Snowball Cookies

Cinnamon Snowball Cookies Recipe – These bite-sized delights crumble in your mouth, revealing a buttery, nutty perfection. With a snowy dusting of powdered sugar, they’re a sweet and velvety treat that’s perfect for cozy gatherings and holiday festivities. Butter, sugar, pecans, cinnamon, vanilla, flour, and powdered sugar. Easy to make and even easier to eat!

Post updated November 13, 2023

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These Snowball Cookies are a must for your holiday cookie tray! They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious! A sweet, crumbly texture of buttery perfection! The way they crumble ever so gently, revealing their nutty goodness, is pure cookie bliss. And that snowy blanket of powdered sugar on the outside? It’s like a sweet, sugary hug that wraps around each cookie, adding a touch of sweetness that’s simply irresistible. They leave you craving just one more – or maybe a whole handful. One thing’s for sure: their delightful taste will leave you coming back for more, making them a beloved treat for any occasion.

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How to Make Snowball Cookies

These holiday cookies are effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, salt, finely chopped pecans, and all-purpose flour. Mix on low speed until a dough forms.

Using a small cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough and place it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown. Remove cookies to a wire rack and cool slightly. Roll cookies in powdered sugar. Cool completely and roll the cookies in powdered sugar again.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can make the cookies in the bowl of an electric stand mixer or in a bowl with a handheld electric mixer.
    • The dough will be crumbly. Make sure to keep mixing until it comes together.
  • You can use any nuts that you enjoy. Finely chop the nuts in a food processor.
    • pecans
    • walnuts
    • pistachios
    • almonds
    • cashews
  • Variations/Additions:
    • mini chocolate chips
    • crushed cornflakes
    • coconut
    • almond extract
  • I add cinnamon to the cookie dough. Cinnamon isn’t a traditional ingredient, but it adds so much flavor!
  • Are Snowballs and Mexican Wedding Cookies the same thing? These cookies have many names. Russian tea cakes, Italian wedding cookies, butter balls, Mexican wedding cookies, and snowballs are all similar cookies with just slight variations.
  • Can I freeze powdered sugar-covered cookies? Yes! Place the cookies in a freezer bag and freeze up to 4 months. When ready to serve, thaw and roll in powdered sugar.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
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How to Serve Snowball Cookies

This is one of our all-time favorite Christmas cookies. For festive holiday parties, arrange them on a beautiful platter, creating a snowy landscape of sweet delights. Their bite-sized nature makes them perfect for popping into your mouth while mingling with friends and family. If you’re part of a cookie exchange, package them up in cute, holiday-themed boxes or bags. Tie a ribbon around each one for that extra touch of charm. And if you’re looking to spread some holiday cheer with homemade gifts, consider placing these delightful cookies in a mason jar, with a handwritten note and you’ve got a heartfelt, edible gift that’s sure to bring smiles. Whether you’re serving them at a party, sharing with fellow cookie enthusiasts, or giving them as homemade presents, snowball cookies are a sweet and sentimental way to celebrate the season.

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Snowball Cookies

Yield: 48 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cinnamon Snowball Cookies Recipe – These bite-sized delights crumble in your mouth, revealing a buttery, nutty perfection. With a snowy dusting of powdered sugar, they're a sweet and velvety treat that's perfect for cozy gatherings and holiday festivities. Butter, sugar, pecans, cinnamon, vanilla, flour, and powdered sugar. Easy to make and even easier to eat!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Beat together butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until lightened and creamy. Add vanilla extract and salt; beat to combine.
  • Add flour and chopped pecans, and mix on low until incorporated.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop dough and shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned.
  • Allow cookies to cool slightly on a wire rack. Roll each cookie in powdered sugar.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely, and roll them again in powdered sugar before serving.

Notes:

  • You can make the cookies in the bowl of an electric stand mixer or in a bowl with a handheld electric mixer.
    • The dough will be crumbly. Make sure to keep mixing until it comes together.
  • You can use any nuts that you enjoy. Finely chop the nuts in a food processor.
    • pecans
    • walnuts
    • pistachios
    • almonds
    • cashews
  • Variations/Additions:
    • mini chocolate chips
    • crushed cornflakes
    • coconut
    • almond extract
  • I add cinnamon to the cookie dough. Cinnamon isn’t a traditional ingredient, but it adds so much flavor!
  • Are Snowballs and Mexican Wedding Cookies the same thing? These cookies have many names. Russian tea cakes, Italian wedding cookies, butter balls, Mexican wedding cookies, and snowballs are all similar cookies with just slight variations.
  • Can I  powdered sugar-covered cookies? Yes! Place the cookies in a freezer bag and freeze up to 4 months. When ready to serve, thaw and roll in powdered sugar.

Steph

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