Pecan Snowball Cookies are such a treat with a tender shortbread base, studded with crunchy pecan pieces and a powdered sugar finish. These classic Christmas cookies are a fun way to satisfy your cookie craving without overindulging. Snowball cookies are also known as Russian Tea Cakes and Mexican Wedding Cookies.
Using a handheld electric mixer (or stand mixer), cream together softened butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and salt. Gradually add the flour, beating after each addition. Stir in the finely chopped nuts until blended. Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
While the dough is in the fridge, preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
Remove dough from the refrigerator and scoop 1-inch balls. Roll the balls with your hands until round.
Place dough balls about 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake in a preheated oven until the cookies are just beginning to brown around the bottom edges, about 12 to 14 minutes, being careful to not overbake.
Carefully transfer cookies to wire racks for a couple of minutes. Spoon the powdered sugar into a sifter and dust the cookies while they are still warm. Let the sugar-coated cookies cool completely, then dust once again with the confectioners sugar.