Snowball Russian Teacake Cookies

The BEST Powdered Sugar SNOWBALL Cookies!  This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe! These Russian Tea Cake Cookies are so easy to make! They're made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking! I make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays - everyone always love them! 


  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • confectioners powdered sugar to roll cookies in


  1. Mix butter, sugar and vanilla together in bowl.
  2. Mix flour and salt together in other bowl.
  3. Combine flour mixture with butter mixture, stir so blended together nicely.
  4. Add pecans and stir so they are equally distributed.
  5. Chill dough for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Roll dough in 1 inch balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set but not browned.
  9. While still warm, roll each cookie in powdered sugar.
  10. Let cool, store in airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Makes 18 Snowball Cookies.