Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

When we lived in Kentucky, one of our neighbors brought these tasty, light cookies to a cookie exchange. These are different from the usual snowballs in that there is no sugar in the cookie dough (although the cookies do get coated in powdered sugar after baking). These cookies were one of the big hits of the exchange. Prep time includes 15 minues for mixing up the dough and forming into balls, then another 15 minutes for rolling in the powdered sugar. However, there is also cooling time between the first and second rolling, so allow some extra time for that.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream butter until smooth and creamy, using an electric mixer.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir in cake flour,vanilla, egg,& salt until mixed well (using an electric at this point could make the dough too tough).
  4. Stir in the ground nuts.
  5. Shape into 30 small balls and bake on parchment lined baking sheets at 350 F for 10 minutes (they will appear to be sitting in puddles of melted butter as they bake - this is normal), then rotate your trays in the oven and continue baking another 5-10 minutes, or until they just start to turn golden.
  6. Roll in powdered sugar while hot.
  7. Let cool.
  8. When cool, roll again in more powdered sugar to coat.
  9. Store in wax paper lined cookie tins.


Most Helpful

My mother used to make these cookies. She called them pecan puffs. After she passed away, I could never find the recipe. I made them exactly as the recipe is written. They're wonderful. You could get addicted to them. LOL Thanks, HeatherFeather for posting them.

Julie in TX September 29, 2004

Wonderful little cookie. They pack more flavor than they look and satisfy a cookie craving without being sweet. 2 1/2 yo DS 'helped' me make these and we had a grand time. I got 27 cookies. I was already to go when I realized that I didn't have ground pecans. The closest I had were pecan chips so I beat them a few times and used those. They still had great flavor (and a little crunch). I wasn't sure where to add the vanilla so I added it with the flour, egg and salt. Thanks Heather and Sandy, wherever you are!

Ducky January 26, 2004

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