Holiday Snowballs


These cookies may look like tiny snowballs, but in reality, they are a delightful mix of ground walnuts, butter, flour and powdered sugar. They’re simple to make and look pretty piled on a tray as part of a holiday assortment. They’re also great to pack in small tins as gifts.

2 sticks softened butter
1/2 C confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. water
2 C all purpose flour
2 C ground walnuts ( food processor great for this)
Extra confectioners’ sugar for dusting finished product

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
2. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper (or grease it lightly)
3. Cream the softened butter, along with the powdered sugar, vanilla, water, and salt.
4. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the flour and ground nuts. I usually end up mixing this with my hands. Messy, but effective!
5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
6. Form the dough into walnut size (or even smaller) balls.
7. These don’t expand in size, so you can easily fit the whole recipe on one half sheet pan.
8. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
9. Cool completely before totally covering them with powdered sugar. The sugar will stick and create snowballs!

About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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