Pumpkin Spice Snowballs

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Pumpkin Spice Snowballs are going to be this season’s BEST cookie recipe, I promise you that! They’re the classic Russian Teacake recipe with pecans and tons of pumpkin pie spice. Or do you call them snowballs? Or wedding cookies?


These Pumpkin Spice Snowball Cookies are a family favorite recipe! An easy Russian Teacake recipe is filled with warm pumpkin spice, perfect for fall.

Note: I wrote this post a few years ago…no commenting needed unless you really want too… 🙂

I want to conduct an experiment. Are you game? Help me out, ‘kay?

As a professional food blogger who does this as a full-time job, I check my stats often. On any given day I want to know how many people are on this site, what they’re looking at, and where they’re coming from. (BTW, if you’re reading this right now, that’s YOU!)

My top referrals every day come from Pinterest, Google, Facebook, and direct traffic. If you’ve clicked over from a social media site, thanks for visiting! I hope, if this is your first time, that you’ll stay awhile, find out more about me, and come back often.

If you’re one of my “direct” people, thank you so much. That means you’re probably here because you typed “crazyforcrust.com” into your search bar. Or you clicked on a link in another post. Or, most probably, you’re on my email list. Thank you so much for coming back day after day!

Every day I get thousands and thousands of people who look at this site. Since this is a new post, I’m betting it’ll be in the top 5 viewed today. But every day I only hear from about 20-30 of you in a comment. The rest of you probably pin the recipe (thank you!) or print it, or maybe read the post and get a chuckle, then move on. All of you people are lurkers, and I love you. I love you but I want to know who you are!

Here’s my experiment: if you’re reading this, leave a comment. Tell me who you are. Tell me if you think you’ll make these cookies, or not. Tell me anything, just say hi. Tell me your favorite snowball cookie memory. Just say hi to me, in the comments. I promise I won’t bite! (I also don’t store those email addresses or share them. You just have to enter it so I can write back and say thank you or answer any questions you might have.)

Help me conduct my experiment? Okay? If you’re still reading? Which probably cuts out 2/3 of my daily readership, but whatever. If you’ve made it this far you deserve a really big thank you and a plate of Pumpkin Spice Snowballs.

Pumpkin Spice Snowballs - a new family favorite holiday cookie!

Snowballs, Russian Teacakes, Wedding Cookies, whatever you call them, I love them. These are my mom’s favorite cookie; she makes them over and over all year long. I make them over and over again too, but with new flavor variations. Cake batter, chocolate, stuffed, chocolate chip, you name it, I’ve made it. (And I have sooooo many more flavor ideas!)

Since it’s September, and I’m anxiously awaiting the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte in it’s red cup, I decided to do my own tinkering with pumpkin spice. I’ve added pumpkin spices to cookies and hot chocolate before, but now I’m adding them to snowballs.

That’s a good decision, don’t you think?

These Easy Pumpkin Spice Snowball Cookies are a family recipe. Warm pumpkin spice is added to my Mom's Russian Teacake Recipe making these perfect for fall baking!

This recipe could not be easier. It’s one bowl, no chill time, just mix it all up. My mom uses a hand mixer, I use a stand mixer. Use what you have! Simply adding some pumpkin spice warms the flavor of the cookies so much.

So, what is pumpkin spice? It’s a combination of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. And it’s so good! I like to use the individual spices, but if you have pumpkin pie spice, you can use that too (about 1 teaspoon) instead.

Simply mix up the easy cookie dough recipe and scoop little balls of snowball cookie. Once they’re baked you roll them in powdered sugar mixed with cinnamon for even more warm fall flavor.

A few notes:

  • You’ve read the recipe right – there is no actual pumpkin in these cookies, just pumpkin spice. But they taste just like a pumpkin cookie would – after all, pumpkin really has no flavor. Why else do we add pumpkin spice to every pumpkin recipe?
  • Please use REAL butter. I use unsalted and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. If you’re using salted butter, use 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Do not substitute margarine or butter spread.
  • Do not overmeasure the flour. Use a spoon to measure the flour into the measuring cup. Do not pack it.
  • The dough shouldn’t have to be chilled, but if it’s too wet to scoop, chill it for 30 minutes. It just depends on how soft your butter is when you start.
  • I roll the warm cookies in the powdered sugar mixture and then once they’re cool, before serving, I re-roll them. That’s optional but makes for an extra powdery cookie!

