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Vanilla Bean Snowball Cookies


posted: 12/12/16

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These Vanilla Bean Snowball Cookies are easy to make and are melt-in-your-mouth over-the-top delicious! Vanilla Bean Snowball Cookies covered in powdered sugar.

I’m so happy to be partnering with Horizon to bring you this amazing melt in your mouth delicious snowball cookies!

When it’s cold outside, don’t you just love a the cozy feeling of staying inside in your PJs, reading or watching your favorite show? Full disclosure, lately mine has been Gilmore Girls. I just love it!

Like the soft inviting cushion of my couch, these Vanilla Bean Snowball Cookies are totally irresistible. You guys. Like craaaaaaazy good.
Vanilla Bean Snowball Cookies on a table.


These balls of goodness are basically a butter cookie, so you really want to make sure you use a good quality butter. That’s why I love using Horizon Unsalted Butter.

I love Horizon everything, and you really cannot go wrong with their Unsalted Butter. It makes these cookies absolutely melt in your mouth amazing.

Unsalted Butter on the table.

If you’re wondering about the need for unsalted butter, here’s a little something to keep in mind.


Obviously you can figure that the main difference between these two ingredients is: the salt. Salt has a preserving effect, so salted butter will last longer in your fridge — usually around five months as opposed to three months for the unsalted variety.

The reason a lot of cooks prefer unsalted butter is simply because it allows you to use butter in its purest form. A lot of times people say it has a fresher taste. Overall, unsalted butter offers a more mellow sweetness in its flavor. When it comes to using that flavor for these Vanilla Bean Snowball Cookies, it makes all the difference.


Vanilla Beans — Before you stress about spending $300 on vanilla beans to make these snowball cookies, keep in mind that you can buy vanilla bean paste. It gives you great vanilla flavor, but also those gorgeous little vanilla bean speckles that you want. Hooray! I know you can find it online but you can also often find it on a discount at Home Goods, TJ Max, those kinds of stores.

Chopped Pecans — I made these both with chopped pecans and without. I really preferred it without because it made the vanilla taste jump out, but it’s up to you friends. For more great recipes using Horizon products be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Cookies on a table.


You can’t go wrong with some of these other yummy treats.

  • Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies bring together two of your favorite flavors in one amazing cookie that is crispy on the outside, buttery soft on the inside.
  • Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect mix of soft, chewy and delicious flavors. Plus, you get all the tips and tricks for making these the best ever!
  • Lemon Sugar Cookies are melt-in-your mouth good. You won’t want to miss the simple lemon icing on top — it’s the perfect finishing touch.

Leave a comment below and tell us which of these cookies are your favorite. Or if you try any of our other cookie recipes, we want to hear what you think.

Vanilla Bean Snowball Cookies
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Vanilla Bean Snowball Cookies

Serves: 24 cookies with pecans | 18 cookies without pecans
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 28 minutes
These Vanilla Bean Snowball Cookies are easy to make and are melt-in-your-mouth over-the-top delicious!


  • 16 TBSPs Unsalted Horizon Butter room temperature (see note)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 tsps vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups flour 9 ounces or 255.15 grams (see note)
  • 2 cups chopped pecans optional
  • powdered sugar for rolling


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together just until combined. Add the vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract and beat to combine.
  • Add in the flour and (pecans if using), and beat until just combined.
  • Using a 1 1/2 TBSP scoop, scoop out cookie dough, roll and place on a parchment or silicon mat lined baking sheet an inch apart and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  • After removing them from the oven, let cool on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes, then very gently roll them in powdered sugar. Allow them to cool completely and then roll in powdered sugar again.


Your butter should be soft enough that you can easily dent it with your finger, but not so soft that it goes all the way through. Cut it into 1 inch pieces and leave it on the counter for 30 minutes. Or fill a tall drinking glass with water, microwave it for 30 seconds, empty the water, and put the glass over the butter standing on end for 10 minutes.
When measuring the flour make sure that you scoop it into the measuring cup and then level it off. If you scoop it directly from the container then you will likely get much more flour and your cookies won't come together. Or you can use the weight measurement provided.
Serving: 1cookie Calories: 145kcal (7%) Carbohydrates: 142g (47%) Protein: 86g (172%) Fat: 662g (1018%) Saturated Fat: 61g (381%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 196g Monounsaturated Fat: 371g Cholesterol: 20mg (7%) Sodium: 38mg (2%) Potassium: 3725mg (106%) Fiber: 88g (367%) Sugar: 46g (51%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Vanilla Bean Snowball Cookies

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  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I didn’t know Horizon made butter. That’s awesome! I love snowball cookies so hard – such a great idea to use vanilla bean!

  2. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says

    YUM! These look so good Lisa!! And I absolutely love Horizon products, so definitely have the perfect butter to make these. Also, I need to binge watch gilmore girls, and these cookies would make for the perfect snack to do that with!

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