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Walnut Snowball Cookies

Walnut snowball cookies are easy-to-make cookies with chopped walnuts, butter, flour, sugar, and vanilla, that are rolled in powdered sugar. The perfect wintry addition to any holiday cookie spread!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 cookies


  • 2 cups (240g) all purpose flour
  • 3 cups (300g) walnuts finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons (75g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces (226g) unsalted butter cubed and softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups (227g) confectioner's sugar May not need it all


  • Preheat the oven to 300f and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, walnuts, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the softened butter and vanilla extract to the flour mixture and combine with your hands to form a coarse meal.
  • Using your hands, form small dough balls (about a tablespoon's worth) and place them on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake the dough balls for 35 minutes and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Once cool, roll the balls in the powdered sugar. Dust with more powdered sugar before serving, if desired.


  • Pecans can be used in place of walnuts.
  • Walnut snowball cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • This recipe was written for a conventional oven.  For convection ovens, reduce the temperature by 25 degrees and begin checking for doneness at the 75% mark.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.2g | Protein: 2.5g | Fat: 8.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.7g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 6.5g