This snowball cookies recipe will delight your taste buds with its rich, buttery flavor and delicate, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Its simple yet wholesome plant-based ingredients and straightforward instructions make it a breeze!
If you’re looking for something simple and delicious to impress the family or some friends, snowball cookies, sometimes called Mexican wedding cookies or Russian tea cakes, are for you! They also make a great Christmas cookie!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Irresistible flavor. This cookie recipe offer a delightful combination of buttery richness and a hint of sweetness, making them incredibly satisfying to indulge in.
- They melt-in-your-mouth. These cookies have a crumbly and tender base that practically dissolves on your tongue, creating a truly heavenly experience!
- Easy to make. This dessert requires minimal effort and simple pantry staples, making it an accessible and enjoyable baking project for all skill levels.
- Versatile variations. You can customize snowball cookies by adding different flavors like chocolate chips, nuts, or spices, allowing you to experiment and create your own unique twists on this classic treat.
What are snowball cookies made of?
- Powdered sugar. Also called confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar, adds sweetness and contributes to the delicate crumb, creating a soft coating on the cookies.
- All-purpose flour. Forms the base of the cookie dough, giving it structure and stability.
- Finely chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans). Adds a nutty flavor and a pleasant crunch to the cookies, enhancing their overall texture and taste.
- Vanilla extract. Infuses the cookies with a warm and aromatic flavor, complementing the other ingredients.
- Salt. Balances the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor profile of the cookies.
- Vegan butter or margarine. Provides the rich, buttery flavor and helps create the crumbly characteristic of snowball cookies.
- Non-dairy milk (such as almond milk or soy milk). Helps bind the mixture together and moisten the dough, ensuring a tender and cohesive texture.
How to make snowball cookies
Step 1 – Cream the butter and sugar. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer, standing mixer, or mix by hand with a wooden spoon.
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Step 2 – Add the dry ingredients. Stir in the vanilla extract until well combined. Gradually add the flour to the butter mixture, mixing well. The dough should be slightly crumbly. Fold in the finely chopped nuts until evenly distributed.
Step 3 – Form the balls. Take about a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a small ball between your palms. Place the ball onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat this process with the remaining dough, spacing them 1 inch apart.
Step 4 – Bake in the preheated oven. This should take about 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are set and slightly golden on the bottom. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet until they are firm enough to handle.
Step 5 – Dust and serve! While the cookies are still warm, roll them in powdered sugar until fully coated. Place the coated cookies on a wire rack to cool completely. Give them another gentle roll in powdered sugar to ensure they are fully coated and enjoy!
Tips to make the best recipe
- Use high-quality vegan unsalted butter. The vegan butter you choose can greatly impact the taste and texture of your cookies. Opt for a high-quality vegan butter that has a rich and creamy flavor such as Earth Balance, Country Crock, Melt Organic or Nutiva.
- Finely chop the nuts. Finely chop the pecans or walnuts. This will help them blend seamlessly into the dough and provide a delightful nutty flavor in every bite.
- Double coat with powdered sugar. Coating the cookies with powdered sugar adds a beautiful snowy appearance and a touch of sweetness. For the best results, roll the cookies in powdered sugar twice.
To store: Place the snowball cookies in an airtight container to maintain their freshness and prevent them from drying out. They can be stored at room temperature for a few days. If you need to store the cookies for an extended period, you can refrigerate them in the airtight container for up to a week.
To freeze: Place in an airtight container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Electric mixer. Mixing can be done by hand, but to perfect the cookies, an electric mixer will come in very handy!
Frequently asked questions
Yes, you can use different types of nuts in snowball cookies recipes or omit them if you prefer. Finely chopped almonds, pistachios, cashews, or macadamia nuts can be great alternatives. Just ensure that the nuts are finely chopped.
While all-purpose flour works well in this recipe, you can experiment with other flours, such as whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour blends. However, keep in mind that different flours can affect the consistency and taste.
Powdered sugar is traditionally used for coating snowball cookies. However, if you prefer an alternative sweetener, you can try using organic cane sugar or coconut sugar. Just keep in mind that the appearance and texture of the cookies may be different.
Yes, you can prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 24-48 hours. When you’re ready to bake, allow the dough to come to room temperature before shaping and baking the cookies.
- 1 cup vegan butter softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup pecans finely chopped
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened vegan butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer or mix by hand with a wooden spoon.
- Stir in the vanilla extract until well combined. Gradually add the flour to the butter mixture, mixing well after each addition. The dough should come together and be slightly crumbly. Fold in the finely chopped pecans or walnuts until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
- Take about a tablespoonful of dough and roll it into a small ball between your palms. Place the ball onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat this process with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 1 inch apart.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are set and slightly golden on the bottom. Be careful not to overbake.Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes until they are firm enough to handle.
- While the cookies are still warm, roll them in powdered sugar until fully coated. Place the coated cookies on a wire rack to cool completely. Once the cookies have cooled, give them another gentle roll in powdered sugar to ensure they are fully coated. Enjoy!