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★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Sandra McGrath
Harrisville, RI

This cookie has been called by many names... Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies. My mother would just call them snowballs. There are also many ways to make them but here is the recipe that I use.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

At some point, everyone has this type of cookie during the holiday season on a cookie tray. One taste and these snowballs will bring you back to being a kid during Christmas. They're buttery and similar to a pecan sandie but with a little more crunch. The cookie itself is not overly sweet and rolling in powdered sugar adds the right amount of sweetness. A pretty addition to a holiday table.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
serves about 20 cookies
prep time 10 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For snowballs

  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
    butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 2 1/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 pinch
  • 1/2 - 3/4 c
    chopped walnuts or pecans

How To Make snowballs

  • Creaming together butter, sugar, and vanilla.
    Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla.
  • Flour and salt added to the bowl.
    Add flour and salt; mix well. The mixture will be dry and crumbly.
  • Folding in nuts.
    Fold in nut of choice.
  • Scooping out the dough.
    Scoop out about a tablespoon at a time.
  • Squeezing mixture into a ball.
    Squeeze the mixture together and roll into a ball.
  • Balls of dough on a baking sheet.
    Place balls on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Snowballs baking in the oven.
    Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  • Rolling snowballs in confectioners' sugar.
    When done, cool and roll each ball in confectioners' sugar. Some recipes say to roll in sugar while warm but I find the sugar can get wet and soggy. You be the judge!