The Classic Walnut Snowball Cookies Recipe

One of the most common tradition of every American families during the Holiday season, is making cookies ! I am a Filipino, we don’t have snow in the Philippines that’s why we don’t make snowball cookies there. Alright, kidding aside. I was introduce to this tradition when I got married to my husband Steve.

On our first holiday together as husband and wife, my mom-in-law, me and Steve made all kinds of cookies that day. One of my favorite is the snowball cookies. Aside that it’s delicious, it is also easy to make. Before we had kids, I don’t care about it so much. For me at that time, it is just cookies. I didn’t realize that it is more than just having cookies in the house, it is more like a bonding that you do with your family during the holidays. It didn’t sink in to me yet until I have kids myself and I want to continue that tradition to them. I think it’s really cool.

We really enjoyed this bonding together as a family. Especially, when Steve is the one leading the team on this. He doesn’t really cook or bake cakes, but he can bake good cookies.

So today, we are sharing one of our holiday favorites. Snowball cookies with walnuts!  If you are allergic to nuts, just omit it and it still tasted good. But, If you want me to be honest with you, I personally prefer with walnuts. Some people used all kinds of nuts, one of the most popular ones are pecans. You can use that one too.

I hope you will enjoy this simple recipe as much we do. It is so easy to make and it is such a fun activity to do with the family most especially during the holiday season!


5 from 2 votes

Classic Walnut Snowball Cookies Recipe

A traditional classic holiday cookie that is loved by everyone all over the world. Our family holiday tradition won't be complete without Snowball cookies !

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup butter 1/2 lb or 2 sticks
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F.

    2. Cream the butter and mix it with 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar and vanilla.

    3. Mix in the sifted flour,walnuts and salt.

    4. Mix all the ingredients until it forms into a dough like consistency.

    5. Roll about 1 tbs. of dough into a ball and place it on ungreased cookie sheet.

    6. Bake for 15 minutes until bottoms are golden brown. Do not allow these cookies to get too brown. It's better to undercook them rather than overcook them.

    7. While cookies are still hot, roll them in confectioners sugar.

    8. Once they have cooled, roll them in confectioner sugar again.


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