Nut Snowballs

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Makes: 16 cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12-15 min

My mother makes nut snowballs every Christmas, and her mother before that. This is a true family recipe, and I am super happy to be sharing it with you. Nut snowballs are a buttery, crunchy, delicious tradition that I’ve decided to take through the new year. The recipe is simple, and therefore perfect for post-Christmas baking when you may no longer have the large repertoire of ingredients.


1/3 C butter
1/4 C granulated sugar
1 C flour (minus 1 T)
1 tsp vanilla
1 C chopped walnuts
powdered sugar for rolling (about 1/4 C)



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.

3. Add granulated sugar, flour, vanilla, and nuts. Mix until it becomes a cohesive dough – it will not necessarily form a singular clump, but you will see that it is formable. At this point you can proceed to forming the cookies or refrigerate the dough for use at a later time, but within 3 or so days.


4. Shape the dough into 16 balls, about 1 inch each. 

5. Cook for 12-15 minutes.


6. Allow cookies to cool on a wire rack for about 10-15 minutes. Once cooled, roll the cookies in the powdered sugar.


These cookies are addicting and you may find yourself eating 4 or 5….or 6! I’m definitely going to have to double this recipe on the next go-around.

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One comment

  1. […] What did I make? Well, only 4 cookie sheets worth of spiced nuts, 2 sheets of peppermint bark, nut snowballs, sugar cookies, and spritz cookies! It was well worth it. Our kitchen smelled amazing, holiday […]

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