Snowball Cookies, more traditionally known as Italian Wedding Cookies… these are a must on a dessert table, for Christmas cookie exchanges and to bake and ship to friends.
And a must-make all winter long!
These are easy to make and the kids can help because they don’t need to be perfect at all.
You have probably seen these types of cookies numerous times.
They are often known as
- Italian Tea Cake Cookies
- Russian Wedding Cookies
- Mexican Wedding Cookies
These cookies come together easily.
I use a stand mixer,
if you have trouble with the dough coming together if it does not seem moist or too crumbly to have it stick together. Add a tablespoon or two of heavy cream in the cookie dough. It will come together easily and make rolling into balls easier if the dough is too dry and crumbly (often this happens with store brand butter, it has a little more water) the dough should stick together easily when pinched.
I call them Snowballs, simply because they remind me of snowballs, and a whole plate full of them makes me think of making a bunch of snowballs as a kid getting ready for a big snowball fight!
Add whatever type of nut you like to these I use walnuts. But these can easily be made with pecans or almonds as well.
These are certainly more fun to eat than snow,
but they disappear as quickly as the snow does on a sunny day!
- powdered sugar
- all-purpose flour
Can I use a different nut in these cookies?
Absolutely! You can use pecans, pistachios, almonds, or macadamias, and if you want an alternative to nuts use mini chocolate chips.
Check out these other delicious cookie recipes:
- Pecan Lassies
- Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cookies all with one dough
- Chocolate Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies
- rosette cookies
- 1 1/2 cups butter
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups ground walnuts
- 4 teaspoons vanilla
- additional 1/2 cup powdered sugar to roll warm cookies in.
- *if you have trouble with the dough coming together if it does not seem moist or too crumbly to have it stick together. Add a tablespoon or two of heavy cream in the cookie dough. It will come together easily and make rolling into balls easier if the dough is too dry and crumbly often this happens with store brand butter, it has more water
- In the bowl of a mixer beat butter until smooth.
- Add in the powdered sugar and blend,
- Next, mix in the flour, salt, nuts, and vanilla and blend on a medium-high speed until it's all combined well.
- Use a tablespoon size scoop of dough and roll them into balls.
- Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 325 for 15 minutes.
- When the cookies are just cool to the touch, roll them in the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. You can roll them twice, you want them to be fully coated in powdered sugar.