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White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Cookies

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White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Cookies Recipe

White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Cookies

When Liz invited me to be a part of the Christmas Cookie Exchange, I knew right away I wanted to try a new recipe.  I pulled down a stack of cookbooks from my shelf and started pouring over them, looking for something I had never baked before!

Not surprisingly, I found my inspiration in the Taste of Home Christmas Cookies & Candy book.   As I flipped through the pages, I came across a recipe for Cherry Snowballs.  I’ve eaten Snowball Cookies a handful of times in my life (als0 called Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes), but I had never made them.

I know, I know… how have I gone 37 years of my life without baking these super easy, amazing, and very popular Christmas cookies??  Yeah, I have no idea either.

White Chocolate P-ecan Snowball Cookies WM 2

So I immediately knew I wanted to make Snowball Cookies… but not with cherries (as shown in the book).  I’ve never had them with cherries  and truthfully, cherries are just not my most favorite thing.  So… if I couldn’t stuff my cookie with cherries… what could I stuff it with?

And then it came to me… white chocolate!!   White chocolate just sounded like a perfect compliment to the Snowball Cookies!

If this recipe was anything like the ones I had in the past, I knew they’d be light and not too sweet and I just knew the added white chocolate in the center would be perfect!

White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Bitten

Guess what?  I was right!!  So, these are very traditional Snowball Cookies, except they have a white chocolate filling in the center.

Also, the recipe in the book did not call for nuts, but I knew I had had Mexican Wedding Cookies with pecans in the past, so I made them with chopped pecans (although you could skip that if you have a nut thing)…. and my White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Cookies were born!

The verdict?  I love the added texture and flavor of the chopped pecans so I have to say, the white chocolate filled with pecans is my favorite!!  But they’re also perfectly delicious without the nuts.   It just depends on what floats your boat ;)

White Chocolate P-ecan Snowball Cookies WM 2

And while we’re talking cookies…  have you ever heard of Cookies for Santa’s Milk Drive?   Christmas means cookies to so many of us and what better to have with cookies thank milk. But there are too many who will go without either this year.

Food banks across the nation need more milk and I’d like to encourage you to donate!    Just visit Santa’s Milk Drive to donate and when you get there, enter your zip code and any donation you make will be distributed to a food bank in your area!  That’s right… you’ll be helping out people in your own community!   Isn’t that cool?

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Today, I’m joining a group of some of my favorite blogging friends for a Christmas Cookie Exchange — and we’re all sharing a cookie recipe!  I hope you’ll click on the links below for some new cookie ideas and inspiration:

Caramel Filled Chewy Ginger Cookies from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Italian Anisette Cookies from A Family Feast

Cranberry Orange Nut Cookies from Apron Strings

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies from Barbara Bakes

Soft Pumpkin Cookies + Pumpkin Spice Kisses from Bless this Mess

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies from Crumbs and Chaos

Graham Cracker Log from Hoosier Homemade

Rugelach Bars from Let’s Dish

Pepper Jelly Cornmeal Thumbprints from Letty’s Kitchen

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from Love from the Oven

Linzer Cookies from Mandy’s Recipe Box

Surprise-inside Christmas Stocking from Munchkin Munchies

Chocolate M&M Cookies from Oh, Sweet Basil

White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Cookies from Rose Bakes

Chocolate Toffee Cranberry Cookies from Taste and Tell

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars from Your Homebased Mom

Spiced Eggnog Cookies from Will Cook for Smiles

And finally… are you ready to bake the White Chocolate Snowball Cookies?

Here’s the printable recipe:

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White Chocolate Snowball Cookies
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Serves: 36
  • 1 cup (or 2 sticks or 8 oz.) salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, ½ cup of powdered sugar and vanilla. Gradually mix in the flour just until it comes together. If you're adding nuts, gently mix them in now.
  2. Wrap the dough in wax paper and chill for one hour.
  3. Once the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F. Using a knife, cut off small chunks of the dough (approximately 1 tablespoon) and roll the dough between your hands until you can flatten it into a small circle. Place 3-4 white chocolate chips in the center of the circle and shape the dough into a ball around the chips.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place the balls on the lined cookie sheet, approximately 1 inch apart, Bake at 350°F for 12-14 minutes or until the bottoms are browned.
  5. While the cookies are warm dust them with powdered sugar. I love using what I call my "sugar shaker" to do this! Don't try rolling them at this point... they'll just crumble apart.
  6. If you're feeling adventurous, let them cool completely and then you can roll them in powdered sugar to get them completely white ;) .

Inspired by the Taste of Home Christmas Cookies & Candy book.

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Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

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Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

These past few weeks have been a blur.  Not that my life isn’t always busy, but truly… I’m so tired of going somewhere all the time.  Other than quick runs to our small town to buy milk or delivery cakes, I’m normally a (quite content) homebody.

But not lately.  Every time I turn around we have to drive the  near 40 miles to one of the three larger towns around here to get vaccinations, to get Christian’s arm checked (again and again),  to do pre-surgery for the other surgery he had, or for dentist appointments.    And I’m sick of it.   Just let me stay home… puleeeeesse.

