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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 197kcal
Author Julie Blanner


  • 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


  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • 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.


  • 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.


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