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Pecan Snowball Cookies

  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 2 hours 18 minutes
  • Yield: 26 cookies 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These buttery, nutty pecan snowball cookies are a classic family recipe made vegan and gluten free! They're soft, pillowy, rich, easy to make (just 5 ingredients) and so festive. 


  • 1 1/4 cups vegan butter* (let sit at room temp for 15 minutes)
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted + more for coating
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp ice cold water
  • 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour*, sifted (or regular AP flour)
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using an electric hand mixer), cream butter until light and fluffy (about 1 minute). Add sifted powdered sugar and continue mixing until incorporated. 
  2. Add vanilla extract and cold water and mix until combined. 
  3. Slowly add in sifted flour in a few batches until fully incorporated, then add chopped pecans. 
  4. Cover bowl with a tea towel and refrigerate dough for 2 hours. 
  5. Preheat oven to 325˚F. 
  6. Using a 1 tbsp cookie scoop, roll dough into evenly-sized balls. (They should be bite-sized and even – use your hands to roll into a smooth circle shape.)
  7. Place cookies on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. These cookies won't spread much, so you can put them pretty close together. Bake for 16-18 minutes in the middle rack of your oven. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. 
  8. Add about 2/3 cup powdered sugar to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Carefully transfer each cookie to the powdered sugar and roll until coated. (Note: the cookies are fragile, so if you'd prefer, you can sift powdered sugar over each cookie instead of rolling them in sugar)


Storage: These cookies will store nicely at room temperature (in an airtight container) for up to 5 days before they start to go stale.

Freezer storage: These cookies freeze best without the powdered sugar coating. Freeze the cooled cookies for up to 3 months, then let thaw to room temperature before coating in powdered sugar.

*Vegan butter recommendations: Earth Balance (soy free), Melt Organic, Country Crock Plant Butter

Gluten free flour recommendation: Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour

  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 174
  • Sugar: 3.4 g
  • Sodium: 53.3 mg
  • Fat: 14.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: vegan snowball cookies