Nana's Italian Snowballs

Nana's Italian Snowballs Recipe

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Lisa Potenti


I bake these cookies in my Mother In Law's kitchen where I now reside since I married my hubby. Its an old Family recipe. I can still hear her say "what are you burning!@?" and I laugh out loud a little bit every time I think of it. I can also remember the day I used margarine instead of butter and she took one bite of the cookie and spit it out because it "wasn't right" - we now take no short cuts when it comes to making her italian cookies. It is by far our entire family's pride and joy. It brings her home and for a brief moment, its as though she never left.

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Makes 5 dozen
30 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


5 tsp
10 Tbsp
granulated sugar
4 c
1 tsp
4 stick
4 c
chopped nuts
1 box
powdered sugar


1Place butter in mixer and mix until soft.
2Gradually add sifted flower, salt and granulated sugar until evenly mixed.
3Add vanilla and chopped nuts until evenly mixed. (nuts are optional)
4Roll in balls or use a cookie scoop to place on ungreased cookie sheet. (Mix will be a bit sticky, not doughy, you can coat your hands with butter if you’re rolling them so that they don’t stick to your fingers.) These cookies do not expand a whole lot and thus they only need to be about 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.
5Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden.
6Allow cookies to cool completely. (They will fall apart if you try to touch them before they are cool)
7Once cookies are cool, roll them in powdered sugar and enjoy!

About Nana's Italian Snowballs

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom