Buttery Walnut Snowball Cookies or Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes are wonderful and easy Christmas Cookies. These delicate, sweet, and buttery Snowball cookies are the best Christmas desserts you could ever ask for. Also, these are perfect Neighbor plates or Kids Treats for Christmas. Also try my Snowball Chocolate Chip Cookies
Hey friends! Today I'll be teaching y'all how to make the best Buttery Walnut Snowball Cookies. These Cookies are a perfect snack and Christmas time cookies. Also, these are made with Walnuts and this makes them incredibly nutty and so delicious.
Call these whatever you want, but these cookies are surely going to please you! They are so easy to make that I got my Kids to help to make these and it was so much fun.
This Christmas I am baking a lot of Traditional cookies and this Snowball cookie is surely something that I wanted to bake for such a long time. These snowball cookies are incredibly buttery and sweet.
This Walnut Snowball Cookie recipe is an old recipe, which I had learned way back in the day. Today, I see so many people making it every day, with modern twists. However, I believe that somethings are classics and they should not be meddled with. An especially classic recipe like Snowball Walnut Cookie or Snowball Pecan Cookie.
However, I get it. If you're allergic to nuts, you would want to just skip that and use Chocolate Chips instead!
These Buttery Snowball Cookies are basically just buttery shortbread cookies. The cookie dough is incredibly crumbly, which is brought together to make a clump, baked and dusted with loads of powdered sugar.
These Walnut Snowball Cookies, have an outer layer that is crunchy. When you bite into it, you get a crunch of the nuts, and of course, it melts in your mouth, because it's so buttery and also so so so sweet!
What are Snowball Cookies?
Snowball Cookies are buttery shortbread cookies that are made without eggs or any leavening agents like Baking soda or baking powder. The cookie dough balls are baked and rolled with powdered sugar. These are also known as Butter Balls or Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies.
These Snowball Cookies are buttery, nutty, sweet, and super delicious.
These Walnut Snowball Cookies are made with 6 basic ingredients -
- All-Purpose flour
- Softened Unsalted Butter
- Kosher Salt
- Powdered Sugar
- Granulated Sugar
- Chopped Walnuts
- Vanilla Extract
How to make Walnut Snowball Cookies?
STEP 1: MAKE THE COOKIE DOUGH
- The first step is to make the cookie dough.
- For that take All-Purpose Flour, Chopped Walnuts, Cubed softened butter, Granulated sugar, Kosher salt, and Vanilla in a bowl.
Combine the ingredients with your hands until it gets coarse and mealy. Or just pulse all the ingredients in a food processor for 1 or 2 pulses.
The prepared cookie dough will be crumbly. Also, since this is a shortbread cookie dough, so no Baking Soda or Baking Powder or Eggs, or Milk will be used to make the cookie dough.
This Cookie dough might look dry, but when you form a clump, it should stay together.
If it's falling apart, you can add some more softened butter and mix it with your hands in your cookie dough.
Finally, make small balls. You do not have to worry about the balls to be perfect in shape.
Allow the Cookie dough balls to freeze uncovered for 15 minutes or refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Refrigerating the cookie dough will harden up the melted butter in the cookie dough, and when these finally go into the hot oven, the butter will melt very slowly and result in crunchy cookies!
After the Cookie dough has been sitting in the freezer for 15 min, get them out and pop them directly into the oven, preheated at 350F. Bake these cookies for just 10-15 minutes or until the base gets slightly brown.
When the cookies get baked, they will be soft to touch. So, allow them to cool down for just about 5 minutes and they will quickly harden up.
Once the cookies are not too hot enough to touch, toss them in a bowl filled with powdered sugar.
After a few minutes, repeat the same step and then serve!
Why are my Snowball Cookies Falling Apart?
If your Snowball Cookies are falling apart, they are too dry.
You can add more butter and combine it with your Cookie dough and then make small cookie dough balls.
Also, use good quality Butter which is softened to room temperature.
And DONOT use Melted Butter instead of softened butter.
Do Snowball Cookies spread in the oven?
No. Unlike other cookies, these Snowball Cookies do not spread in the oven.
They will remain perfectly circular, even after they get baked.
This is because there are no Eggs or any leavening agent in the cookie dough, so this will not spread out in the hot oven EVER!
Can I freeze these Snowball Cookies?
Of course, you can. You can wrap these cookies with plastic food wrap and store them in a freezer-friendly air-tight bag or container.
Before you serve these, thaw them overnight and re-roll them in powdered sugar and serve.
So. This was all about these Buttery Walnut Snowball Cookies. I hope you liked this recipe and shall make it. If you happen to make this recipe, comment below and rate this recipe. Also, tag me with #recipemagik on Instagram.
Buttery Walnut Snowball Cookies
- 2 cups All-Purpose Flour 120gm or 4 1/4 oz
- 2½ cup Unsalted Butter 5 sticks (softened to room temp)
- 1 cup chopped Walnuts or chopped toasted Pecans
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C and grease a cookie baking tray with cooking spray or butter. In a large bowl, add the All-Purpose Flour, Chopped Walnuts, cubed softened Butter, Granulated Sugar, Kosher Salt, and Vanilla Extract. Combine everything with your hands until it gets coarse and mealy. OR Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor for 1 or 2 pulses or until combined and mealy.
- The mixture will be dry, but when you bring it together, it should clump. Form small clumps, roll them between your palms to make them perfectly circular. Gently place them on the baking dish, separated from each other (about 1 inch gap). Put the baking tray in the freezer for 15 minutes or refrigerate for 45 min.
- Bake the cookies for 15 minutes. Once they are baked, allow them to cool down untouched for just 5 minutes.Once they are not too hot to touch and have hardened, coat them in powdered sugar.Fill a bowl or a shallow plate with powdered sugar and gently roll each cookie in the sugar until evenly coated. After rolling, let stand for a 5 minute and re-roll. Keep aside
- After 10 minutes, coat it again with sugar and then serve!
- If you're allergic to nuts, use chocolate chips instead
- If your cookie dough is falling apart when you're clumping it together, add more softened butter right into your cookie dough and mix it with your hands. Also, use good quality Butter which is softened to room temperature. And do not use Melted Butter instead of softened butter.
- You can freeze these cookies in an airtight freezer-safe bag for 3 months. Thaw overnight and dust with powdered sugar before you serve!