Snow Balls Recipe


Snow Balls are delightful, melt-in-your-mouth cookies perfect for the holiday season or any time you’re craving a sweet treat. These buttery cookies coated in powdered sugar resemble little snowballs, making them a festive addition to any dessert table.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for coating
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc.)


  1. Preparation:
    • Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mixing the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Stir in the vanilla extract.
    • Gradually add the flour and salt to the bowl, mixing until well combined.
    • Fold in the chopped nuts until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  3. Shaping the Cookies:
    • Take a small amount of dough (about a teaspoonful) and roll it between your palms to form a small ball.
    • Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a little space between each one.
  4. Baking:
    • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes or until they are set but not browned.
  5. Coating:
    • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the sheet.
    • While the cookies are still warm, roll them gently in powdered sugar until they are coated all over, resembling snowballs. Alternatively, you can place some powdered sugar in a shallow dish and roll the cookies in it.
  6. Cooling:
    • Once coated, transfer the snowball cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Additional Coating:
    • Once fully cooled, you can give them an additional coating of powdered sugar if desired.

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Calories: 120 kcal per serving (2 cookies)
  • Yield: Approximately 24 cookies
  • Diet: Vegetarian
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Category: Cookies
  • Serving Size: 2 cookies
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 35mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg


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These Snow Balls are not only delicious but also fun to make, especially during the holiday season. With their festive appearance and irresistible flavor, they’re sure to become a family favorite. Enjoy these delightful treats with a cup of hot cocoa or your favorite warm beverage.


  1. Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter?
    • Yes, you can use salted butter, but you may want to reduce the amount of salt in the recipe to balance the flavor.
  2. Can I omit the nuts from the recipe?
    • Yes, you can omit the nuts if you have allergies or simply prefer not to include them. The cookies will still be delicious without them.
  3. How should I store leftover Snow Balls?
    • Store leftover Snow Balls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
  4. Can I freeze the cookie dough for later use?
    • Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough. Roll the dough into balls and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer the dough balls to a freezer bag or container and store them for up to three months. Bake them directly from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.
  5. Can I use a different type of sugar for coating the cookies?
    • Yes, you can use granulated sugar or sanding sugar for coating the cookies if you prefer. However, powdered sugar works best for achieving the snowy appearance.

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