What do you think? Are these a keeper? Remember my experiment – leave a comment! 🙂

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Pumpkin Spice Snowballs

These Pumpkin Spice Snowballs are a new version of your favorite holiday cookie! Adding warm pumpkin spices to Russian Teacakes makes them perfect for fall and holiday baking!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts work best)


  1. Preaheat oven to 375°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add flour, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, and allspice and mix until the dough comes together. Stir in the nuts. If dough is too soft, chill it until you can work it easily with your hands.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon balls of dough and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes until bottoms are just slightly brown. Remove from oven and cool for just a few minutes, until you can handle them.
  5. Fill a small bowl with the remaining 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and roll each cookie in the sugar until coated. Place on a rack to cool.  (Once cookies are cooled, you may want to re-roll them in more powdered sugar.) The added cinnamon in the rolling mixture is optional, but it amps up the fall flavor!
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to one month. (If you freeze them you’ll need to re-roll them in powdered sugar after defrosting.)


Use real butter for best results. Do not substitute margarine or butter spread.

Do not overmeasure the flour! Use a spoon to fill the measuring cup, do not pack it.

If you only have pumpkin pie spice, omit the cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg in the recipe and use 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Still use the cinnamon in the rolling mixture.

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These Pumpkin Spice Snowball Cookies are a family favorite recipe! An easy Russian Teacake recipe is filled with warm pumpkin spice, perfect for fall.

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  1. Oh, how I love snowballs, wedding cake cookies. I love them because they are not overly sweet. Pumpkin pie spice…what could be more Fall -like? I love to bake, but refuses to do roll out cookies. I can roll up in my hand though. …I’m out in the country outside of Houston and found this on Pinterest:)

  2. Hello From Phoenix! I found this recipe through Pinterest. I absolutely love baking cookies and trying new recipes especially snow ball style ones. I’m out of the spices but I’ll be making these after a grocery trip. Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. Have you ever tried to create a cookie recipe that uses leftover Halloween candy in place of chocolate?

  3. Hi, I am from Ingram, Pennsylvania. Ingram is a small borough on the line of the city of Pittsburgh. I will be making the pumpkin spice snowballs later today. I am taking them to my daughters house in Monroe, North Carolina for Thanksgiving. I often find myself directed to your site when I am looking for something yummy. I know that I can count on your recipes. Thank you!

  4. Good morning, I found this as a link from a gallery of Thanksgiving desserts on Delish. Needed something easy to bring to a work on Thanksgiving – don’t worry I’ll be out by 2 and over to my sister’s for an actual Thanksgiving dinner as well. Looking forward to trying this out.

  5. I clicked on this cookie recipe after I found your site by using the Google to find a shortbread pie crust.

    I will be making the crust for the base of this butterscotch pudding fluff thing I am going to try for Thanksgiving. My spouse doesn’t like pumpkin pie and I am tired of doing my version of an Apple Brown Betty. Your shortbread recipe sound fab and easy. And these pumpkin spice snowballs…also are appealing!

  6. Hi Dorothy.
    Greetings from Australia. I saw this post thanks to “Sally’s Baking Addiction” posting a link on Facebook for Chocolate Dipped Snowball Cookies (which I intend to make soon). Then when I decided to check out more of your recipes, I saw Pumpkin Spice Snowballs and I just had add them to my ever growing Christmas baking list (oh, and yes, I read the entire post!).

    The nearest thing to a snowball I have ever made is Pfeffernusse (German gingerbread cookie). They are really good!
    Anyway cheers from Down Under and Merry Christmas Baking 🙂

  7. Hi
    I ran across your website today. I am having a Christmas party next week, and can’t wait to try your recipe for Pumpkin Pie Snowballs!

  8. Hello from East Texas! These cookies look amazing and I love snowball cookies. Of course, I was hooked at “pumpking spice”. 🙂 I plan to make these in the next few days. I found you through Pinterest and am glad I did. Thanks for posting!

  9. Hello from Los Angeles! We are having a Cookie Swap at work in two weeks and one of the other bakers and I were talking yesterday and she loves tea cake cookies and pumpkin…I’m giving her this recipe so she can bake and bring them to the swap as I’ve already picked out what cookies I am baking. I’m on your e-mail list and love your blog!

