You may know these as butterball cookies or sandies, but ‘snowball’ cookies are more fitting of the season.
They’re everyone’s favorite Christmas cookie and the proof is in the way they are the first to disappear off holiday cookie trays.
They melt in your mouth in a flurry of buttery sweetness making it impossible to eat just one.
That’s OK because this recipe makes a lot!
A tradition in my family since I was a kid – it wouldn’t be Christmas without them.
- 1 cup (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for rolling
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 and ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla together in a medium bowl until fluffy. Add flour and salt.
- Mix well. The dough may be too thick to use a mixer at this point.
- Add nuts and continue mixing until incorporated throughout.
- Chill dough for ½ hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
- Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes until set but not brown.
- While still hot roll in confectioners’ sugar. Cool. Then roll again in confectioners’ sugar.