Snowball Cookies From Duff Goldman

November 27, 2020
10 Ratings
Author Notes

"Soooooo, one year, I was dating my girlfriend (soon to be wife), Johnna, and she took me to her family’s yearly Christmas party. One of the traditions they have is a baked goods swap where everyone brings their favorite dish. I knew I had to make something good ‘cause everyone knew I was on TV. So I made some snowball cookies with pecans, and I crossed my fingers and hoped they were gonna be good. Because if they weren’t, people would think I was a fraud.

And, lo and behold, they were delicious! Everyone loved them and now I have to bake them every year. I always make sure to bake extra, because I eat a few dozen before they’re even out the door.

To send these to loved ones, pack them wrapped in tissue paper and bubble wrap." —Duff Goldman


Test Kitchen Notes

These cookies are part of Recipes to Give & Share, a collection of perfectly packable holiday treats that we're sending to our loved ones this year. —The Editors

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 20 minutes
  • makes 100 cookies
  • 5 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) powdered sugar, plus more for rolling cookies
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups (20 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) toasted pecans, chopped
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line two half-sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the flour in a few additions and mix until completely combined.
  4. Add the pecans and mix until combined.
  5. Using a small ice cream scoop, portion rounds onto your prepared sheet pan, 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes, until the cookies are firm and smell nutty and toasty. Meanwhile, place additional powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  7. Once out of the oven, let cookies cool for exactly 4 minutes, then toss in powdered sugar.
  8. Repeat the process with the remainder of your cookie dough until you've run out.

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