Snowball Cookies – Winter Wonderland Treats

Snow has always been my playground—snowball fights, building snowmen, the whole nine yards. Even as the years passed, my love for the fluffy white stuff didn’t fade. When I found out about Snowball Cookies, I was thrilled. It’s a delightful marriage of my two loves: snow and baking.

Easy Snowball cookie recipe

Snowball cookies, also known as Russian tea cakes or Mexican wedding cookies, are delightful bite-sized treats that have become a holiday favorite in many cultures. These cookies are characterized by their melt-in-your-mouth texture and a generous coating of powdered sugar.

Buttery pecan snowball cookies

These are perfect Christmas cookies this year. Enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth texture of snowball cookies while sipping on a cup of velvety eggnog, and you’ll experience a festive symphony that dances in your mouth. Here is how to make Snowball Cookies:

classic Snowball cookies (Russian tea cakes/Mexican wedding cookies)

A perfect treat for winter festive occasions or any time you crave a bite of sugary bliss.
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine European, Mexican
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 80 kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar plus extra for coating
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts walnuts or pecans


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Gradually add this dry mixture to the creamed mixture, mixing well.
  • Stir in the finely chopped nuts until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are set but not browned.
  • Allow the cookies to cool slightly. While still warm, roll the cookies in additional powdered sugar to coat them generously.
  • Once completely cooled, roll the cookies in powdered sugar again for a snowy appearance.
Keyword Christmas, cookies, gluten free, holiday

To store these Snowballs, let them cool completely and lace them in an airtight container with layers separated by parchment or wax paper to prevent sticking. Keep the cookies at room temperature, unless refrigeration is necessary due to ingredients like cream or fruit. This can help them last for 2 – 3 days.

If you need to store them for an extended period, put them in the fridge (6 days) or freeze them (about 2 months).

Snowball cookie Variations

Besides the old-fashioned Snowball Cookies, you can a twist on the recipe to make it more appealing. Here are some ideas you can try:

  • Nutty Snowballs: While pecans or walnuts are commonly used, you can experiment with different nuts like almonds, pistachio, or hazelnuts to add a unique flavor profile to your snowball meltaway cookies.
  • Flavor Enhancements: Infuse the dough with additional flavors by adding ingredients like citrus zest (lemon or orange), cinnamon, or a hint of almond extract. These additions can elevate the taste and make your cookies even more irresistible.
  • Matcha Snowball Cookies: Infuse the classic snowball with the earthy and vibrant flavors of matcha (green tea).
Easy matcha snowball cookie recipe
Matcha version
  • Chocolate Snowball: If you’re a chocolate lover, consider incorporating cocoa powder into the dough or adding chocolate chips to create a chocolatey version.
  • Fruit Infusions: You can add dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, or apricots into the dough or as a filling for a sweet and tangy contrast.
  • Spiced Snowball Cookies: You can experiment with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom. These spices can add depth and complexity to the traditional recipe.
  • Coconut Snowball Cookies: Elevate your cookies with shredded coconut, adding a tropical flair to the traditional snowy treat.
Healthy lemon coconut snowball cookie for holiday
Lemon coconut snowballs
  • Snowball Grinch Cookies: This version is inspired by the character “The Grinch” from Dr. Seuss’s famous story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” These cookies typically incorporate green food coloring to give them a Grinch-like appearance.
  • Red Velvet Snowball Cookies: You can elevate the elegance of this cookie with a red velvet twist, adding a touch of cocoa and a hint of buttermilk for a rich, velvety experience.
  • Gingerbread Mexican Wedding Cookies: For this version, combine the warmth of gingerbread spices with the tender crumb of a snowball cookie.
  • No-Bake Snowball Cookies are made with a blend of crushed graham crackers, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk, then rolled in powdered sugar for a heavenly treat.
Gluten-free chocolate coconut snowball cookies
Chocolate coconut snowballs
  • Peanut Butter version: Introduce creamy peanut butter to the mix, creating a nutty and indulgent version of the classic snowball.
  • Brown Butter Snowball Meltaway Cookies: Incorporate brown butter into the dough, adding a nutty and caramelized depth to your snowball cookies.
  • Chocolate Chip Mexican Wedding Cookies: Sprinkle mini chocolate chips into the dough for a delightful burst of chocolate in every bite, turning the classic snowball into a chocolate lover’s dream.
  • Peppermint Snowball Cookies: You can add crushed peppermint candies or peppermint extract to the mixture for a refreshing and cool taste.
Johanna Cleveland
About the author

Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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