Snowball Cookies – The Bedford Citizen

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December is a time of memories, celebrations and traditions. Baking cookies is one of my favorite traditions. Scents of cinnamon and chocolate wafting through our kitchen and a house full of evergreens adorning the mantel, pine cones and verdant centerpieces, and winter scenes amid the glow of the woodstove create a warm atmosphere.

Snowball cookies are my favorite; Growing up, we had them at my grandmother’s holiday dessert buffet, various Christmas carol refreshment tables, cookie swaps with friends, and most recently baked for my 94-year-old father – her #1 holiday cake.

The large tree sugar cookie pictured below on the plate was our boys’ most coveted cookie. This was by far the biggest sugar cookie I have made! Our grandson is now looking forward to following the movement! There you go, the tradition continues!

Enjoy these “melt-in-your-mouth” cookies with a cup of hot tea, cocoa or a glass of cold milk.

Snowball Cookies Recipe

Everyone will love these snowball cookies! Courtesy picture


  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup sifted icing sugar
  • 1 C. vanilla flavor (I prefer vanilla from Madagascar)
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup finely chopped walnuts (I use pecans)


  1. Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla well.
  2. Add flour and salt.
  3. Cool the dough.
  4. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls.
  6. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  8. While still hot, roll in icing sugar.
  9. Chill and enjoy!

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