Classic snowball cookies with walnuts are an easy and addictive treat. Who cares if there’s snow on the ground when you can enjoy these instead?
When I was a kid, I lived in one of those neighborhoods where everyone knew each other.
We had block parties every summer and ran around together as little kids exploring the streams, creeks,and woods behind our houses. For a couple of years, we even went on vacation together.
Are there still neighborhoods like this anymore?
One of my favorite neighborhood events was always the annual cookie exchange. My mother would pack up a bunch of Buckeye candies and come back home with dozens of ziplock bags filled with different cookies.
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Some of our neighbors tried different recipes each year, but there were always a few recipes that were made every single year.
One of my favorites that were made every year, were Snowball cookies. You might call them Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes; but we always preferred their wintery nickname.
I wish that I had the original recipe from the exchange. Sweet, melt-in-your-mouth, nutty goodness. And when I started this series, I just knew I had to include them.
But how to make them?
Some recipes call for walnuts, others pecans. Some recipes are heavy on the granulated sugar and others on the powdered sugar.
In the end, I decided to ever so slightly adapt the recipe found at Simply Recipes, deciding that simpler really is better in this case. (Also, we already had more than enough walnuts in the house…why go buying something else?)
The result was perfectly crunchy and sweet cookies that immediately brought me back to my childhood. It was hard not to eat the entire batch myself!
Snowball Cookies with Walnuts
Classic snowball cookies with walnuts are an easy and addictive treat. Who cares if there's snow on the ground when you can enjoy these instead?
- 1/2 C All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 C Cake Flour
- 1/8 t salt
- 1/4 C powdered sugar
- 2 T white sugar
- 1.5 C finely chopped walnuts
- 1/2 C 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract best quality
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Whisk together flours, salt and sugars.
- Add walnuts and butter, mixing by hand until coarse and crumbly.
- Form into small balls. (I used a melon baller). Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Cool for 3 minutes, until warm, but just cool enough to handle. Roll in powdered sugar and finish cooling.
- While still warm, but not hot, roll the balls in powdered sugar.
(recipe adapted from Simply Recipes)
Were snowball cookies a part of your holiday traditions?
What is your favorite holiday cookie from your childhood?