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

Updated on May 2, 2014

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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

Ingredients

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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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      This is something totally new! thank you for sharing this. Looks delicious!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Sunshine625. You and I have a lot in common, not liking the cold is just another thing! I'm happy to live in Florida where it's almost always warm!

      Thanks for reading how to make snowballs! Mary

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I would rather eat snowballs than make them and throw them...too cold!! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, RTalloni My kids and grands always love to make these snowballs! I hope yours will enjoy making and eating them, too.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      What fun it would be to make these with my grands! They look just yum, too. Thanks much for sharing your family-favorite recipe tutorial with us!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Cogerson. I am getting the best kick out of your girls who are eager to make some goodies. Honestly, this recipe for Snowballs would be easier for them to tackle before the cakepops. Please do let me know which one they enjoyed the most!

      Thanks for reading and the votes, Mary

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Another hub recipe that gets not only a thumbs up from me....but also my daughter. We were looking at your cake pop recipe early now snowballs has our attention. This one looks a little easier for a all thumbs stay at home dad to make. Bookmarking this hub and the cakepop hub for future reference. We will return with news of which one we made first and how it turned out....voted up and useful.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nicole S

      Thanks for reading about making snow balls. I do hope you will try some of these. They are really yummy! Mary

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      Nicole S Hanson 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Yummy! Good idea!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy W I never saw these made into finger shapes! We love these balls: they just melt in your mouth. I make these year round cause everyone in my family just inhales them.

      Thanks so much for the votes and the share! Mary

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      This recipe is exactly like the pecan fingers that my mother used to bake around Christmas time each year with the exception that she rolled them into finger shapes. A ball shape would be a bit easier and not so prone to breaking. I can vouch for their taste! Up votes + sharing.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      This dessert recipe sound yummy! In the first photo they look like real snowballs! The instructions are well-explained with helpful photos. I like anything that is sweet and stuffed with crunchy nuts. I would like to give this tasty recipe a try. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful and Awesome. Socially Shared.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, stars439. So nice to see your beautiful child early this morning! These really are yummy, and they are SO easy to make. I hope you and yours will have a blessed day, too.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      My Goodness, theylook kind of yummy. I'm putting your hub in "My Favorites," because I will be gathering ingredients to make them. The family should love them. Thank you so much , and God Bless You.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, vmartinezwilson, I'm so glad you found my recipe for Snowball Cookies. They are easy to make; hope you'll try making them. Have a wonderful day!

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      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      Yay, I've been looking for a recipe for these and almost everyone that I've found online isn't even similar to the ones my great aunt made...until I saw yours! I'm trying out our receipe this weekend. I am SO excited! Thank you so much for the easy to follow, yummy goodness that are snowball cookies!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Sueswan, I do hope you will make these Snowballs. They are SO good. Goodnight.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for sharing this recipe.

      I look forward to trying it.

      Have a good evening.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Rosemay50, good to see you this morning! Hope you will try to make these little goodies. The hardest part is rolling out all the little balls. Bye for now...

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      These look delicious, I will definitely be trying these. I love anything that melts in the mouth.. Lol

      Your step by step process makes them look so easy to do.

      Thank you for sharing

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi lord, I do hope you will make these cookies, you will be glad you did! Thanks for the vote, too.

      You have new Hubs that I have marked, but had NO time to read: I will, though, I promise!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Oh God! will have to bookmark this one. The recipe is down to the point. The pics speak by themselves. Thanks mary for this well done piece. Now my stomach got hooked on a quick ice cream...geez!

      Voted up my dear fellow hubber!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      So happy you will be making these with your Granddaughter, dear MM! Have lots of fun.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      These snowballs look and sound delicous, Bookmarked and am looking forward to making them with my granddaughter.

