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I’m not going to bore you through a bunch of step by step pictures because this is a throw-everything-in-one-bowl-and-mix kind of recipe.


Most people make butterballs (a.k.a. snowballs) for the holidays and it’s true, when I made these yesterday it smelled like December in my house.  As if it was 32 degrees outside, all the trees were naked and I should be wrapping presents. But, why do we only have to make these in December for a cookie exchange? These are great cookies and so pretty on any kind of platter. Make ‘em for a wedding shower or a special annivsary, they’re easy to take to a party, and they freeze well.


This is the BEST butterball (snowball) recipe. It’s an old family favorite, passed down from my mother’s cousins.  Super easy like I said, everything in one bowl, mix, roll, bake and cover with powdered sugar. This recipe only makes about 2 dozen cookies but, this truly is the best butterball recipe.


So, here’s the recipe and the instructions.


½ cup of butter at room temperature (one stick)
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 cup sifted flower

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Put all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix by hand. Make rounded balls about walnut size onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

When they come out of the oven, wait 5 minutes then carefully roll in powdered sugar. I usually roll them a second time before I serve them. And just to make the plate look pretty, I sift more powdered sugar over everything.

Enjoy them, I do.