Snowball Cookies

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Introduction: Snowball Cookies

About: Hello and Welcome to In the Kitchen With Matt. I am your host Matt Taylor. My goal for the show is to teach you how to cook really good food at home for cheap. Eating out everyday can get expensive, but it doe…

In this Instructable, I will show you how to make snowball cookies. This easy snowball cookie recipe only requires 6 ingredients. It is kind of like a blend between a sugar cookie and a shortbread cookie, but with nuts on the inside and rolled in powdered sugar. Snowball cookies are popular here in the States around the holidays. They are incredibly simple to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let's get baking!

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Follow the super simple steps below or watch the short video tutorial, or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened (227g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract (7ml)
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar (65g)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans (walnuts, peanuts, etc.) (112g)
  • 2 1/4 cup flour (270g)
  • 1 tsp salt (5g)
  • Extra powdered sugar for rolling the cookies in. (about 1 cup)

Tools:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer or wooden spoon (and whisk)
  • Spatula
  • Cookie sheet or sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Small bowl for powdered sugar
  • Wire rack

Step 2: Cream Butter and Sugar

Preheat the oven to 400F/205C. Make sure the main rack is in the middle position.

Add the softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to a large bowl and cream those ingredients together with a mixer. Use a whisk if you don't have a mixer.

Step 3: Add the Nuts

Now mix in the chopped pecans. You can use walnuts or peanuts too if you like.

Step 4: Add the Flour

Combine the salt with the flour. Then mix the flour mixture in a little at a time until the cookie dough forms. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.

Remove the beaters and clean them.

NOTE: You can totally eat this cookie dough raw if you like. No eggs :)

Step 5: Scoop, Roll, Bake

Use a Tablespoon and scoop out a heaping amount. Then roll it in your hands. It winds up being a two Tablespoon worth ball. Place the cookie ball on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the bottom is slightly golden brown. You will notice it on the edges. The tops may look slightly brown too.

Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes on the pan.

Step 6: They See Me Rollin' Those Cookies...

Now roll the cookies in a bowl of powdered sugar and place them on a wire rack to cool completely. The powdered sugar sticks better to warm cookies. So don't wait until the cookies are completely cool to roll them.

Once completely cooled, time to eat them! Enjoy!

**Print the recipe here if you like.

Step 7: Video Tutorial

Watch those steps in action with this video tutorial. :)

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    16 Comments

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    clipclopsix
    clipclopsix

    17 days ago

    "Powdered sugar" is listed among the ingredients, but the video appears to use confection er's sugar. Some folk use the terms interchangeably, perhaps because manufacturers have curtailed the marketing of powdered sugar. Does it really make a difference?

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    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 17 days ago

    Hi there, powdered sugar is the same as confectioner's sugar and icing sugar. :)

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    clipclopsix
    clipclopsix

    Reply 17 days ago

    Perhaps in your world. I was raised with POWDERED sugar ground to a consistency finer than granulated, but coarser than confectionery sugar. But I'm really old.

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    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 17 days ago

    Everywhere in the United States. Powdered sugar and Confectioner's sugar are snynomous, it even has both words on the package. :)

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    stealexander98
    stealexander98

    Question 17 days ago

    Our grandchild is allergic to dairy products. Can we use vegan margarine instead of butter in this recipy?

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    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Answer 17 days ago

    hi there! I haven't tried it with vegan margarine, so I can't say for certain how it will turn out. It will probably be okay, but again, I don't know for sure.

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    RobertK255
    RobertK255

    17 days ago

    We call these Russian Tea Cakes, they are in the Betty Crocker Recipe book my parents have had since they were married 64 years ago ;)

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    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 17 days ago

    Yep that is another name for them as well as Mexican Wedding Cookies. :)

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    17 days ago

    Can also shape them into crescents - my mom used to make walnut crescent cookies like these.

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    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 17 days ago

    Awesome! Yeah you can shape them pretty much however you like, since they keep there shape when baking. Like sugar cookies and shortbread.

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    NerdyandLoveIt
    NerdyandLoveIt

    4 weeks ago

    Isn't there multiple names for these cookies? They remind me of Mexican Wedding cookies... Who knows?

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    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Yep there are multiple names for them. Mexican Wedding cookies is another name as well as Russian Tea Cakes. :)

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    crimes
    crimes

    4 weeks ago

    Love these, best Christmas cookie out there. Nice Work!!