Day 2: Chocolate Pecan Snowballs

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These chocolate pecan snowballs are one of my favorite holiday cookies because they are packed with pecans and they simply melt in your mouth. 


12 days of Christmas continues at Jo Cooks with day 2 featuring my favorite Christmas cookies, these delicious chocolate pecan snowballs. I thought it was only fair that today I share with you my favorite when yesterday I shared my husband’s favorite cookies.

Let me start by saying these cookies I’m sharing the recipes with you here are extremely popular. I wouldn’t share them if they didn’t pass the taste test. I took a big container of all the cookies I made to work and they were all gone fairly quickly. Now I like these cookies because of the pecans, I love any cookie with pecans. I’d say the cookies on Day 1 are my favorite too, but honestly I only got to try one because you know who ate them all, but these ones I had more than one. So I know they’re good. Really good. Pecans and chocolate, how can you go wrong?

And then look how cute they look, like little snowballs, like the ones I throw at my dog, alright maybe a smaller version but still they look adorable. Speaking of snow, did I tell you we have plenty of that here? And for some reason it keeps snowing everyday. I don’t understand. Go snow somewhere else where they don’t have snow. I’d be happy with just these adorable snowballs, seriously that’s all I need. None of the real stuff!

I promise I’ll get you back on a diet once the holidays are over, so bear with me in the mean time. Eat cookies! It’s all good!


Day 2: Chocolate Pecan Snowballs
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Serves: 48
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (or any of your favorite nuts)
  • 1 cup (6 oz) chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Add butter and sugar to the bowl of your mixer and mix them together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour and salt; stir into butter mixture. Fold in nuts and chips. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  3. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool cookies slightly before rolling in confectioners' sugar.


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  1. says

    Hi Jo! I can’t wait to try this out! Do you have any tips for making sure the cookies come out nice and round? I’m worried mine will bake flatter, making the finished cookie look less like a snowball. Thank you very much!

    • says

      Jen, you don’t have to worry about them flattening out, they will only spread a little bit, so you can even place them closer together on the baking sheet.

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