Ever since I was a kid, these cookies have been known to me as “Puff Cookies”, they were always made for special occasions by my Mom and Aunt Eileen. These cookies are seen in almost every Italian Bakery in my neck of the woods. I’m sure you might recognize them by a different name, such as Crescents, or Butter Balls, Italian, and Mexican Wedding cookies and Russian Tea cakes. I’m sure there are many other names, but to me they will always be… Puff Cookies! Like little puffs of snow, they just melt in your mouth upon impact, they are truly one of my favorites!!!

We never made the Crescent shape, ours were always rolled into a ball, placed on an ungreased cookie sheet, and pressed in the middle with your thumb print. This creates a nice indention for all the powdered sugar to fall into. But this must be done right out of the oven, nice and hot so all the sugar sticks to them.

See how the powdered sugar sticks in the indentions? When you take a bite they instantly melt in your mouth!! Oh, they’re so good, you have to try them!

Here’s the recipe****

This makes quite a bit, but I’m sure you could cut everything in half. But why would you? You could always share them with your family and friends.

1lb. of unsalted butter at room temperature (very important)

4cups of un-bleached flour

2 teaspoons of good vanilla

8 teaspoons of granulated sugar ( that’s right, just 8)

3/4 cup of ground pecans which are totally optional, I’ve had them without and I like them just as much

A bowl filled with powdered sugar
Cream butter, add sugar and mix till light and fluffy. Next, add the flour and mix till all incorporated. Roll in balls and place on cookie sheet, and make a thumb print in each one.

Bake at 350 degreesF. for 20 min. Immediately roll into powdered sugar while hot, then let them cool on racks.

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  1. They do sound “melt in your mouth” good!!! I may just have to give them a try!

  2. Your just the cookie baking machine! I love these.

  3. Boy do I ever remember these! At a bakery where I used to work, we made hundreds, no make that thousands of these throughout the year. However instead of the pecans, we used small diced macadamia nuts (for that Hawaii touch). One of my favorite cookies to eat, although to make by hand is another thing entirely! 😉

  4. Wow they looks so delicious. Must have been delicious when u had them yumm

  5. Funny about the different names. We call these Sicilian Wedding Cookies. I love them too, Marie! So Good! Thanks for posting them 🙂

  6. These puff cookies sound really good.

  7. Marie – these look fab, so light and I can imagine they just melt in the mouth – yum!! Great pics too!! Have a fabulous Christmas:)


  8. Val, I hope you do, I’m sure you will like them!

    Glamah, I was on a roll, now I’m done!!!

    Rowena, Mmmmm, macadamia nuts, that would be so good!!

    Happy Cook, I keep very little, and give them all away. But yes, they were good!

    Maryann, yah, your right, they call them that too. I think every nationality has a version of these.

    Kevin, You got to try them!

    Lorraine, same to You, Bru,the Princess, and your MIL xxxxx!

  9. Oh man, these are so good! My aunt just made some!

  10. Do you now see why I told you to join the DBs in January? haha

  11. Jenndz, Sounds like you’ll be having lots of goodies!

    Maryann, You’re not kidding!! Maybe it was a blessing in disguise!

  12. they really look like thy will melt in your mouth. Very tempting ..:)

    Wish You n your family a Merry Christmas , and a Happy New Year.

  13. So festive! And the snowflake so very apropos for Chicago weather. Beautiful cookies for a White Christmas…

    Marie – Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  14. We called them snowballs; my mother used to make them when I was a kid. So delicious!

  15. lori lynn, thanks and same to you!

    Lisa, Snowballs, yes I heard them called that before. They just melt in your mouth just like snow!

  16. These are sitting on my cooling racks waiting for our cookie exchange later today.

    They are absolutely delicious, and they really do melt in your mouth!

  17. I would name them Sicilian Snowballs. Going to try them. They look delicious.

  18. When do you add the vanilla…guessing with the butter right?

  19. These are now on my cooking baking list for tomorrow!

  20. Make these every year…so good. Slightly different recipe, but similar enough. I toast the nuts before grinding them. Addictive.

  21. These sound wonderful – it’s that butter and the disappearing factor!

  22. Can they be frozen? Thanks! Cannot wait to try!