Almond Snowball Cookies (VIDEO)
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. This snowball cookie recipe freezes really well so they are a 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 almond Christmas 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 🙂
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
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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 :).
⬇PRINT-FRIENDLY Almond Snowball Cookies Recipe:
Almond Snowball Cookies (VIDEO)
- 16 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for rolling cookies
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour *measured correctly
- 1/2 tsp salt we used fine sea salt
- 1 cup almond finely ground meal or almond flour
- 1/2 Tbsp orange zest from 1 medium orange
Preheat oven to 400˚F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use an oversized 3/4 sized cookie sheet or use 2 regular half sheets.
How to make Almond Snowball Cookie:
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together 1/2 lb softened butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract, just until smooth.
Add 2 cups all-purpose flour in 3 increments, mixing on medium/low speed between each addition, then add 1/2 tsp salt and 1 cup almond meal, mixing to combine.
Add 1/2 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.
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.
Fill a bowl with 1 to 1 1/2 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
*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.
Note: Nutritional values are per cookie. Recipe yields 40 cookies.
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,