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Deliciously Irresistible: The Ultimate Guide to Making Perfect Snowball Cookies

Craving a sweet treat that melts in your mouth? Look no further than our ultimate guide to making perfect snowball cookies! These delectable morsels are the epitome of winter indulgence, with their delicate powdered sugar coating and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating these mouthwatering treats. From choosing the right ingredients to mastering the art of perfectly rounded cookie dough, our tips and tricks will ensure that your snowball cookies turn out irresistibly delicious every time.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, our guide has got you covered. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions and helpful illustrations, you’ll be whipping up a batch of these snowy delights in no time.

So grab your baking supplies and get ready to impress friends and family with your snowball cookie skills. Get ready to savor the aroma of freshly baked cookies wafting through your kitchen as you create the perfect holiday treat. Let’s dive in and make some snowball cookies that are simply irresistible!

Snowball cookies are the perfect holiday treat.  These powdered sugar cookies are a delicious Christmas cookie.

Ingredients for Snowball Cookies

  • 4 1/2 Cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Butter (equivalent to 4 cubes of butter)
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Nuts of Choice I Prefer Walnuts

Powdered Sugar Coating

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Snowball Cookies

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (176°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I like to use 2 baking sheets and keep them on rotation to where one is in the oven cooking while I am adding cookies to be baked to the other.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla extract and salt and mix until well combined.
  • Gradually add the flour, mixing just until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Gently fold in the finely chopped nuts until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Place the Snowball Cookie dough into a refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to chill.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop take small portions of the dough and roll them into 1-inch balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake the cookies for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly golden.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet.
  • While the cookies are still warm, roll them in powdered sugar until fully coated. Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Once the cookies are completely cool, roll them in powdered sugar again for an extra snowy appearance.
This snowball cookies recipe is a Christmas Cookie made with powdered sugar and chopped pecans.

Tips for Perfect Snowball Cookies

– Make sure the butter is softened but not melted. Room temperature butter will cream more easily with the powdered sugar, resulting in a smoother dough.

– Sift the powdered sugar before measuring to avoid any lumps in the dough.

– If you prefer a more pronounced nutty flavor, lightly toast the chopped nuts before adding them to the dough.

– Don’t skip the chilling step! Refrigerating the dough for at least 30 minutes will make it easier to roll into balls and help the cookies retain their shape during baking.

– When rolling the dough into balls, apply gentle pressure to avoid compacting the dough too much. The cookies should be tender and crumbly.

Variations of Snowball Cookies

While the classic snowball cookies are a delightful treat on their own, you can also experiment with different flavors and add-ins to create your own variations:

1. Chocolate Snowball Cookies: Add cocoa powder to the dough for a rich and chocolaty twist. You can also mix in chocolate chips for extra indulgence. I have also used mini M&M’s and they were delicious.

2. Lemon Snowball Cookies: Substitute some of the vanilla extract with lemon zest for a refreshing and tangy flavor. When I do this I will use almonds instead of walnuts or pecans. I find that using Almonds in the lemon snowball cookies pairs perfectly.

3. Almond Snowball Cookies: Replace the chopped nuts with finely ground almonds and add a touch of almond extract to the dough.

4. Coconut Snowball Cookies: Roll the dough balls in shredded coconut before baking for a tropical twist. And if you like pineapple adding 1/4 cup of crushed pineapple to the dough prior to baking takes that tropical flavor to the next level.

Feel free to get creative and customize the flavors to suit your preferences!

Snowball cookies with pecans is a must try Christmas cookie recipe.  This recipe for snowball cookies is easy to make and will melt in your mouth.

Storing and Freezing Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. To keep them fresh for longer, you can freeze the cookies:

1. Place the cooled snowball cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for about an hour. This will keep the cookies from sticking together during the freezing process.

2. Transfer the frozen cookies to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. I find that Ziploc freezer bags work just fine for this. However if you want to store them in a plastic or glass container you can.

3. Label the container with the date and freeze for up to three months. I like to do this prior to placing the snowball cookies into the bag be sure to write on the back with a Sharpie or permanent marker what the contents are and when they were made.

To enjoy the frozen cookies, simply thaw them at room temperature for a few minutes before indulging.

