Snowball Cookies

Recipe Information

Total Time: 

1 hour


30 (60 cookies)

These are a favorite cookie, beloved by kids and adults alike. The powdered sugar makes the buttery little morsels look like snow.


  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 pound butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • powdered sugar for coating, about half a cup


  1. Toast the nuts on a sheet pan for 10 minutes at 350⁰F, then move to a rack to cool completely. Use a food processor to grind to a fine mince, being careful not to over-process into nut butter. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper and reserve.
  2. In a stand mixer, or a bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter, salt, vanilla and powdered sugar until very fluffy. Add the nuts and mix, then sift the flour over the top and stir in. Form 1-inch balls of dough and place on prepared sheet pans. Bake in the 350⁰F oven for 12-15 minutes, switching the position of the pans between upper and lower oven racks halfway through.
  3. Cool on racks on pans until the cookies are firm enough to transfer to racks to cool. When cooled completely, roll in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Tips & Notes

For a chocolate version, substitute 1/2 cup cocoa for 1/2 cup of the flour and proceed.

Nutritional Information

123 calories, 9 g. fat, 16 mg. cholesterol, 74 mg. sodium, 10 g. carbohydrate, 0 g. fiber, 2 g. protein