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Classic Snowball Cookies

These Classic Snowball Cookies are buttery, sweet and just melt in your mouth! A perfect easy treat to make for the holidays. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword snowball cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
chilling 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 158 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup chopped nuts see note
  • 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling cookies


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with a hand mixer for 30 seconds.
  2. Add granulated sugar and cream for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla extract and mix in.
  4. Add chopped nuts and flour. Mix in. The dough will be thick. You can use a wooden spoon to mix in the dry ingredients.
  5. Cover the bowl and chill the dough for 30 minutes, to make it easier to roll.
  6. Preheat oven to 325° F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

  7. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and roll it into balls. Place on a baking sheet, spacing them about 2" apart.
  8. Bake cookies for 16 to 18 minutes.
  9. Cool cookies completely.
  10. Place powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll cookies in sugar, repeat twice if needed for a thicker layer.

Recipe Notes

  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  • Cool cookies completely before rolling in powdered sugar, otherwise it will melt on a warm cookie.
  • Use any nuts you like. I like to process them in my mini food processor before mixing them into the dough, to avoid large chunks in cookies.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Snowball Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 236IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.