Almond Snowball Cookies (VIDEO)

Darling almond snowball cookies that melt in your mouth! Almond Snowball Cookies are perfect for Christmas cookie platters and gifting (make-ahead recipe!) | natashaskitchen.com

These darling almond snowball cookies just melt in your mouth! They are perfect for your Christmas cookie platter and gifting. We love them year round but they are so popular this time of year because they look like little snowballs.

P.S. They freeze really well so they are make-ahead cookie #SCORE!! Make them fully including powdered sugar and just dust with fresh powdered sugar once they are thawed and sitting on your cookie platter. They’ll taste just as good as the day you made them!

Watch How to Make Almond Snowball Cookies:

The almond flour and fresh orange zest give these cookies wonderful depth of flavor compared to traditional snowball cookies. Watch the quick video recipe to see just how easy these are to make! You’ll make this recipe over and over 🙂

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Ingredients for Almond Snowball Cookies:

16 Tbsp (1/2 lb, or 226 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for rolling cookies
1 tsp vanilla extract (see 2-ingredient recipe)
2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour *measured correctly
1/2 tsp salt (we used fine sea salt)
1 cup (100 grams) almond finely ground meal or almond flour
1/2 Tbsp orange zest from 1 medium orange

Darling almond snowball cookies that melt in your mouth! Almond Snowball Cookies are perfect for Christmas cookie platters and gifting (make-ahead recipe!) | natashaskitchen.com

What You’ll Need (Amazon Affiliate Links):

3/4 Baking sheet (or 2 half sheets)
Parchment Paper or Silpat liners
Hand Mixer (or see stand mixer instructions for cookies here)
Cookie Scoop with trigger release
Sturdy spatula

Once they are on your cookie platter, dust with extra powdered sugar to make them look like they’ve received a fresh coat of snow :).

Darling almond snowball cookies that melt in your mouth! Almond Snowball Cookies are perfect for Christmas cookie platters and gifting (make-ahead recipe!) | natashaskitchen.com

⬇️PRINT-FRIENDLY Almond Snowball Cookies Recipe:

Almond Snowball Cookies (VIDEO)

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Darling almond snowball cookies that melt in your mouth! Almond Snowball Cookies are perfect for Christmas cookie platters and gifting (make-ahead recipe!)
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $6-$8
Serving: 40 snowball cookies

Ingredients

  • 16 Tbsp (1/2 lb or 226 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (62 grams) powdered sugar, plus more for rolling cookies
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour *measured correctly
  • ½ tsp salt (we used fine sea salt)
  • 1 cup (100 grams) almond finely ground meal or almond flour
  • ½ Tbsp orange zest from 1 medium orange

Instructions

Prep:

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use an oversized ¾ sized cookie sheet or use 2 regular half sheets.

How to make Almond Snowball Cookie:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together ½ lb softened butter, ½ cup powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract, just until smooth.
  2. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour in 3 increments, mixing on medium/low speed between each addition, then add ½ tsp salt and 1 cup almond meal, mixing to combine.
  3. Add ½ Tbsp orange zest and fold with a spatula until it is well incorporated. The dough should stick to the spatula but not to clean fingertips.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls (a cookie scoop makes this process easy, just scoop dough onto the baking sheet then roll into balls with your hands). Place cookies on baking sheet 1-inch apart. You should get 35-40 cookies. Bake at 400˚F for 11-13 minutes (I bake 11 min for softer cookies), or until edges are lightly golden. Transfer to wire rack and cool 5 minutes.
  5. Fill a bowl with 1 to 1½ cups powdered sugar and while cookies are warm (not hot), roll them in powdered sugar then place on wire rack to cool completely before rolling them a second time in powdered sugar. **See storage tips

Notes

*Measure flour by spooning into measuring cup then scraping off the top.
**Store covered at room temperature up to a week, or place in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and freeze up to 3 months.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

Darling almond snowball cookies that melt in your mouth! Almond Snowball Cookies are perfect for Christmas cookie platters and gifting (make-ahead recipe!) | natashaskitchen.com

 

Q: What is YOUR favorite Christmas cookie? 

P.P.S. Next week I have a new video recipe to share with you that will be the highlight of your Christmas cookie platter. It is a gem of a recipe that was shared with me by a friend and I CANT WAIT to share it with you all!

I hope you, yes YOU personally, are having a Merry Christmas season. Is your tree up? Are you done shopping? Did you order Christmas cards? So many questions!! 🙂

Loads of Love,

-Natasha

Darling almond snowball cookies that melt in your mouth! Almond Snowball Cookies are perfect for Christmas cookie platters and gifting (make-ahead recipe!) | natashaskitchen.com

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  • emma
    February 13, 2018

    Can use vegan butter instead of butter and make them vegan ? I love your recipes, you are my go too recipe girl :). Thank you for all the effort to make all the recipes perfect . Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 13, 2018

      Hi Emma, I’m so glad you enjoying our recipes 🙂 I honestly haven’t experimented that way so I can’t advise on that substitution. If you experiment, please let me know how it goes since someone else may have the same question. Sorry I can’t be more help with that! Reply

  • JD
    January 6, 2018

    I think I will try using Almond extract when I make these. They look pretty. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 6, 2018

      Thank you JD! Please let me know what you think of the recipe. Reply

  • Natasha
    December 24, 2017

    I made these tonight, but I substituted gluten-free flour for the all purpose flour. They came out amazing. I was making them to bring for Christmas, but I’ve eaten so many that I’ll have to bake another batch! I also added more vanilla and more orange rind than the recipe called for but I think it would still be fine without those changes. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 26, 2017

      I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe Natasha! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review with other readers! Reply

  • Marina Cammack
    December 23, 2017

    Really good and super easy. Thank you Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 23, 2017

      You’re welcome Marina! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your review! Reply

  • donia gad
    December 19, 2017

    It is soo amazing and so delicious.
    Really thank you natasha for your wonderful cookies.😍😍😍😍 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 19, 2017

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you love them! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Chris Portelli
    December 17, 2017

    Are these similar to mexican wedding cookies pls? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 17, 2017

      Hi Chris, there are some similarities but they are 2 separate recipes. You can compare to our walnut cookies which are more the traditional “Mexican Wedding Cookies.” Reply

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