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Make Snowballs (The Kind You Eat): Instructions and Photos

Updated on May 2, 2014

Finished Snowballs


These Snowballs are a favorite of my family year round, but they are one of the many kind I bake at Christmastime. They can be tinted with food coloring added to the Confectioner's Sugar before rolling the baked cookies. We just prefer them white, like a real snowball!

They are quick and easy. The most time consuming thing is forming the balls by hand.

These snowballs freeze well, too.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 5 dozen snowballs


You will need:

½ Cup Granulated Sugar

¼ teaspoon Salt

1 Cup softened Butter (2 sticks)

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 ¼ Cup Flour (sifted)

½ Cup Walnuts or Pecans

Confectioner’s Sugar to coat the balls after baking

Get Everything Ready To Use

Mixing The Nuts Into The Dough

Cream softened Butter with the Sugar thoroughly. Add Vanilla Extract. Gradually stir Flour into creamed ingredients. At this point, take off your rings, wash your hands, and work Nuts into dough.

Cream Sugar and Butter Together

Nuts Are Now Added

Ready To Make The Balls

Form Dough Into Balls

Form dough into 1 inch balls. Place on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with Pam.

Balls Are Formed And Ready To Bake

Bake The Snowballs

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until set, but not brown. I usually take one of the balls out when I think they are done, and open it up. They are ready when they are cooked inside.

Turn the balls out into a pan of confectioner’s sugar. Roll each ball in the sugar. Wait a few minutes and roll them all in the sugar again. This time more sugar will stick to the balls.

This recipe should yield about 5 dozen snowballs.

Ready To Roll The Balls When Baked

Get Sugar and Rack Ready

I like to have the Confectioner's Sugar ready before the Snowballs are baked, so they can be rolled in the sugar while they are hot. Have a rack handy to place the balls on after they are rolled in the sugar.

Finished Snowballs

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