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Snowball Cookies

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I love the holidays. It is a great time to bust out all of those holiday cookie recipes. A popular holiday cookie here in the United States is snowball cookies.

They go perfect on a plate of goodies that you can hand out to friends, neighbors, and family members. And the best part is, they only require 6 ingredients and can be made in under 30 minutes. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

What are snowball cookies?

Several snowball cookies on a wooden cutting board.

Snowball cookies or Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies are kind of like a sugar cookie mixed with a shortbread cookie with finely chopped nuts, shaped into a ball, and rolled in powdered sugar.

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Several cookie ingredients in glass bowls on top of a wooden cutting board.

In order to make these yummy homemade snowball cookies you just need the following simple ingredients:

  • Butter – I always use unsalted butter, but you can use salted too if you like. If you use salted, just make sure to reduce the amount of added salt by half.
  • Vanilla extract – This adds lots of flavor and enhances the other flavors.
  • Powdered sugar – The powdered sugar will add sweetness. Although these cookies aren’t incredibly sweet, in my opinion, even once they are rolled in powdered sugar.
  • Nuts – I always use pecans, but you can use walnuts, peanuts, etc.
  • Flour – Use all-purpose/plain flour. Do not use self-rising flour. These are not supposed to have any leavening agents in them.
  • Salt – The salt will enhance the flavor and balance out the sweetness.

Tools

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer or wooden spoon (and whisk)
  • Spatula
  • Cookie sheet or sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Small bowl for powdered sugar
  • Wire rack

Step 2: How to make snowball cookies at home

Hand mixer creaming butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 400F/205C. Make sure the main rack is in the middle position.

Add the softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to a large bowl and cream those ingredients together with a mixer.

NOTE: Use a whisk if you don’t have a mixer and once you start adding the flour, switch to a wooden spoon.

Chopped pecans added to a large glass bowl with creamed butter and sugar.

Now mix in the chopped pecans. You can use walnuts or peanuts too if you like.

Step 3: Finish the snowball cookies dough and bake those cookies!

Large bowl of snowball cookies dough.

Combine the salt with the flour. Then mix the flour mixture in a little at a time until the cookie dough forms. The cookie dough will be thick. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.

Remove the beaters and clean them.

Hand scooping snowball cookie dough

Use a tablespoon and scoop out a heaping amount of the snowball cookie dough. Then roll it in your hands. It winds up being a two Tablespoon worth ball. Place the cookie ball on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Baked snowball cookies

Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the bottom is slightly golden brown. You will notice it on the edges. The tops may look slightly brown too.

Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes on the pan.

Step 4: They seem me Rollin’ those cookies…

Finished homemade snowball cookies rolled in powdered sugar.

Now roll the cookies in a bowl of powdered sugar and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.

NOTE: The powdered sugar sticks better to warm cookies. So don’t wait until the cookies are completely cool to roll them.

Once completely cooled, time to eat them! Enjoy!

How long do snowball cookies last?

Snowball cookies will last about a week at room temperature stored in a plastic ziplock bag or an airtight container. They will last about a week longer in the fridge. You can also freeze the cookies. Or freeze the dough and bake them later. After forming them into a ball place them on a pan and put them in the freezer. After about an hour you can take them off the pan and put them in a freezer bag, then back in the freezer.

Easy homemade snowball cookies pin for Pinterest.
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Here are other holiday desserts you may like:

Christmas Crack

Peppermint Bark

Peanut Brittle

Candied Pecans

Stained Glass Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

several homemade snowball cookies on a cutting board
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Snowball Cookies

These homemade snowball cookies are great. If you like sugar cookies and shortbread cookies you will love these!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Russian
Keyword: Christmas, Holidays, sweet
Servings: 24 people
Calories: 162kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer or wooden spoon (and whisk)
  • Spatula
  • Cookie sheet or sheet pan
  • parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Small bowl for powdered sugar
  • Wire rack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter softened (227g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract 7ml
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar 65g
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans walnuts, peanuts, etc. (112g)
  • 2 1/4 cup flour 270g
  • 1 tsp salt 5g
  • Extra powdered sugar for rolling the cookies in. about 1 cup

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F/205C. Make sure the main rack is in the middle position.
  • Add the softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to a large bowl and cream those ingredients together with a mixer.
  • Now mix in the chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, peanuts, etc.)
  • Combine the salt with the flour. Then mix the flour mixture in a little at a time until the cookie dough forms. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.
  • Scoop a heaping tablespoon worth of dough and roll it into a ball with clean hands and place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the bottom is slightly golden brown. You will notice it on the edges. The tops may look slightly brown too.
  • Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes on the pan.
  • Roll the cookies in a bowl of powdered sugar and place them on a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Video

How to Make Snowball Cookies | Easy Snowball Cookie Recipe

Notes

list of nutritional facts for snowball cookies
NOTE: The powdered sugar sticks better to warm cookies. So don’t wait until the cookies are completely cool to roll them.

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These cookies are so good! My kids really enjoyed them! Can’t wait to make it again!

  2. Tracey Giordano

    5 stars
    These are my favorite cookies! I am making some more tomorrow!

  3. 5 stars
    My family has always loved snowball cookies! My kids love the powdered sugar! I like adding these to goodie plates.

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