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Snowball Cookies

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5 from 7 reviews


Buttery, tender soft snowball cookies filled with walnuts, wrapped in a lightly sweet layer of powdered sugar. Festive treat for the holiday season!



Tools Needed

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • ¾ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, chopped and softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

“Snow” Coating

  • ½ cup to 1 cup powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir together flour, walnuts, and salt in a medium bowl, until well mixed.
  3. Add butter to a stand mixer. Beat on high until smooth.
  4. Reduce speed to medium, adding granulated sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Set mixer on low and slowly add in the dry mixture until well combined. Once combined, the dough will be a crumbly meal—not to worry, this is expected.
  6. Using a small cookie scoop, drop firmly packed balls of dough onto the cookie sheet spaced evenly apart. Use your fingers to press together any loose bits and smooth out any rough edges, forming rounded spheres with flat bottoms.
  7. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until golden just on the bottom. Mine took 12 minutes.
  8. Allow cookies to cool directly on the baking sheet for about 6 minutes, until firm enough to move to a cooling rack.
  9. Cool for about 2-3 more minutes, then it’s time to roll! While cookies are cool enough to touch, but still warm, roll in a shallow, rimmed bowl filled with powdered sugar.
  10. Optional, but recommended: Once cooled, give the cookies a second coat by rolling again in powdered sugar. Enjoy!


Storing Instructions: Allow cookies to cool completely, then store in an airtight container in a cool, dark environment for up to 6 days. Tip: the more humid the environment, the shorter the amount of time the cookies will last.

Freezing Instructions: Cool cookies completely, then store in a freezer-friendly container for 1-3 months in the freezer.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican, Italian