Almond Shortbread Snowballs

Tamara Bonneru


Ya know those great shortbread cookies that they sell in the metal tins at Christmas time that everyone eats first? Well these are a ton better than those! The toasting almonds make your home smell amazing and the flavor of the finished cookie is ohhhh so good.


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2-3 dozen depending on the size you make them.
15 Min
15 Min


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  • 1/2 c
    slivered almonds
  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • ·
    parchment paper

How to Make Almond Shortbread Snowballs


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Bake almonds in a single layer in shallow pan 6 minutes or til toasted and fragrant, stir once half way through. Cool completely. Reduce oven to 325.
  2. Process almonds in food processor until finely ground. About 30 seconds.
  3. Beat butter at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add vanilla and 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat well. Dough should be crumbly but if it's not, don't worry about it. It's likely due to your altitude and will be crumbly after the next step.
  4. Combine flour, salt and almonds: gradually add to butter mixture. Beating until well blended.
    Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 325 for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks. Cool 10 minutes more and roll in 1/2 cup powdered sugar.

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About Almond Shortbread Snowballs

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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