. Bland tasting. Would recommend using almond extract vs. vanilla. Recipe made 48 cookies. Similar recipe using cream cheese better. Read More
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2014
This recipe makes excellent snowball cookies exactly as written. Loved by all who tried them and sure to become a regular in our Christmas cookie rotation. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2014
While this recipe produced very nice not too sweet cookies something is not right with the directions. I halved the recipe and got about 32 1" cookies (used a cookie scoop). I have no idea how you can only get two dozen 1" cookies using the entire recipe. I also baked the cookies for much less time than stated about 10-12 minutes in a 350 degree F oven 20 minutes they would have been burned. I realize all ovens cook a little different but I can't help but wonder if the recipe got messed up when Allrecipes posted it. Otherwise this is a great recipe for a great cookie. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2016
Made as directed with pecans. Bland tasting. Would recommend using almond extract vs. vanilla. Recipe made 48 cookies. Similar recipe using cream cheese better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2018
These were a huge hit! I was scrolling through cookie recipes just getting my Christmas ideas and came across these delectable delights. My only problem was I had no vanilla! Panic ensued me as I really wanted these at that moment. So I got in my cupboard and saw that I had Almond Extract. Oh! Y-U-M-me! I threw in some pecans and made these. I needed more sugar though and about an extra half tsp. of the Almond Extract. I baked them for about 15-18 minutes. This recipe made over 40 snowballs. I can't wait to try these with Vanilla! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2020
On my family these are known as Pecan Puffs and are a traditional Christmas cookie. I make them every year. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2020
These are yummy and also easy to make. I will be making these often, and also for a Christmas cookie exchange. Does anyone know why lately on here whenever there's a recipe with eggs, it repeats eggs a couple of times. Just wondering, it's not important to this recipe. It is a stand alone goodie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2019
This recipe was delicious! Instead of shortening I used peanut oil and instead of white sugar I used confectioner's sugar. They turned out great! I will be making these again for the holidays! Pianogirl5 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2019
Very good works well at high altitude also. Thank you Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2017
Melt in your mouth recipe. I only reduced the sugar to half cup and used 1 cup of pecans for my taste. Oven temp and time was perfect for me. I tried this recipe in place of a passed down recipe I was not quit happy with. Will use this one going forward. Thanks for sharing! Read More