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Snowball Cookies

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You will be the hero at your cookie exchange this year with these snowball cookies. They are a traditional holiday treat that people just seem to love.
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Table of Contents
  1. SNOWBALL COOKIES INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS SNOWBALL COOKIES RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
  4. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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Snowball cookies are a classic Christmas cookie made with a soft, buttery filling accented by crunchy pecans, then coated in the perfect dusting of powdered sugar. While they are easy to make, they have so much to offer in their flavor. These should definitely be on your holiday baking list.

Still searching for a few more cookie recipes to try out for this holiday season? Look no further. These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies and our Soft Gingerbread Cookies are the ultimate baked goods to add to your list.

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SNOWBALL COOKIES INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, for coating the baked cookies

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PECANS: You can swap out the pecans for many different types of nuts. Almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, or hazelnuts are others that would also work for this recipe.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS SNOWBALL COOKIES RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

STEP TWO: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

STEP THREE: In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and cornstarch. Set aside.

STEP FOUR: Using a stand mixer, or a medium sized mixing bowl and a handheld electric mixer, cream the butter on medium-high speed for 3 to 4 minutes or until the butter turns a pale yellow. Using a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl.

STEP FIVE: Reduce the mixer speed to low. Slowly add the powdered sugar ¼ cup at a time, mixing well until the butter mixture is fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

STEP SIX: Keeping the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla and mix for a few seconds to make sure the vanilla is mixed in well.

STEP SEVEN: Continue to keep the mixer on low speed. Slowly add the flour mixture ½ cup at a time, mixing well after each ½ cup, just until the flour is incorporated.

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STEP EIGHT: Add the finely chopped pecans and mix just until the pecans are evenly mixed into the dough.

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STEP NINE: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

STEP TEN: Using a medium sized bowl, add the extra 2 cups of powdered sugar for rolling the warm cookie balls in. Set aside.

STEP ELEVEN: Using a 1 tablespoon cookie dough scoop or tablespoon, scoop out the dough. Carefully, but tightly, roll the dough in your hands to form the rounded cookie ball. The cookie balls should be about the size of a large marble. Place the cookie dough balls 2 inches apart.

STEP TWELVE: Place snowball dough balls in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, uncovered.

STEP THIRTEEN: Bake for 12 minutes until the bottoms are light golden brown.

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STEP FOURTEEN: Remove the cookies and allow them to rest for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the cookie ball to the powdered sugar bowl. Gently roll the cookies in the powdered sugar. Transfer the dusted cookies to a tray to finish cooling completely. Roll the cookies one more time in the powdered sugar to ensure they are completely coated. 

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STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store the coated and cooled cookies in an airtight container for 5 to 7 days. They can be placed in the fridge or stored on the countertop at room temperature.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw to room temperature before serving. You can also freeze uncooked dough balls and bake them from frozen, adding an additional 1 minute to the instructions above.

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You will be the hero at your cookie exchange this year with these snowball cookies. They are a traditional holiday treat that people just seem to love. They might take a bit of TLC and time in the kitchen, but trust us when we say that the final result will be so worth it!

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Snowball Cookies

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You will be the hero at your cookie exchange this year with these snowball cookies. They are a traditional holiday treat that people just seem to love.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 40 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp clear vanilla
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup pecans finely chopped
  • 2 cup powdered sugar for coating the baked cookies

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer, or a medium size mixing bowl and a handheld electric mixer, cream the butter on medium-high speed for 3 to 4 minutes or until the butter turns a pale yellow. Using a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low. Slowly add the powdered sugar a ¼ cup at a time, mixing well until the butter mixture is fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Keeping the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla and mix for a few seconds to make sure the vanilla is mixed in well.
  • Continue to keep the mixer on low speed. Slowly add the flour mixture a ½ cup at a time, mixing well after each ½ cup just until the flour is incorporated.
  • Add the finely chopped pecans and mix just until the pecans are evenly mixed into the dough.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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