Baker’s Best! Jane’s Favorite Recipes: Snowball Cookies

December 13, 2022

December is a time for memories, celebrations, and traditions. Baking cookies is a favorite tradition of mine. Scents of cinnamon and chocolate wafting through our kitchen and a home filled with evergreens decking the mantle, pine cone and greenery table centerpieces, along with winter scene displays amidst the glow of the woodstove make for a warm atmosphere. 

Snowball cookies are my favorite; growing up, we had them at my grandmother’s holiday dessert buffet, at various caroling party refreshment tables, cookie swaps with friends, and most recently baked for my 94-year-old father – his #1 holiday cookie treat.

The large tree sugar cookie pictured below on the plate was the most coveted cookie by our boys. It was by far the biggest sugar cookie I made!  Our grandson now delights at following suit! And so, the tradition continues!  

Enjoy these “melt in your mouth” cookies, accompanied by a hot mug of tea, cocoa, or a cold glass of milk.  

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Snowball Cookies Recipe

Everyone will love these snowball cookies! Courtesy photo


  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring (I prefer Madagascar vanilla)
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup finely chopped nuts (I use pecans)


  1. Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla thoroughly. 
  2. Add flour and salt.
  3. Chill dough.
  4. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Roll dough into 1” balls.
  6. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  
  8. While still warm, roll in confectioner’s sugar. 
  9. Cool and enjoy!
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Mary criscione
December 13, 2022 9:18 pm

My mother made snowball cookies! Love this recipe

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