Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Dec 21, 2010 12:21 PM

Looking for Grandma's Mexican Wedding or Snow ball cookie receipe

My husband and I just made the Snow ball cookie from the following receipe:

2 sticks of butter softened
1 cup powdered sugar, divided
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups of flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans

350 oven
beat butter, vanilla and half powdered sugar until fluffy, then gradually added flour. Added pecans and shaped into 1 inch balls. Baked for about 14 minutes. Rolled in powdered sugar.

They do not taste like grandma's. They are OK. Unfortunately, we did not get Grandma's receipe. I know, shame on us.

But, can you share your receipe? Grandma's were buttery, short and just plain yummy. Ours were not buttery enough and just lacked the texture of Grandma's.

Thank you so much for any help.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I have a recipe I really like from simply recipes

    they have almost identical ingredients as the recipe you posted, but they are handled very diferently, perhaps they are more like your grandma's!

    1. My grandma always made cherry snowballs and to this day they for sure are our favourite holiday cookie! Sounds to me like my recipe is kinda what you're looking for - except the ones I make have a maraschino cherry inside. Looks like my recipe uses 1/4 c less pecans...wonder if that might help out the texture?

      1 cup butter
      1/2 c icing sugar
      1 tsp vanilla
      2 1/4 c flour (sometimes I cut this back to 2 cups if the dough feels too dry)
      1/4 tsp salt
      3/4 c ground pecans

      Blend butter, icing sugar and vanilla. Sift flour and salt. Combine with butter mixture and add pecans. Chill several hours. If using cherries (dry them first) - take a small ball of dough and wrap around a cherry. Bake on ungreased sheet at 350 for about 12 minutes or until bottom looks golden (they will firm up as they cool). Roll in powdered sugar while still warm and then again when cool.

      Good luck on your hunt!

      1 Reply
      1. re: moonie1981

        Wow moonie, sounds fabulous with the cherry. I will be up first thing in the morning making these. Will let you know. Thank you!

      2. 2 sticks softened butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 2 cups flour, 2 cups chopped nuts (I use walnuts). Cream butter & sugar, add vanilla. Add flour & nuts. Mixture will be stiff, use hand to incorporate nuts if necessary. Roll into 1 inch balls. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes. After cooling, roll in powdered sugar. Yum!

        2 Replies
        1. re: nojunk

          nojunk! The ratio of butter sounds perfect. I am going to give both receipe's a try. Again, thank you.

          1. re: amazing grace

            I think the problem is with creaming the butter. I mix mine with my hands until just combined. I'll bet your grandmother didn't use an electric mixer.

        2. The BEST snowballs. From my grandma.

          1 c. blanched almonds, ground
          1 pound butter
          1 egg yolk
          1/4 cup sugar
          2T Grand Marnier
          1 t vanilla
          6 cups cake flour

          Cream butter. Add egg yolk and sugar. Add Grand Marnier and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour and nuts. Chill 1/2 hour (I don't actually do this and it doesn't seem to matter). Shape into 1/2 inch balls. Bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while still hot. Makes 10 dozen cookies.

          2 Replies
          1. re: runandeat

            That's nice with the Grand Marnier!

            1. re: buttertart

              I haven't had these since my Mom passed away - 30 years ago. This definitely brought back a ton of memories. Thanks for the recipes...I will be trying them very soon - after Chrristmas - but it's never too late for a favourite cookie.