Snowball cookies


  • 1 cup (226 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered sugar, plus more for coating
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (90 grams) finely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, or almonds work well)


  1. Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Baking Sheet:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Mix the Butter and Sugar:
    • In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. Combine the Dry Ingredients:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and salt.
  4. Make the Dough:
    • Gradually blend the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
    • Stir in the chopped nuts.
    • If the dough is too soft, you can chill it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to make it easier to handle.
  5. Shape the Cookies:
    • Scoop out teaspoons of the dough and roll them into balls.
    • Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet, spaced about an inch apart.
  6. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bottoms are just starting to brown and the cookies are set.
  7. Coat with Powdered Sugar:
    • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool slightly on the baking sheet.
    • While still warm, roll them in additional powdered sugar. Then, let them cool on a wire rack.
  8. Final Coating:
    • Once the cookies are completely cool, roll them in powdered sugar again to get that classic snowy look.
  9. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Snowball cookies are ready to be served once they’ve been double-coated with powdered sugar.


  • For the nuts, you can use a food processor to chop them finely, but be careful not to turn them into nut flour.
  • Make sure the cookies are warm, not hot, when rolling them in powdered sugar the first time; if they’re too hot, the sugar will melt.
  • If you want to make them in advance, these cookies store well in an airtight container and are also freezer-friendly.

Enjoy your homemade snowball cookies with a cup of tea or coffee, or as a festive treat during the holiday season!

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