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texan snowballs

Are you tired of making the same Christmas cookies every year and want to try something new?  I haven’t met anyone who has ever tried these before.  My mom calls them “Russian Teacakes” but I have renamed them to Texan Snowballs because they are loaded with finely chopped pecans, and I never heard of pecans coming from Russia, have you?

I also love the irony of snowballs in Texas.  I did see snow once or twice during the 18 years I lived there, but never at Christmas time.  As a child, I was always afraid Santa wouldn’t bring me any presents because he couldn’t land his sleigh without the snow (but somehow he came through every year!)

Texan Snowballs

Pecans vs. Walnuts

I can rarely buy pecans in Germany, so I buy in bulk when I can get my hands on them.  I always prefer them over walnuts.  When compared to walnuts, pecans are less oily and bitter.  When baked, pecans have a wonderfully warm, roasted flavor that a walnut just can’t beat.  They have a well-rounded aroma that perfectly complements butter and vanilla.

Texan Snowballs are not too sweet and the butter makes them quite filling, making it impossible to eat too many of them – even if you wanted to.  They are simple to make; so if you’re making lots of different cookies on the same day, this recipe is right up your alley.  The prep time can be minimized even more if you use a food processor.


Texan Snowballs
Recipe Type: Christmas Cookies
Cuisine: Dessert
Author: Mother’s Little Helpers
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Serves: 2 dozen
  • 1 Cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup powdered suger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-1/4 Cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 Cups finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Mix thoroughly: butter, sugar and vanilla
  3. Work in: flour, salt and nuts until dough holds together
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls
  5. Place the balls on an ungreased cookies sheet
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown.
  7. While warm: roll in powdered sugar
  8. Cool completely
  9. Roll in powdered sugar again