Butter Snowball Cookies

Butter Snowball Cookies

Every year when I get together with my Mom and sisters for the holidays, we bake Butter Snowball cookies.  Baking Christmas cookies during the holidays is one of our traditions, and Butter Snowballs are a favorite, along with Chocolate Crinkles, Candy cane cookies, and Sugar cookies.

This recipe was passed down from my Great Grandmother, and we have been making them for as long as I can remember.  My in-laws refer to these cookies as Russian Tea Cakes, and I’ve heard that they are known by other names as well.  Regardless of what you call them, they’re small, delicious, and melt in your mouth!

Recipe from: Great Grandma Brandt & Betty Crocker

Butter Snowball Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½  cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2  ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup finely chopped nuts
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Mix butter, ½ cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl.  Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown.  Remove from cookie sheet.  Cool slightly on wire rack.
  5. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack.  Roll in powdered sugar again.

Makes: 4 dozen cookies (recipe can be doubled)


3 Responses to “Butter Snowball Cookies”

  1. 1 Crystal November 4, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    I came across your blog today while searching for the perfect christmas-y cookie to take to an church gathering, and thanks to you, I found it! I’ll be making these cute snowballs!! I’m glad to have another option other than rolling and decorating a ton of sugar cookies! :)

  1. 1 Happy Fall! « Cooking with Karen Trackback on September 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM
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