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Southern Pecan Snowballs

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These Southern Pecan Snowballs are the perfect holiday cookie, lightly sweetened, buttery with a hint of bourbon.

The trick to gorgeous cookies is to be sure to dredge each of the cookies in confectioners sugar while they’re still warm, then coat again once they’ve cooled to give them a beautiful thick and even powdery “snowball” finish.

Southern Pecan Snowballs
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Southern Pecan Snowballs

You’ll Need:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus additional for rolling
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups sifted All-Purpose Flour
1 cup very finely chopped pecans
About 3 tablespoons Bourbon, optional

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, and salt. Beating at low speed, mix until well combined, then add vanilla; increasing the speed and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add the flour in small batches, beating at low speed with each addition until combined. Beat in pecans.

Using a cookie dough scoop drop dough balls onto parchment paper on baking sheets. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or until ready to bake.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Working with one baking sheet at a time, bake until edges just begin to brown slightly, about 15 minutes.

Place 1-2 cups of confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl. While cookies are still warm, brush cookies with your favorite bourbon, then roll in confectioners’ sugar and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Once the cookies are completely cool, coat again with more confectioners’ sugar.

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2 thoughts on “Southern Pecan Snowballs”

  1. Southern Pecan Snowballs are a delicious scratch cookie that take very little effort. These sweets are coated in a pecan-y coating, made with just a few ingredients!

    I’ve found this recipe to be very versatile! For example, try substituting shortening for the butter and almond extract instead of vanilla to vary the flavor even more! Not feeling creative? Just sprinkle them with some colored sugar before they go in the oven for a no-fuss dessert that looks just as delicious as it tastes

    These are great for Christmas gifting or to make your guests feel warm and welcome in the winter season.

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  2. These look so good! I think it would be a great idea to add them in my Christmas baking this year. It seems like they are really easy to make and the ingredients seem pretty simple. The recipe sounds delicious too, with butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and pecans. Yum!

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