Stack of nut butterball cookies on a brown rectangular wooden plate resting on a dish towel

Nut Butterballs

Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, Snowball Cookies or Nut Butterballs, one thing is for sure they are delicious. A buttery shortbread-type cookie filled with your favorite chopped nuts and covered in a sweet powdered sugar coating!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword holiday cookies, mexican wedding cookies, Nut Butterballs, pecan snowballs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 270 kcal
Author Yvonne


  • 1 lb. unsalted butter melted
  • 4 c. flour
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 c. walnuts, pecans or almonds ground
  • Pinch of salt
  • 21/2-3 c. Powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, ground nuts and salt.

  3. Add melted butter mix with an electric mixer until stiff dough is formed. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place onto prepared cookie sheets. 

  4. Bake for 15 minutes.

  5. Immediately roll one at a time (being very gentle as they are delicate when warm) in powdered sugar while still warm and then once more after cooled.

  6. Transfer to cookie sheet.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Nut Butterballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.