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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 “” 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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Servings: 48

Pumpkin Spice Snowballs

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
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.)

See more of my snowball recipes here!


Pumpkin Spice Snowballs Recipe

Funfetti Wedding Cookies

Cake Batter Wedding Cookies (4 of 6)

Reese’s Stuffed Snowballs

Reese's Stuffed Snowballs (1 of 2)w

Chocolate Chip Snowballs

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies (2 of 4)w

Sweets from friends:
Key Lime Snowball Cookies by Mom on Timeout
Toffee Almond Snowball Cookies by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Low Carb Snowball Cookie Recipe by All Day I Dream About Food

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. I have been planning on making your chocolate chip snowballs for christmas.i ran out of time last year but hopefully will do it this year. The pumpkin pie spice sounds like an interesting variation. I may try them

  2. Love your recipes!

  3. Haven’t made this recipe yet but I’m going to try and soon as I have time.
    I’ve tried a few other cookie recipes you have and i haven’t been disappointed.
    Thank you
    From Puyallup Washington

  4. YUM!!  They sound delicious!  And easy to make, too!!!  That’s a plus!  I will be making them soon.  I’ll let you know how they came out!  Thank you!!!

  5. Made these tonight with my kids!!! They were amazingly delicious, easy to make, kid-friendly!!! Will definitely be making these again! Nice job!

  6. I love everything pumpkin! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  7. Sounds like YUM to me!  Will try these when the temp drops below 100 in AZ!

  8. Hi from London! I full expect to.make this recipe and also to look around as it seems I may like it here

  9. Wow! I definitely will make these Pumpkin Spice snowball cookies! And probably at some point the Reese’s and Key Lime ones. I LOVE the Russian teacakes/wedding cookies. I’m in trouble! I will definitely return to your website and peruse your other recipes. Thank you 🙂

  10. My favorite cookie! Can’t wait to try this pumpkin spice recipe!

  11. So excited to have found your site!  It popped up on my Facebook at the perfect time as I was trying to decide what to bring to my sewing group tomorrow!

  12. I am saying Hi! For your experiment. This is my first time on your site and so happy I found your snowball recipe. I love snowballs! Never thought of adding different spices but I’m so all over the toffee recipe! 
    Thank you! Good luck with your future endeavors. 
    Warmly, Teresa
    (I read the whole thing, do you want my address to send me a plate of cookies?😁)

  13. Really good idea , also my favorite .

  14. Can’t wait to try this fall version of one of our family’s favorite cookies!

  15. I’m typically not a snowball cookie fan… too dry, but these look like they might be moist. Are they? I always want to like these cookies, but am done after one small bite.

  16. Looked like a yummy cookie to try.

  17. Hi,
    I don’t normally leave comments (what to say).
    But, I teach an early morning class for teenages and am always looking for easy treats to surprise them with. I love pumkin pie so this sounded yummy to me, we will see what they say (if anything after all they are teenagers), bui I love them anyway.
    Your receipes come up on my facebook and I have checked out a couple of them.
    Look forward to trying this one. Thank for experimenting for us.

  18. Hi,
    I made the pumpkin spice snowballs today, and they are wonderful. Beautiful dough to work with. I used pumpkin pie spice instead of the individual, but won’t do that for subsequent batches (not crazy about cloves). My only suggestion would be to sift the powdered sugar that they are rolled in. Makes it easier as they are fragile. I broke two and had to “sacrifice” them. 😉Yummy! Thank you for this lovely recipe!
    Joanne (Ohio)

  19. This is a Christmas tradition at our home but excited to try the spice one good to share with others during Thanksgiving and Halloween too and I also saw some of your others that look yummy too? Thanks Linda from California

  20. Hi, this is the first time I’ve been here. The pumpkin spice snowball cookies sound really yummy. I will definitely have to try them.

  21. I am definitely going to try this! I love Russian Teacakes. Never thought to flavor them. Now I have a brainstorm hitting me! Mini M&M’s, Butterfinger pieces…Oh My! The possibilities are endless! I’m gonna have to test drive these options. Christmas cookies are getting a makeover 😁
    Thank you for sharing!

  22. Making these for a Penn State football tailgate this weekend.  LET’S GO STATE!  Beat OSU!

  23. I am not a very good cook or baker, but these cookies look delicious so I will give them a try. Thank you.

  24. Fall is here and I can’t wait to try these. Thank you for posting all these great snowball cookie recipes. I want to try them all!

  25. Made these today and they are awesome! But just FYI, you have nutmeg in the ingredients, but never mention them in the instructions. I added it when I added the other spices, but thought you might need to correct the recipe. If I missed it, I apologize!!

  26. I found you looking for pumpkin melt away teacookies wedding, Russian etc for my holiday cookie tray and family cookie gifts. I am definitely going to try your Funfetti wedding cookies. I used to be a gourmet buyer and remember a small seattle-based company that made pumpkin spice meltaways and we sold them in a beautiful pumpkin ceramic cookie jar. I’ll be looking out for you recipes because I’m following you now thanks again

  27. Could I add marciano cherries to the mixture and would I have to roll them in conf. sugar to dry them and not have them fall to the bottom?

  28. My granddaughter loves pumpkin so I’m always looking for new recipes we can bake together. She loves these snowballs. Thanks!!!

  29. Snowball—-what pumpkin—I will definitely make for thanksgiving at the favorite cousins house!

  30. These sound delicious, but I wanted to comment that pumpkin absolutely has a flavor. It’s just that people don’t usually use very much of it. I’ve made both pumpkin pies and muffins without pumpkin spice, and they’re delicious and pumpkiny. But it’s not the same flavor as pumpkin spice, obviously. So anyway…my two cents. 😊

  31. Making these tomorrow!

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