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Grandma Minecci's Snowball Cookies

Rated as 4.4 out of 5 Stars

"This is my brother-in-law's favorite recipe passed down from grandmother to daughter in my wife's family for years."
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1 h 10 m servings 234
Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 dozen cookies)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Per Serving: 234 calories; 14.4 23.2 2.9 31 144 Full nutrition

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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.

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 ho...

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 ...

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...

Made as directed with pecans. Bland tasting. Would recommend using almond extract vs. vanilla. Recipe made 48 cookies. Similar recipe using cream cheese better.