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. 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!

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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 🙂

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

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 to Make Snowball Cookies (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)

5 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 19 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Darling almond snowball cookies that melt in your mouth! Almond Snowball Cookies are perfect for Christmas cookie platters and gifting (make-ahead recipe!)
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Calories: 85 kcal
Servings: 40 snowball cookies

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

Prep:

  1. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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 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

Recipe 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.
Note: Nutritional values are per cookie. Recipe yields 40 cookies. 

Nutrition Facts
Almond Snowball Cookies (VIDEO)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Potassium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.8%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 2.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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  • Nafisah Innis
    May 21, 2018

    Mines didn’t come out too well. So sad, but it was probably because I made them way too big. I’ll give it another go sometime this week. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 22, 2018

      Hi! Yes, definitely try them smaller per the recipe. If you make them too big you would have to modify the bake time. Reply

  • Trina Flynn
    March 9, 2018

    Hi Natasha,

    Tonight I pulled out your Almond Snowball Cookies recipe and made me some. They are in the oven as I type..They are the perfect little treat for that sweet tooth 🙂 So quick too! Have a wonderful weekend! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 10, 2018

      Hello Trina! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your weekend 🙂 Reply

  • 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

  • Patty Garica
    December 16, 2017

    I saw your video and immediately told myself I needed to bake these. I did and they are sooooo delicious and the orange zest is a burst of surprise. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 16, 2017

      I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe Patty! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Stéphanie
    December 16, 2017

    Quelle est la quantité de beurre en gramme ?? nous comptons que en gramme en France. merci Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 16, 2017

      You will need 226 grams of butter 🙂 Reply

  • Lana
    December 13, 2017

    Where do you get the greater to grate the zest from an orange or lemon ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 13, 2017

      Lana, I bought my zester here but are available in stores like Ross or Bath Bad & Beyond. Reply

  • carole
    December 13, 2017

    These look wonderful! I was wondering if I could use all almond flour instead of the regular flour? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 14, 2017

      To be honest, I have not tried that substitution so it is difficult to guess. If you experiment, let me know if it worked. I suspect you may need to use some kind of flower even if it is gluten-free flour for the cookies to hold their shape. Has anyone else tried that substitution? If so, let us know! Thanks friends! Reply

      • LeAnn
        December 25, 2017

        I used all almond flour from two different sources. They turned out great. I also cut up pecans into tiny pieces and mixed them in the cookie. I found you need to add a little more almond flour to help the consistency of the cookies. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          December 26, 2017

          I’m glad to hear the recipe is a success LeAnn! Thanks for sharing your review with other readers! Reply

  • Dawn
    December 13, 2017

    what can I use instead of almond meal as a substitute? My daughter is allergic to almonds but these look so good and I’d like to bake them for my family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 13, 2017

      Hi Dawn, you could finely grind a different nut to make a different nut meal. I have a recipe for a similar cookie that has pieces of walnut in it but no nut meal so you could easily sub the walnuts for chocolate chips if you wanted. Those are also very good. Reply

  • Natalie
    December 11, 2017

    I’ve made these twice now and they taste so good. I found they are more “melting” in texture when I baked for just 11 minutes. Great recipe – keep ’em coming! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 11, 2017

      I’m glad you love the recipe Natalie! Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Lynda
    December 11, 2017

    Made these today, but did not have a cookie scoop. I used a melon baller…I got 32 cookies, so I guess they weren’t that much bigger. Cooked them for 13 minutes. They are beautiful. love the orange flavor. But they crumbled when we bit into them. Were pretty dry and crumbled like powder. The cookie dough mixture was pretty dry to begin with. Don’t know what went wrong . Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 11, 2017

      Hi Lynda, if the cookie dough mixture was dry compared what you see in the video, it would probably be due to proportions being different. When measuring dry ingredients, if you do not have a kitchen scale, make sure you see the note in the recipe on measuring correctly. Pushing a measuring cup into the flour bin can result in up to 25% more flour than what is called for in the recipe (I have tested this). I’m thinking that might be the cause or if any other ingredients proportions were changed. Reply

  • Chantalle
    December 11, 2017

    Are these cookies soft in the inside? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 11, 2017

      Hi Chantalle, they are similar in consistency to a soft shortbread cookie – that is the closest thing I can think to compare them to. Reply

  • Kristina
    December 11, 2017

    Hi Nastasha! I was wondering can I use lemon zest instead of the orange or do think orange would be a better choice?
    Thank you!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 11, 2017

      Hi Kristina, I love the combination of almond and orange but I do think it would still work great with lemon zest 🙂 Reply

  • Alina
    December 10, 2017

    Thanks for the recipe:) looking great! Can I use salted butter and not add the salt? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 11, 2017

      Hi Alina, I always bake with unsalted butter so I can control the salt, but since the salt amount called for is fairly similar to what is normally in salted butter, I think that should work fine to use salted butter in this recipe and omit the additional salt. Reply

  • December 10, 2017

    Dear Natasha,
    Perfect to know these beauties freeze well since I contribute with several sweets’ surprises when gathering for Christmas lunch at my mothers’ so I could make ahead 🙂 Thank you so much ! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 10, 2017

      You’re welcome! I hope everyone loves these cookies! 🙂 Reply

  • ELIZABETH RHYNEER
    December 9, 2017

    Love making this type of cookie but have never added orange, will make today. Thank you for the video Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 9, 2017

      You are very welcome Elizabeth and thank you for watching 😬 Reply

  • Colleen
    December 9, 2017

    Cute video, I just subscribed to your youtube channel because I really can’t cook anything besides desserts and my husband would appreciate some good cooking, lol! Favorite Christmas cookie are those yummy, buttery jam thumbprints. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 9, 2017

      Colleen, thank you so much for subscribing and for watching our videos. I have more cookies coming next week so stay tuned 😬. Reply

  • December 8, 2017

    Hi Natasha,

    I love this recipe. Simple and easy + almond and orange is my favorite combo.Thank you for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 8, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! Reply

  • Marina
    December 8, 2017

    Natasha, I love your website and try most of your recipes! thank you very much for your hard work. I just have one request – could you ask your husband to add picture to the “print” version? I always print recipes but am totally missing the picture. Thanks again!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 8, 2017

      Hi Marina, the format that we currently have does not allow a photo on the print-friendly section but when you actually click the print button, a photo shows up for the recipe and it prints with a photo. Are you not getting a photo printing on your print-friendly version? Reply

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