Snowball Cookies

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.

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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

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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.

 

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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!

Ingredients:

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • walnuts
  • vanilla

 

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.

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Snowball Cookies

A buttery and delicious cookie that will have you making them all winter long, and they disappear off the cookie plate as if the sun is melting snow on a warm winter day
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Diane Schmidt, Created by Diane

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
 

 

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11 Comments

    1. There should be no spreading, there is no leveling. If your cookie dough gets warm after filling it into balls you can always refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes before baking. Also when you try new recipes maybe bake 4 cookies first to see how your oven, and your baking sheet bake them.
      Happy Baking!

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