      Many thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Sunshine625, They are fun to make, and fun to EAT. I can't stop eating them once I start. Hope you will make them and enjoy!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Mary! These snowballs look fun to make! I remember buying snowballs as a kid, they didn't have nuts but they were so yummy! I haven't seen them in years but I'm sure someone still sells them somewhere. Thanks for the memory and the hub:)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Oh, Sannel, you just gave me an idea...I've never made these with almonds, but since I love almonds, I know I'd like them in these cookies. Maybe almonds are cheaper to buy....thanks for the idea. Have a wonderful day.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, AliciaC, I do hope you will make these little cookies. If I could get more pecans,I'd make more often. Pecans are SO expensive in the stores where I live.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      They do look a lot like the Greek Christmas cookies we bake in Greece, but with almonds instead. They are so delicious, actually one of my favorites. I will bookmark and try out these for Christmas this year, Yum!:)

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These cookies sound and look delicious, mary615, especially since they "melt in your mouth"! I'm looking forward to trying them at Christmas.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, RedElf, I'm not familiar with the kind you make, but it sounds good. I love coconut. Goodnight.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      These look quite yummy! We make a different kind of snowball at Christmas - an unbaked cookie rolled in coconut.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      honesteadbound: You are SO funny! Do hope you'll try these. Bye for now...

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I am looking forward to making these. They look yummy! Bookmarking which is an ever expanding list, along with my hips.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I hope I never see snow again. I grew up COLD. Now I live in S. Fl. and love it.

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      justinkellina 5 years ago from Greenville, South Carolina

      my best advice is to live somewhere it snows...lol good luck! signed broken in the dirty south (no snow)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      greatparenting, so glad you're going to make these! You'll be glad you did. Thanks for reading.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Oh, drbj, anyone can make these balls. Try it!

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      greatparenting 5 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

      Definitely making these. Yum!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Mmmm good, Mmmm good, that's what mary's Snowballs are, Mmmm good!

      They look absolutely delectable and I would bake them if I could.

      But I have learned I am baking-challenged, so far. But thanks.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Nell Rose! Confectioner's sugar is sometimes called powdered sugar. It's just a fine sugar used a lot in frostings. Sounds like what you call caster sugar is the same. Do hope you will try these, they are easy to make. Bye for now....

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, these sound delicious, I would imagine the Confectioners sugar is what we over here call caster sugar, same as sugar only much more fine? I am going to love making these! thanks for the great idea, cheers nell

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Eiddwen, you never try and shed pounds until AFTER the holidays, so go ahead and eat junk now while you can! Thanks for the vote....

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh mary,you are very naughty now because you know I am trying to shed a few pounds and how can I achieve that with all these wonderful recipes!-lol-

      Actuall to be totally honest I am not making a start on it now until after Xmas.

      So keep them coming my friend and I will vote up up and away!!!.

      Eiddwen.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, oceansnsunsets! How would you have the time to make cookies and still turn out those beautiful Hubs???? You are an amazing gal, I'll give you that! Thanks for the compliment and for the vote. Hope your day is wonderful....

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Mary, these sound so yummy, I have to try to make them this year. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us all. Voted up and more. :) The photos are great too!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Tina, I lived in Atlanta for a long time, and we did get snow every now and then. Thank goodness I live now in S. Fl. and I hope I never see snow again! I haven't been back to Atlanta in a long time, though. Goodnight.

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      Tina Truelove 5 years ago

      I have never heard of snowball cookies. These would be perfect on a snow day. We don't get many snow days here in Georgia so I'll just have to pretend. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Dirt Farmer! Hope you will make these. They are so easy to make, and they melt in your mouth! See you...

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      Have never seen this recipe before, only the one with cookies in the center. Thanks! I'm bookmarking this one and coming back to it before Christmas! Voted up & useful.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      You know, Hyphenbird, I never thought of coconut. Don't know if it would stick though. I might just try it. Goodnight.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Yum! And may I say again, "Yum!"? These look great and I don't have a sweet tooth. Perhaps rolled in coconut would also be tasty. Oh, the possibilities are endless.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Yes, kellymom1970, make these with your girls. Mine like to roll out the balls. Goodnight.

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      kellymom1970 5 years ago

      Mary615, They look so good! I can't wait to make some with my girls. Thank You.