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Cream Cheese Snowball Cookies

Some call them Italian Wedding Cookies, some call them Russian Tea Cookies--no matter what you call them, they are melt in your mouth delicious. These Cream Cheese Snowball Cookies bring a whole new tang to your favorite Christmas Cookie!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 cookies (approximately)
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro


  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ c butter, softened
  • 1 ½ c flour
  • ½ c powdered sugar, plus 2 T, separated
  • 1 ⅓ c pecan pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

For Rolling:


  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • In a food processor, pulse pecans and 2 T powdered sugar until fine and grainy. (This will sweeten the pecans slightly).
  • In a medium bowl, using a standing or hand mixer, cream together cream cheese, powdered sugar (½ cup), and butter until smooth and creamy. Add in vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • Slowly add in flour and salt and beat until fully incorporated. Add in pecans and mix together on low speed. (Ideally you would chill dough for at least 20-30 minutes. For best results, you can roll the cookies and then chill. Will take less time to chill too!)
  • Roll into balls and roll into powdered sugar and line 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 14-17 minutes or until the edges just start to become lightly golden. Cool for several minutes and before fully cool, roll into powdered sugar once (or twice, if you are really in the game) and set on a rack.
  • Store in an airtight container!


  • If you want to REALLY up the flavor of these cream cheese snowball cookies, then toast your pecans. It's an added step, one I did not include into the actual recipe. But lightly toasting the pecans, stove top or in the oven, brings out a rich nutty flavor that nothing compares to.
  • The hardest part about cookies of all kinds: you don't want to over bake these and you don't want to under bake them. With snowball cookies, you REALLY don't want to over bake them. Since there aren't any eggs, under baking isn't the worst thing. But too much makes for a dried out cookie. Keep a close eye on these and know they will bake a touch more before you move them off the pan.


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg