Snowball cookies

Snowball cookies, also known as Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies, are delightful buttery cookies coated in powdered sugar. Here’s a simple recipe to make these delicious treats:


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


1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Cream Butter and Sugar:

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add Vanilla:

  • Add the vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well.

4. Combine Dry Ingredients:

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

5. Gradually Add Flour Mixture:

  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined.

6. Add Nuts:

  • Fold in the finely chopped nuts until evenly distributed in the dough.

7. Shape Cookies:

  • Take small portions of the dough and roll them into 1-inch balls. Place them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving a little space between each.

8. Bake:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly golden. The tops should not brown.

9. Cool:

  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.

10. Coat with Powdered Sugar:

  • While the cookies are still warm, roll them in powdered sugar to coat generously. Place them back on the wire rack to cool completely.

11. Second Coating (Optional):

  • Once cooled, you can give the cookies a second coating of powdered sugar for a snowy appearance.

12. Serve:

  • Serve these delicious snowball cookies on a festive platter and enjoy!

These Snowball Cookies are perfect for holiday celebrations or any time you crave a melt-in-your-mouth buttery treat. Adjust the amount of powdered sugar to coat based on your preference. Store them in an airtight container, and they’ll keep well for several days.

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