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Snowball Cookies

Updated: Oct 8, 2023

AKA Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies

"These simple snowballs cookies are an old-fashioned classic. This recipe has been around for ages and goes by many different names (like Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies etc...), but whatever you call them they’re easy to make with just 7 basic ingredients. No chilling needed! "

Snowball Cookies Servings – 36 Prep Time – 15 Minutes Cook Time – 9 Minutes Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter softened

1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon cornstarch optional, but recommended

1 cup nuts finely chopped (measure before chopping) pecans, walnuts, or almonds will work well with this recipe, please see notes

Additional powdered sugar for rolling (about 1 cup)


Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer (or in a stand mixer), beat together butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt until light, creamy, and well-combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and cornstarch, then with mixer on low-speed gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture.

Stir until completely combined (mixture may seem dry and crumbly at first but should come together if you just keep mixing!).

Stir in nuts.

Scoop dough into Tablespoon-sized balls and roll between your palms to make round. Place on prepared baking sheet, spacing cookies 1” apart.

Bake in 375F oven for 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms are just beginning to turn a light golden brown.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 10 minutes then roll in powdered sugar.


For an even more nutty flavor try toasting your choice of nuts prior to adding to cookie dough mix.


Serving: 1 cookie | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

"Delicious with a hot cup of tea, cocoa, or coffee. Great center piece for any dinner party. Also makes a great hostess gift and cookie tray filler!"

CWT is not a certified dietician or nutritionist. Any nutritional information shared on this site is an estimate counted through measurements and package nutritional information used in each recipe. If calorie, macro counting and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend running the ingredients through your choice of nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary depending on national brands used per recipe.

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