Saturday, November 20, 2010

Giving Snowballs in my Christmas Goodie Bags - Noel Cookie Recipe

I like to call this recipe Snowballs - many other call these Cookies Noel Balls, Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes to name a few titles.

I have made a double batch of these wonderfully sweet, crumbly, buttery and all around tasty cookies this year.  As I roll them in the powdered sugar - I just want to take one and throw they look like little snowballs. 

Boy I couldn't imagine if I ever acted on that impulse - my boys would be joining in right away with the "snowball fight".  What a mess that would be :)

I think it is a must to drink a hot cup of your favorite coffee with these delectable bites.  It helps to cut the sweetness and crumbly texture.  One of my favorites is a cup of Decaf coffee from Pears Gourmet .  They have such a great selection of seasonal coffees also.  They are a wonderful homegrown (Nebraska) company that has a fabulous assortment of coffees, nuts, and more. 

Their shipping and customer service is top notch!  So you could order your coffee and your walnuts for this recipe if you want - they are having a sale currently on their baking nuts -15% off -

Here's the recipe to these fun and tasty Snowballs.


1 cup unsalted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth.

Combine the 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar and flour; stir into the butter mixture until just blended.

Mix in the chopped walnuts.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven.  Remove from baking sheet and cool on a rack.

When cool, roll in remaining confectioners' sugar.

If you are giving these away as gifts - you may want to re-roll them in the powdered sugar before adding them to your goodie bag.


  1. These are one of my fav holiday cookies. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. You are welcome Brad. I love the Holidays and all treats that go along with them. I am currently making a batch of German Stollen. Check back later for the recipe. Happy Holidays.


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