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A pile of powdery snowball cookies

Almond Snowball Cookies Recipe

  • Author: Mindee
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 60 Snowballs 1x
  • Category: Cookies and Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Whether you know them as Mexican wedding cookies, Russian tea cookies or snowballs, you know you crave them!  Beware of their melt in your mouth buttery sweet flavor with a hint of nuts because you can't just eat one!  Trust me!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter ((no substitutes))
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped Almond Slivers
  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Additional Powdered Sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  Prepare baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper or lightly spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Finely chop the nuts and set them aside for a moment.
  4. Cream the butter and powdered sugar.
  5. Add the vanilla and salt.
  6. Add the almonds and flour.  Mix until everything is well combined.
  7. Scoop out dough in 1/2 Tablespoon scoops.  
  8. Roll into balls with your hands.  (see note)  They should be about the size of gumballs.  
  9. Place on baking sheets.  I put 20 on a pan.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes.  These cookies won't brown other that the very bottoms.
  11. Roll baked hot cookies through the powdered sugar as soon as they come out of the oven.  Set on a wire rack to cool.
  12. Once completely cool, roll the cookies through the powdered sugar again.  Eat!


  • If all you have is salted butter don't worry.  Just omit the 1/4 tsp of salt.
  • The dough should not be sticky but should be moist enough to roll into a ball. If you dough is crumbling instead of shaping add 1/2 Tbs of water to the cookie dough, mix it and try again. I find I need to do this when the humidity in the air is very low.

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