Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Teacakes, these tasty little morsels are a big tradition in my family and we just call them… Snowballs! They look like little snowballs and most often we make these yummy little butter balls on the first snowfall of December (or the 3rd weekend of December, whichever comes first!)

Today was the first major snowfall here in our city and rather chilly, so we decided to snuggle inside, fire up the fireplace, blast the Christmas Carols and whip up our traditional Snowballs!

These are really easy to make so they are perfect to bake with the children. And how adorable are they? Even with just a few simple ingredients that you will most likely have in your kitchen already, you can whip these up in no time. They make great neighbour gifts too! Just make sure nobody is allergic to nuts because the key ingredient in this recipe is pecans (but I use a mix of pecans and walnuts).

The initial plan was to make some snowballs with Ava and her cousins today but plans went awry (always unpredictable with kids and the winter weather!) so we dusted off our aprons and baker hats and decided that the Snowball show must go on!

How cute is my little baker girl? Aka Mommy’s helper.

 Along with Snowballs we also decided to make some shortbread cookies (our fave in this house) coupled with hot cocoa. With the abundance of snow outdoors, it was truly picturesque and a day to remember.  I made these Snowballs with my mom and grandma growing up in the kitchen during the holidays so it’s very warming to my heart to see this.

I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Serves 8
A buttery treat for the Holidays, our traditional family Snowballs.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 1 cup of Gay Lea butter, 1/2 cup of icing sugar, 2 tsp of vanilla extract, 1 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts (or mix 1/2 of each), 2 1/2 cups of flour
  1. - Reheat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. - Cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy
  3. - Add vanilla then the flour and nuts on low-medium speed until a dough forms
  4. - Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, roll the dough into small balls and then place on cookie sheet
  5. - Bake for 20 minutes
  6. - Remove from oven and when warm (not hot), roll around in the "snow" (icing sugar)
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Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

28 Comments on A Family Holiday Tradition: Snowballs with #GayLeaFoods

  1. Donna Wilson
    April 8, 2015 at 7:34 am (2 years ago)

    These will be on my baking list next Christmas!

  2. Sandra
    June 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, these look so good. I’d probably pop them in my mouth non stop till I gained 10 lbs. The ingredients look suuuuper fatty but oh so good – and easy to make too!

  3. Susan T.
    April 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

    My grandma makes these at Christmas and I love them! They are so simple but so yummy!

  4. MrDisco
    February 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm (3 years ago)

    those look awesome!

  5. loriag
    February 19, 2014 at 8:25 am (3 years ago)

    Snowballs are so good, a favourite treat for sure. Thanks for this recipe for them.

  6. amy lovell
    February 11, 2014 at 9:39 am (3 years ago)

    yum! These look really good.

  7. Rick F
    February 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm (3 years ago)

    These look really good

  8. MrDisco
    January 31, 2014 at 10:11 am (3 years ago)

    Love the chef hat!

  9. Cheryl (@loucheryl)
    January 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm (3 years ago)

    I think my son would love making these with me! They look so yummy!

  10. LindaL
    December 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm (3 years ago)

    mmmmm even though I am all sugared out with Christmas these look yummy!

  11. Victoria Ess
    December 29, 2013 at 11:11 am (3 years ago)

    Those look so yummy! Shortbread cookies are my favourite things to bake around Christmas.

  12. Athena
    December 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm (3 years ago)

    These look good! Nice pics too 🙂

  13. Melinda L.
    December 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Mmmmm they sound and look amazing. Will have to try that some time.

  14. Michelle
    December 25, 2013 at 9:26 am (3 years ago)

    Looks so yummy!

  15. seham merzib
    December 25, 2013 at 8:57 am (3 years ago)


  16. heidi c.
    December 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

    These sound delish! I am definitely going to be making these with my girls!

  17. Anne Taylor
    December 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the Snowball recipe! They look and sound delicious and perfect to make with my grandkids!

  18. Judy C (Judy Cowan)
    December 20, 2013 at 4:00 am (3 years ago)

    Going to make the snowballs today, thanks for the recipe!

  19. Renalee
    December 19, 2013 at 12:37 am (3 years ago)

    I am so going to try these!!! Looks yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe Carol!!!

  20. kelly young
    December 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm (3 years ago)

    i am going to try these look easy and i bet they taste good

  21. Lynda Cook
    December 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm (3 years ago)

    all I have to say is yummy!!!!

  22. Fanterra Fisher
    December 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Simple and look delicious!

  23. Torviewtoronto
    December 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks wonderful cute little one 🙂

  24. Ashley
    December 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Carol this looks so yummy! I remember my grandma use to make something very similar with pecans too and I have been meaning to re-create. Thanks for sharing! And Ava is simply adorable in her chefs hat!

    • Carol @CarolAuCourant
      December 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Ashley! Yes, they are quite popular among many different cultures. We usually use pecans (the way my grandma made them) but I like the taste of walnuts too. She ha a lot of fun making them! Great memories.

  25. Cindy ~Hun... What's for Dinner?
    December 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I love these cookies, Carol! Your little chef looks great in her apron and hat! Hope you have wonderful holidays.

    • Carol @CarolAuCourant
      December 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Cindy! She loved her new bakers get-up. 🙂
      Happy Holidays to you and yours!


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