Snowball Cookies Recipe

Snow Ball Cookies Recipe

What says Christmas better than the classic Snowball Cookies I remember as a child? All that buttery, sweet, sugary goodness. Just what I needed to perk me up and put me into the Christmas mood.

Sweet buttery snowball cookies

So, I headed straight for my recipe box. This recipe holds so many Christmas memories. Just a few simple ingredients and my holiday baking begins. Snowball cookies are a classic plain, with nuts, chocolate chip, almonds. Just a basic cookie recipe that never goes out of style.

snowball cookies baked to just slightly golden on the bottom

Simply roll the dough into 1″ balls and bake to slightly brown on the bottom. Depending on your oven, anywhere from 7 – 10 minutes.

powdered sugar gives these snowball cookies their name.

Snowball cookies get their name because you roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar. Then they are rolled in the sugar again after they have cooled.

It doesn’t take long for these bite sized cookies to cool.

Snowball Cookies Recipe

1 Cup unsalted butter

1/2 Cup powdered Sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 Cups Flour

1/4 tsp. salt

Additional powdered sugar for rolling


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  1. Mix butter vanilla and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt.
  3. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until a soft dough is formed.
  4. scoop dough to form 1″ balls and place about 1″ apart on cookie sheet. ( if dough is too soft, chill in fridge)
  5. Bake 7-8 minutes until cookies are set and bottoms slightly brown. (I continued baking 1 min. at a time until the desired golden color was achieved)
  6. Let sit for a minute after taking out of oven then take the warm cookies and roll into powdered sugar and place of rack to cool.
  7. After cookies are cool, roll again in powdered sugar.

snowball cookies all dressed up

Snowball cookies are picture perfect and hard to resist. As a matter of fact, I was happy to get some pictures. My family was ready to eat them up before the second coating of powdered sugar!

Picture perfect snowball cookies

Another addition to my holiday decor. Just like my pretty Angel Tree, these will adorn my dining room on Christmas. I can’t wait to finish my decor and bake some more Christmas treats.

**** I am so happy with the way my pictures came out for this post! I used my portable photo studio for these pics. I’m telling you, there was very little editing needed. I think there’s a big improvement over some previous recipe posts like Swig Cookies and Chocolate Zucchini Bread. The recipes are great but until I made my photo studio, the lighting was way off.

Happy Baking!


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20 thoughts on “Snowball Cookies Recipe

  1. Ooooh, I’m both glad and horrified that I found this recipe. I couldn’t remember the name of this cookie but it’s one of my favorites. I just can’t stop eating them because of the way they melt in your mouth. I think I gained my Freshman 15 from these cookies alone – my roommate had a container of them from her family. I’ll definitely be making these! Pinning for later! Visiting from Home Matters Link Up

  2. This would make a great gift! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I always thought it was complicated to do. You make it seem to easy!

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