  10. Dear Dorothy,
    Thanks so much for the great pumpkin spice snowball recipe…I have everything I need to make these scrumptious cookies and I hope I can sleep through the night and not jump out of bed to make them. Your website is fantastic and I feel as if I have gained 10lbs. just reading each of the recipes. Looking forward to trying many of these for Christmas Festivities.
    Take care and have a Great Christmas, Theresa W.

  11. Hi, I found your recipe while looking for pumpkin recipes on Pinterest. Even though there is no pumpkin in the recipe, it sounds like something I would like. I love pumpkin and can never get enough of it. I will definitely try this recipe when I make Christmas cookies this week.

  12. Hello!

    I like to stop by your site from time to time to see what delicious recipes you’ve added. We especially love the funfetti gooey bars! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Hi there. I was looking for Chewy Shortbread cookies and just kept following links. I printed your No-Bake Double Peanut Butter bars and as I was zipping down the page looking for the recipe, I glimpsed the spice snowballs so I had to go back and have a look. Now I am going to print those too. I get most of my recipes off of blogs like yours and most are so good. I am in very stormy, snowy Nova Scotia where it is not a nice day out, but nice and cozy in my kitchen. Wishing you and your readers a very Merry Christmas and thank you so much for your recipes. You must love to bake. I will be bookmarking this page for sure.

  14. Hi! I came from Pinterest to get the recipe for the Pumpkin spice balls recipe.

  15. I am not a pumpkin spice seeker, but I do have friends that absolutely adore this time of year and all the variations. I was quite surprised that there was no pumpkin in this recipe. I love all the spices in the cookies, so must try them regardless, and I will definitely share the recipe with the pumpkin lovers.

  16. Sounds yummy! Can I omit the nuts?

  17. Hi from Colorado! I won’t be able to come home for the holidays this year so my mom sent me a big box of Christmas cookies last week, these included. I liked them so much I had to look up the recipe for myself 🙂

  18. Making these for our Christmas party! They sound so good!! I also love the other snowball variations!

  19. Can’t wait to try these!

  20. I just came across this recipe this week and am trying it this weekend. Thank you for sharing!!!
    I have a nut allergy – do you add the nuts to add texture to the dough? I’ll have to try without because the recipe looks too good not to make!!

  21. This recipe just popped up on FB this week, read your note/experiment in the beginning of the blog post. Obviously, you wrote this in 2015. Excited to try these…..I’m Greek, so I make Kouriembiedes, a very buttery, fragile snowball type cookie, considered a wedding cookie.
    Making these tomorrow, thanks for this delicious looking recipe!

  22. I’m gonna try this for sure!!!

  23. I will definitely be making these cookies!

  24. Will make these !!!!!! And hi !!! I like the recipes you have created !!!

  25. I am planning to make these for our church bazaar! It’s hard to choose which ones to make!

  26. Wine and glue shared this recipe. I haven’t tried it but will be making it soon. As I live in the Yucatán Peninsula some recipes are impossible to make as not all ingredients are available here. Fortunately I do have everything needed for these snowballs. I love to try new recipes from all over the world. I collect cookbooks. I was born in Portugal, grew up in the the US and now live in Yucatán. I’m an extremely proud US citizen!

  27. I pinned this recipe a year ago. I promise to try it soon.

  28. I found this recipe on a post about best “pumpkin recipes” but thats kind of misleading since there’s no actual pumpkin in it.

  29. Hi! I’m not from America. I live far away in a small country in Europe. I really enjoy reading your recipes. I love cooking (especially baking desserts) and this blog is a funny way to practice my English. Thank you for every incredible recipe you’ve shared.

    Rating: 5
  30. Enjoyed your blog. Am planning on trying this cookie recipe. I always make Russian Tea Cakes at Christmas. These sound delicious!

  31. Hi!!! I’m here and enjoy reading your posts.

  32. I made this recipe last year!! It was fantastic!!
    I am making it again this year too!!

  33. Hi. Love these cookies and went to make them today and all i have left is salted butter. Would i just leave out the 1/2 t salt in the reciepe?  Thanks and Happy Holidays!

  34. I made snowballs for the first time with your choc chip recipe (but I used smarties). Looking forward to trying this one.

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