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Snowball Cookies

As a child I learned how to make these simple cookies for the holidays. Of course children never call anything by the correct name, which was the case with Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes. I knew these were the correct names but really, isn't snowball a much more fitting name? Love that powdered sugar coating! This is one cookie that you can make with your children at whatever altitude and they will always turn out right. I hope you enjoy the recipe my mother taught me. I'm sure it is located in some cookbook somewhere (or in many cookbooks everywhere) but here is our family's recipe.

Snowball Cookies

1 C. butter softened
1/2 C. confectioners (powdered) sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 C. finely chopped nuts ( I use walnuts, but pecans are also good)

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix throughly butter, sugar, and vanilla. Mix first then work in flour, salt, and nuts until dough holds together.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown. While warm, roll in confectioners sugar. Cool. Roll in confectioners sugar again (this is the best step if you are a kid, or kid-at-heart!). When the first layer melts into the cookie it is like icing, so the more powder, the more SNOW!

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


  1. Gah! I am SOOOO glad you posted the "Snowball Cookie" recipe- i was just telling Matt that these are what I consider "My Mom's" Christmas Cookie...but I really wanted your actual recipe! Yay!

  2. Our tradition is "lemon Snowballs." Same recipe except that you substitute lemon extract for the vanilla (make it a most generous tsp.) and add 2 tbls grated lemon peel, or as the real cooks say "zest of lemon." As kids we would make lemonade with the left over lemons - now I make Lemon Drops.

  3. Great idea, Liz! Now tell us about your lemon drops! Candy or drink?

  4. Lemon drop (The Drink)
    Sugar the rim of martini glass, mix over ice - lemon juice, simple syrup (or just a little sugar), and citrus vodka. Pour into glass and add a lemon twist. Drink and repeat.