Serving and Presentation Ideas for Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies are not only delicious but also visually appealing. Here are some ideas for serving and presenting these delightful treats:

– Arrange the cookies on a decorative platter and sprinkle a light dusting of powdered sugar on top for an elegant presentation. If you are feeling creative use a small amount of edible confetti to decorate the bottom of the platter to match the theme of the party.

– Serve them alongside a cup of hot cocoa or a warm mug of tea for a cozy winter treat. The beauty of this snowball cookie recipe is that once made these cookies store well in the freezer. If you want to make a batch and take out a few at a time to have as a decadent treat then you can absolutely do that.

– Pair them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for a decadent dessert. These snowball cookies are a decadent addition to an ice cream sundae, or crumbled over the top of ice cream pie.

– Package them in a festive tin or a clear cellophane bag tied with a ribbon for a homemade holiday gift. Whenever I make a selection of holiday cookies to give away these are always on the list. And it never fails that friends and family comment that these snowball cookies are some of their favorites.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to serving and presenting snowball cookies. Let your creativity shine! And do not be afraid to try something new, that is when you may create your next great recipe.

This recipe for snowball cookies with pecans is a traditional Christmas cookie recipe that is easy to make, loaded with pecans and covered in powdered sugar.

Snowball Cookies for Special Occasions

Snowball cookies are not just reserved for the holiday season. They can be enjoyed year-round and are perfect for special occasions such as:

– Weddings: Replace traditional wedding favors with beautifully packaged snowball cookies for a unique and mouthwatering treat.

– Baby Showers: Decorate the cookies with colored sugar or edible pearls to match the theme of the baby shower.

– Birthday Parties: Create a tower of snowball cookies and place a candle on top for a festive birthday cake alternative.

– Tea Parties: Serve these delicate cookies alongside a selection of teas for an elegant afternoon tea experience. Snowball cookies have a light creamy flavor that goes well with other richer deserts in a traditional English Tea experience.

Snowball cookies are versatile and can be adapted to suit any occasion. Let your imagination run wild!

Frequently Asked Questions about Snowball Cookies

1. Can I use margarine instead of butter in snowball cookies?

While butter is preferred for its rich flavor, you can substitute margarine in a 1:1 ratio. Keep in mind that the taste and texture may vary slightly. I would avoid using oil or shortening as the result would not be the same.

2. Can I freeze the dough and bake the cookies later?

Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough for up to three months. Form the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet. Freeze until firm, then transfer the dough balls to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. When ready to bake, simply thaw the dough balls and proceed with the baking instructions.

3. Why are my snowball cookies spreading too much?

If your cookies are spreading too much during baking, it could be due to the butter being too soft or the dough not being chilled long enough. Make sure the butter is softened but not melted, and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes before baking. I have even left the dough in the refrigerator over night and then cooked the snowball cookies the next day.

4. Can I use a different type of nut in snowball cookies?

Absolutely! While walnuts and pecans are the traditional choices, you can experiment with other nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts. Just make sure to adjust the measurements accordingly. I have even added chopped cranberries to this recipe for snowball cookies.

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies

The beauty of snowball cookies lies in their simplicity. Made with just a handful of ingredients, including butter, flour, and finely chopped nuts, these cookies are quick and easy to prepare. Simply mix the ingredients together, roll the dough into small balls, and bake until golden brown. The magic happens when they're rolled in powdered sugar while still warm, creating a snowy, melt-in-your-mouth effect.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 32

Equipment

  • 1 Medium Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Handheld Mixer
  • 2 Cookie Sheets
  • 2 Pieces of Pre-Cut Parchment Paper

Ingredients
  

  • 4 1/2 Cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Butter (equivalent to 4 cubes of butter)
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Nuts of Choice I Prefer Walnuts

Powdered Sugar Coating

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (176°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla extract and salt and mix until well combined.
  • Gradually add the flour, mixing just until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Gently fold in the finely chopped nuts until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Place the Snowball Cookie dough into a refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to chill.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop take small portions of the dough and roll them into 1-inch balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake the cookies for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly golden.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet.
  • While the cookies are still warm, roll them in powdered sugar until fully coated. Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Once the cookies are completely cool, roll them in powdered sugar again for an extra snowy appearance.
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