These Maple Pecan Snowball Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious! They’re round cookies dipped in confectioners’ sugar that look just like little snowballs, hence the name, and they’re always a hit for the holidays!
Christmas is for snowball cookies! Have you guys ever tried them? If not, you’re in for a treat. I’ve been making them for years and we just love that melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
The recipe I’m sharing today for our next addition to this year’s holiday cookie tray is a Maple Pecan Snowball Cookie.
If you’re regular follower here at the BHK you know my love for pecans. And throw in some added maple flavor and it’s a match made in heaven.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
If you’re looking for an easy recipe for the holidays this year, this is it. A minimal list of ingredients, less than 20 minutes of prep time and roughly 15 minutes to bake.
You can also make the dough ahead of time and roll into balls and freeze in a Ziploc bag until you’re ready to bake and enjoy.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- all-purpose flour
- pecan halves
- ground cinnamon
- unsalted butter
- confectioners’ sugar
- vanilla extract
- maple extract
First, you’ll whisk together your flour, finely chopped pecans, cinnamon and salt.
Next up, you’ll beat your butter, 1/2 cup of your confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and maple extracts until smooth, then you’ll gradually add the flour mixture until fully incorporated.
You will roll the dough into walnut sized balls and bake until the cookies are just lightly browned on the bottom. Let the cookies cool for 2-3 minutes before moving to a wire rack.
The last step is to add the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and roll the warm cookies in the sugar to fully coat before transferring back to the wire rack to fully cool.
Honestly guys, I can’t resist these melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies. The pecan and maple flavors really shine through.
You can whip up a batch in no time and they’re perfect for your cookie tray or even as a little treat with your morning coffee! It is the holidays after all, so we all deserve something special! Go for it and bake a batch!
Please let me know if you give the recipe a try. And if you have any questions about the recipe, just drop a comment below. Enjoy!
A Few Cook’s Notes for Maple Pecan Snowball Cookies
If pecans aren’t your thing these cookies work just as well with walnuts. I also really enjoy the maple walnut combo.
Make sure to roll the cookies in the confectioners’ sugar while they’re still warm.
More Delicious Holiday Cookies to Enjoy
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup pecan halves, super finely chopped
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar, divided
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. maple extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, finely chopped pecans, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or with a hand electric mixer, beat butter, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, vanilla and maple extracts until smooth. Gradually add the flour mixture until fully incorporated. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and place two inches apart on prepared sheet.
- Bake until the cookies are just lightly browned on the bottom, about 15-17 minutes. Let the cookies cool for 2-3 minutes before moving to a wire rack. Place the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar in a small bowl and roll the warm cookies in the sugar to fully coat before transferring back to the wire rack to fully cool.