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Chocolate Butter Pecan Snowball Cookies

These delicious shortbread cookies have a deep, rich chocolate flavor and are packed with chopped pecans. The cookies are rolled in powdered sugar to create festive, tasty little snowballs perfect for the holiday season and beyond!
4.49 from 25 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Holiday
Servings 32 cookies
Calories 103 kcal



  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  • Add butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and almond extract to a medium mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the salt and flour to the bowl, one cup at a time, and mix until combined and no more dry flour is visible. The dough will be crumbly.
  • Add chopped pecans to the bowl and mix with the hand mixer on low speed until the pecans are evenly mixed into the dough.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop balls of dough into the palm of your hand and form them into neat balls by rolling them in between both palms.
  • Place cookies onto your prepared baking sheets, spaced evenly apart. They do not need much room as the cookies will not spread while baking. Bake cookies in the preheated oven for 7-10 minutes, or until the bottoms are slightly browned and the tops are no longer glossy.
  • Once the cookies have cooled enough to handle, add 1 cup of powdered sugar to a medium bowl and roll the cookies in the sugar to completely coat each cookie. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • After the cookies have completely cooled I recommend rolling them in the powdered sugar once more.


  • Use your free hand as a shield for the bowl when mixing the butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa to avoid a mess.
  • The butter, sugar, and cocoa may seem it will not cream at first, but it will begin to get creamy after about a minute. 
  • These cookies can be stored at room temperature in a zip-top bag or storage container for up to five days.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 10.8gProtein: 1.3gFat: 6.6gSaturated Fat: 3.8gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 76mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 4.3gCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
Keyword christmas cookies, cookie recipes, holiday baking, holiday cookies, shortbread cookies, snowball cookies
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