Snow Kiss Cookies (Snowball Cookies)

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Snow Kiss Cookies are buttery cookies with walnuts that just melt in your mouth. They get dusted in powdered sugar and are such an amazing classic cookie!
This is one of my favorite cookies to put on the Christmas Goodie Plate! You should also try these Turtle Cookies, Grinch Cookies, or these Twix Thumbprint Cookies!
Snow kiss cookies on a black plate.

Snow Kiss Cookies

When I was growing up,  I remember we had a neighbor that would bring us these cookies every single year. They were always my favorite cookies on the cookie plate. They just remind me of Christmas and snow and this nutty melt in your mouth cookie is irresistible! This is one classic cookie that remind me of my childhood that I love to make every single year!

How do you make snowball cookies?

  • Cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a bowl. Toast the walnuts until they are golden brown and allow them to cool. (optional)
  • Place the walnuts in a food processor or blender and crush until fine. Add this mixture to the butter, sugar, and salt. Add the flour slowly until combined.
  • Wrap the dough in sera wrap and put it in the fridge for 1-2 hours to chill.
  • After they are chilled preheat the oven to 325. Roll the dough into one inch balls and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes and let them cool on a rack. Once they have cooled, toll them in powdered sugar.

Do you have to toast the walnuts?

No. But toasting the walnuts will bring our more flavor.

Walnut halves spread out on the table. There are some in a bowl as well.

How do you toast walnuts?

  • Place the walnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast the walnuts for about 7-10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven until they get about one shade darker.

Can you freeze snowball cookies?

Yes you can. Once you take them out of the freezer and let them thaw, roll them in powdered sugar again to restore their appearance.

Snow kiss cookies on a black cutting board.

Looking for even more classic cookie recipes? Here ya go!

`Snow kiss cookies stacked on top of one another on a black cutting board.
Recipe update 12/10/18

Snow Kiss Cookies (Snowball Cookies)

5 from 2 votes
Snow Kiss Cookies are buttery cookies with walnuts that just melt in your mouth.  They get dusted in powdered sugar and are are such an amazing classic cookie! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 24 Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup Walnuts
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup Flour
  • Powdered Sugar for coating your cookies

Instructions
 

  • Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and salt together in bowl. You have the option of toasting your walnuts until golden brown, but let them cool.
  • Place the walnuts in a food processor or blender and crush until fine. Add this mixture to the butter, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the flour slowly to the mixture and mix until combined.
  • Wrap the dough in seran wrap and put it in the fridge for 1-2 hours to chill.
  • After chilled, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Drop the dough by small scoops onto parchment lined cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Take them out and let them cool on a cooling rack. Once cooled, roll them in the powdered sugar. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serves: 24

Calories58kcal (3%)Carbohydrates11g (4%)Protein1g (2%)Fat1g (2%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol1mgSodium49mg (2%)Potassium15mgFiber1g (4%)Sugar4g (4%)Calcium3mgIron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    So delicious! I substituted roasted salted almonds for the roasted walnuts. Wonderful and no difference in salt taste from previous time I made them with the unsalted walnuts.

  2. These are always a must do for our holiday, but the recipe I have used most of the time uses powdered sugar in the dough. I see you used regular granulated sugar. I wonder if that will create more of sandy mouth feel with the cookie, something more along the lines of shortbread. I think I will try your recipe and see what the difference in texture might be. It may not affect them at all, have you ever used powdered sugar in the dough? Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi. Yes. These are called BUTTERBALLS, also known as RUSSIAN TEA CAKES. The recipe has been around for Decades- ask anyone over 50.

  4. I’e made these many years ago…. but we called them Russian Tea Cakes. Having my group here for NYD might make them on Wednesday…. yum yum!

  5. my grandmother made these and called them Butterballs. After rolling them in the powder sugar, they were like a creamer layer. now I don’t remember if she let them cool completely or did them while warm so the sugar would melt a little and stick more.

  6. Make the cookie dough and wrap around chocolate kiss candy before baking, bake and roll in powdered sugar. A hit at my house!

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