Last week in the middle of all the insanity, I was craving these Oatmeal Pecan Cookies so I decided to do something CrAzY.  You wanna know what it was?   I baked something that was not for somebody else.   Yep, you heard me.  I baked for ME.  

Okay, so that’s not all that crazy, but it felt really indulgent considering that I feel like I never, ever bake just because I want to.  And especially not something I can eat all by myself.

Stack of Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Yes, you heard me right.  I baked them just. for. me.   Yes,  yes I did.

And they were just what I needed to sooth my tattered emotions.   I have been so exhausted – mentally, emotionally & physically – and I just wanted some comfort food.

Do cookies make you feel better?  They sure make me feel better!   I ate way more than my fair share and I was definitely a little more happy afterwards!   ;)

So why Oatmeal Pecan Cookies?    I’m not sure.  Without a doubt, Chocolate Chip Cookies are my most favorite cookie, but these Oatmeal Pecan Cookies are also at the top of my cookie list and they were just what I needed at the time.

Plate of Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

They’re actually best when they’re right out of the oven – warm and chewy and so full of texture and deliciousness.  But if you can’t eat them all at once (like me … ahem!), then  store them in an airtight container to keep them soft.  Or if you like a crunchy cookie, then by all means leave them out and they’ll get a good crunch to them!

When I first made these a few years ago, I used a recipe from the Pioneer Woman Cookbook (I love me some Pioneer Woman cookbooks!!)  – she calls them Oatmeal Crispies and they are fantastic!!  But the more I made them, the more I changed things.   I tweaked the ingredients only a tiny bit, but mostly I just got lazy and started skipping steps.

In the original recipe, she uses three (or four?) bowls.  She makes the dough, divides it in half, wraps it in wax paper then chills it.  When she’s ready to use it, she slices and bakes them.

Oatmeal Cookies on Pan

Well…. one day when I was craving these, I’ll admit it… I didn’t want to wait.   I didn’t want to mess up any more bowls than absolutely necessary.  I didn’t want to chill and slice.  I didn’t want to use any self restraint.   So I grabbed my favorite cookie scoop, skipped a few steps and baked some cookies!

And you know what… they turned out just fine!   In fact, better than fine… I think I might have liked them better because they were big and soft and chewy.   And fast.  Ha!   When this girl craves a cookie – she wants it now!!

Anywho… so here’s my adapted & printable recipe.    These cookies are absolutely fantastic and I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!!

What food brings you comfort?  

Oatmeal Pecan Cookies
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Serves: 36 (3") cookies
  • Oatmeal Pecan Cookies
  • 3.5 oz shortening (~ ½ cup)
  • ½ cup butter ( 1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (or... I scraped vanilla seeds from 3 beans)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 cups Quick Oats
  • ¾ cup Finely Chopped Pecans
  1. Cream together the shortening, butter and sugars until smooth.
  2. Add the eggs while mixing, then the vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy. Add in the flour, salt, and baking soda and mix thoroughly. No I don't sift it all together - no, I don't do it in a separate bowl. I just dump it all into my Kitchenaid with a SideSwipe Paddle. It works beautifully!
  3. Last, add the oats and nuts; mix just until incorporated.
  4. Use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. You can skip the parchment if you want to - but this goes back to me being lazy... no pan to wash! I really like the 3 Tbsp. size scoop.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool slightly (so they don't fall apart when you pick them up)... but not too much... they are extra delicious warm out of the oven!! They have a tiny crispy edge but they're soft and chewy with loads of texture! Perfection, I tell ya!

Do you love cookies?  Check out more of my favorite cookie recipes here:

Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies Pinterest

Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butter Crisp Cookies Recipe

Butter Crisp Cookies

Biscoff Cookie Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies WM

Chocolate Cookies with Biscoff Cookie Butter Filling

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

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Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies Pinterest

It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day… who knew?!  I certainly didn’t or I’d have baked up a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies…  preferably with a new recipe.  Oh well.

I’ll have to settle for sharing some “old” recipes.    First up is our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I brag on this recipe  all of the time, so if you’ve seen it before… well, here it is again ;)

Easy Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you want to make those, but have them be creepy… make them into SPIDERS!!    Click here to find out how easy it is to make Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Now the rest of these aren’t cookies, but still, they’re SO worth having a look at if you like chocolate chip cookies!  First there’s this cheesecake.  Ohmygoodness.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Slice

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake.  Need I say more?

And I have to mention the chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes….

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes Cut

Both of my sisters-in-law claim these as favorites… and they are just devine!!  See the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filled Cupcake recipe here… and here (for a fully scratch version).

And last, but certainly not least is a cake.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

A Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake to be exact.   This is another totally from-scratch recipe that you don’t wanna miss!

Most recently I posted a easy version of Chocolate Chip Cake (or cupcakes)…  you can see that here!

 And that’s it I think!  How do you like your chocolate chip cookies?  Soft?  Crunchy?  Warm?  Not cooked at all (the dough is the best part, you know!)?  Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe?  Leave a link in the comments – I’d love to have a look!