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Snowballs Cookies

Dive into the festive season with our easy, affordable, and delectable Snowball Cookies recipe. These almond-flavored delights are perfect for Christmas gifting and holiday treat tables. Discover the joy of baking with simple ingredients!
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Snowballs Cookies
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep 20 minutes
  • Cook 20 minutes
  • Servings 15 cookies

Embrace the Christmas spirit with a homemade batch of heavenly Snowball Cookies! These aren’t just any holiday treats; they’re little morsels of joy, perfect for sharing with loved ones. Made with a tender, crumbly shortbread base and highlighted by the subtle bliss of almonds and a whisper of lemon zest, these cookies are festively delightful in their snowy simplicity.

Snowball Cookies, often known as Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies, are delightful little confections that make a frequent appearance during the festive season, particularly at Christmas. These cookies are celebrated globally, cherished for their simplicity, elegance, and exquisite flavor, making them a perennial favorite across generations and borders.

At first glance, Snowball Cookies look exactly as their name suggests: small, round balls resembling soft snowballs. Their most striking characteristic is their snowy-white exterior, generously dusted with powdered sugar, which gives them a festive, wintry appearance. Typically, they are about an inch in diameter, though they can be made smaller or larger depending on personal preference.

Though simple in ingredients, Snowball Cookies are rich in flavor. The primary taste is a buttery sweetness, complemented by the nutty undertones of almond or pecan pieces that many recipes include. The powdered sugar coating adds sweetness, but it’s a delicate, not overwhelming, sugary touch. Some variations incorporate vanilla or almond extracts, adding depth to the cookie’s flavor profile, while others use a hint of citrus zest to provide a subtle, refreshing contrast to the rich buttery-nutty taste.

Our Snowball Cookies recipe is not only budget-friendly but also incredibly easy to follow, making your holiday baking an absolute breeze. Presented elegantly in a vintage tin or colorful paper ramekins, they transform into luxurious pastries ideal for five o’clock tea or as charming Christmas presents.


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  1. To prepare the dough for your Snowballs Cookies take a bowl and put in the chopped butter and powdered sugar and mix until smooth and malleable.

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  2. Add the egg yolk, grated lemon zest, and milk and mix again until well blended.

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  3. Now add the sifted flour, almond flour and stir quickly with a spoon.

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  4. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured pastry board and knead with your hands until smooth and firm. Form into a ball, wrap it with plastic wrap and place it to rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Break off small pieces of dough and with your hands form many balls of the same size (about the size of a walnut), then place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and let rest again in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes. Then bake in a preheated oven at 360°F (180°C) for 15-20 minutes.

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  5. Bake the Snowball Cookies and let them cool completely, then sprinkle them generously with powdered sugar.

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  6. Once well coated with powdered sugar the Snowball Cookies are ready to be served and enjoyed.

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To flavor these white cookies, replace the lemon zest with vanilla extract or lime zest for a more exotic touch.


Store the Snowball Cookies sealed in a tin box for a couple of days.