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Key Lime Snowball Cookies

Key Lime Snowball Cookies

  • Author: My Homemade Roots
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: about 50 cookies 1x


These Key Lime Snowball Cookies are a tropical twist on classic snowball cookies. With a burst of citrusy goodness and a dusting of powdered sugar, these cookies will melt in your mouth and leave you craving for more. These sweet and tangy treats are the perfect bite-sized treat for holidays or any occasion.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons finely-grated lime zest (34 tablespoons for more lime flavor)
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar


  1. Heat oven to 325°F
  2. In a dry skillet, lightly toast pecans on the stovetop over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Be sure not to burn them. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and lime zest.
  4. Toss the pecans, flour, and salt together. Mix this into the creamed butter and sugar mixture until well combined.
  5. Scoop dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 16-17 minutes, or until they are lightly browned on the bottom of the cookie.
  7. While the cookies are still warm, roll them in the powdered sugar and set them aside to fully cool.
  8. When cookies are completely cool, roll again in powdered sugar.
  9. Dust with extra powdered sugar and lime zest before serving.
  10. Store in an airtight container, or freeze.
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Keywords: Christmas cookies, tropical holiday cookies, Key Lime recipes