Chocolate Chip Pecan Snowball Cookies

LAST UPDATED: Dec 03, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Dec 03, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

A fresh spin on the timeless Snowball Cookies, these Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are a pecan lover’s dream come true! Incredibly tender and flavorful, these buttery shortbread pecan meltaways are perfect for the holidays.

A white plate on a white surface featuring snowball cookies dusted in powdered sugar.

A Fresh Classic Pecan Snowball Recipe

I do love a pretty Christmas cookie! Especially when it’s such a classic recipe where I can add my own fresh spin. As you know, I might be a little bit of a holiday cookie expert.

I’m proud that I have over 50 Christmas cookie recipes that I’ve shared over the years, and I’ve meticulously taste tested each and every one! My favorite might be these melt-in-your-mouth peppermint cookies, or the nostalgic meringue nighty night cookies.

Today I’m joining a giant cookie exchange and you can share your favorite recipe, too! Simply use #BestChristmasCookieRecipes on Instagram!

A white plate on a white surface featuring snowball cookies dusted in powdered sugar.

We’ve all had a classic snowball cookie, right? They are a deliciously decadent, buttery shortbread cookie rolled in powdered sugar for a snowy effect. 

I’ve made these cookies since childhood! I love how pretty they look on a Christmas cookie platter – they give a nice variation in texture, color and shape. These chocolate chip pecan snowball cookies are so much fun to make and equally beautiful to serve to friends and family! 

Let’s get started, shall we? 

A white plate on a white surface featuring snowball cookies dusted in powdered sugar.

Ingredients in these Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

You’ll need the following pantry ingredients to make these cookies…and also, butter. Lots and lots of butter. Don’t be scared – I promise these snowball cookies are worth it

  • Butter -I like to use salted butter in my recipes simply because that’s what I always have on hand. Salt brings out all the other flavors in a recipe. You can use whatever type of butter you have, BUT if you’re using salted butter, simply omit the additional salt listed below. 

A small white plate with a group of three pecan snowball cookies.

  • Powdered Sugar – I use powdered sugar both in the cookie itself and for rolling/dusting afterwards.
  • Vanilla Extract – make sure to use a good quality vanilla here as the flavor will really shine alongside the butter. Did you know you can make your own vanilla? I’ve got the easiest step by step homemade vanilla recipe right here.
  • Salt – Use traditional salt here. As I mentioned above, if you are using salted butter for this recipe, you won’t need or want any additional salt here, so skip this ingredient if that’s the case! 

A white plate on a white surface featuring snowball cookies dusted in powdered sugar.

  • All-Purpose Flour – bleached or unbleached, totally your call, but bleached might give you more of the “snowy” effect you’re after here! You can use whatever you have on hand. 
  • Miniature Chocolate Chips – miniature is important, and we love semi-sweet chocolate chips here. Feel free to experiment with a different type of chocolate chip if you’d like! 
  • Pecans – you can buy whole pecans and chop them yourself, or buy the finely chopped pecan bags from your grocery store. I’ll go into more detail about the pecans later in the notes! 

Close up shot of chocolate chip pecan cookies.

How to Make These Butter Pecan Meltaways

Why do I refer to them as meltaways? Because they really, truly do melt in your mouth. It’s the combination of the super fine powdered sugar and the loads of butter…these are a decadent, delicious cookie! 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl until creamy.
  3. Gradually beat in flour, salt, chocolate chips and nuts. A small white plate with a group of three pecan snowball cookies.
  4. Shape level tablespoons of dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes.
  7. Roll in powdered sugar for a pretty coating or dust.

A small white plate with a group of three pecan snowball cookies.

Tips To Make Chocolate Chip Pecan Snowball Cookies

These cookies are easy to make, but the process is simplified and improved with just a few easy steps. 

  • The easiest way to create a uniform cookie when you’re making these snowballs is to use a cookie scoop
  • Use superfine pecans so they melt in your mouth! (That’s why I think of these as pecan meltaways!) You can buy chopped pecans or simply use your food processor to create a finer chop. This is my favorite mini food processor for tasks just like this.
  • These cookies can easily get too brown on the bottomv- watch your bake time and do not bake for over 12 minutes. My oven required exactly 10 minutes but everyone’s oven will be different! 
  • For an extra gorgeous snowy effect, I like to first roll the finished cookies into powdered sugar to cover, and then use a flour sifter to sprinkle more powdered sugar loosely across the top! Such a beautiful presentation trick.

A small white plate with a group of three pecan snowball cookies.

A white plate with three pecan meltaways.

More of the Best Holiday Ideas

I’m full of fun ideas to make your holidays sparkle with creativity and delicious flavors! Check out these recipes and decorating round-ups that are sure to be the hit of your Christmas celebrations.

I hope you’ll give these incredible butter pecan meltaways a try! Be sure to add them to your list if you have an upcoming holiday party or cookie exchange, I know they’ll be a hit. 

Close up shot of chocolate chip pecan cookies.

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A white plate on a white surface featuring snowball cookies dusted in powdered sugar.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Snowball Cookies

This is a classic snowball cookie with a twist! The addition of chocolate chips creates a textural, sweet cookie you're going to adore!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 197kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (omit salt if using salted butter)
  • 3 cups flour all purpose
  • 1 cup chocolate chips semi-sweet, miniature
  • 1/2 cup pecans finely chopped

Topping

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Beat butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl until creamy.
  • Gradually beat in flour, salt, chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Shape level tablespoons of dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes.
  • Roll in powdered sugar for a pretty coating.

Notes

  • The easiest way to create a uniform cookie when you're making these snowballs is to use a cookie scoop. 
  • I like my pecans to be superfine so they melt in your mouth! You can buy chopped pecans or simply use your food processor to create a finer chop. 
  • These cookies can easily get too brown on the bottom - watch your bake time and do not bake for over 12 minutes. My oven required exactly 10 minutes but everyone's oven will be different! 
  • For an extra gorgeous snowy effect, I like to first roll the finished cookies into powdered sugar to cover, and then use a flour sifter to sprinkle more powdered sugar loosely across the top! Such a beautiful presentation trick.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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