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Snowball Cookie Recipe

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In this post, I share one of my many favorite Christmas cookie recipes.   This is the snowball cookie recipe that has many different names. A printable recipe and images showing how easy it is to make in this post.

Snowball Cookie Ingredients

The number one thing to remember is to ground the nut you decide to use up finely.  In today’s recipe, I am using walnuts because we have many on hand.  I have also used almond and pecan in this same basic recipe.  Be sure to ONLY USE FRESH ingredients.  You will need:

ground nuts
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Butter
  • Powder Sugar
  • Nuts

Don’t forget to scroll down for the details where a print format is available

I am using the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract by Nielsen-Masse that I purchased on Amazon.

Super excited to use this product in my baking this holiday season.  I LOVE IT!!!!  I give it 5 stars (highest rating) for its fresh and bold taste.  This product baked up amazing in this recipe giving the cookies an extra vanilla flavor and scent.

How to Make the Snowball Cookie

snowball cookies

Step 1 – heat oven to 325*F

Step 2- Cream the butter and sugar in your favorite mixing bowl.  I like using my KitchenAid mixer this time of year.  Add the vanilla and beat well.

add the flour

Step 3- Add flour and pecans (or walnuts), mixing on low speed, scraping bowl so that it gets mixed well.

Step 4- Make 1-inch dough balls that will be placed 1″ apart on a baking sheet.  I like to use parchment paper on my pan.

out of the oven snowball cookies

Step 5- Bake for 16-18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Step 6- Cool for about 5 minutes before rolling in powdered sugar while still warm and again when cool.

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Snowball Cookie Printable Recipe

Trust me, you’ll be using this recipe a lot once you see how easy it is to bake up. Add this in your own scrapbook or save a PDF copy on your hard drive. I share many of my favorite Christmas Cookies and Candies on my Pinterest.

This recipe was from one of my first cookie parties.  If you are new to baking during the holiday season you will love this recipe.  You will end up calling this your New Year, Easter, and maybe even Summer Vacation Cookie.  Any day is a holiday with these Russian Tea Cookies filled with sugar, butter, and nuts.

Snowball Cookie Recipe

Recipe by Bren HaasCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: easy




  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, divided

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F

  • Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer, and beat on high until creamy.

  • Add ½ cup of powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Start the mixer gently, then increase the speed to medium. Beat the butter and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the mixture is light and fluffy.

  • Add the vanilla extract and salt. Mix to combine.

  • Add ½ of the flour, mix to combine, and then add the rest of the flour. Mix just until combined.

  • Add the pecans, and mix again.

  • Roll the cookie dough into 24 (1-inch balls), then place them 1 inch apart on a baking sheet.

  • Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown on the bottom.

  • While the cookies are baking, place the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar into a medium-sized bowl.

  • Remove the cookies from the oven. While they are still warm, roll each cookie in the powdered sugar, and set them aside to cool. Roll the cookies in any remaining powdered sugar to form a second coat.
    Serve the cookies while warm or at room temperature.

    What is in a Snowball Cookie

    This tasty holiday treat is a form of jumble that is common in England during the Middle Ages. Jumbles are butter cookies.  Other names for this cookie include Mexican wedding cakes, Italian wedding cookies, Kourabiedes or greek wedding cookies, butterballs, and sometimes you will find snowball on a google search. The snowball cookie is made up of 4 ingredients. Flour, Butter, Sugar, and groundnuts. After the pastry is baked it is rolled in powdered sugar while it is still hot to coat the delicious cookie. Other recipes from around the world hazelnuts, almonds, and walnuts are common most likely because of the nut harvest. Mexican Wedding Cookies recipe uses finely chopped pecans. Get creative and use what nut you have on hand. We are lucky in the USA to have so many varieties of nuts available to use in baking year-round.

    Let’s Connect

    Tell me about your favorite Christmas or other Holiday Cookies by commenting on this post.  Have you made this cookie before?  Don’t be shy and share a comment on my site or reach out on the social media links provided.

    Happy Baking,

    Bren Haas

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