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.

30 comments on “A Family Holiday Tradition: Snowballs with #GayLeaFoods”

  1. One of my favourite Christmas cookies and yet I haven’t made them myself. I will definitely be trying this recipe this year. Thanks for the great recipe and pictures! YUM!

  2. 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. 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!

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