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Snowball Sugar Cookies


December 12, 2013 by BettyCupcakes

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Snowball Sugar Cookies | #sugarcookie #snowball

If snow had a smell, I’m pretty sure it would smell just like these sugar cookies.

What a world that would be, right?!

This is my family’s absolute favorite Christmas cookie recipe, y’all.  Truly, the holiday season doesn’t kick off for me until I bake my first batch of these Snowball Sugar Cookies.  I can’t remember a Christmas when these weren’t perched on a red plate waiting for me to devour 2 (or 12).

And I can see from the internet that I’m not alone.  In the last week alone, I’ve counted at least 5 other variations of these simple sweets.

Here are just a couple that caught my eye!

Mexican Wedding Cakes from In the Kitchen With Jenny 

Gluten-Free Lemon Snowball Cookies form Taste and Tell

Clearly, when it comes to Christmas baked goods, sugar cookies reign supreme.  That might explain why I’ve got 6 dozen unbaked snowball cookies in my freezer waiting for Christmas- after their debut at the Thanksgiving table, I received several requests.

Happy baking!

Snowball Sugar Cookies | #sugarcookie #snowball

 Snowball Sugar Cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift flour and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla.  Beat until well-mixed about 3 minutes, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and then beat 1 minute more.
  5. While beating on low, gradually add the flour mixture to the mixer.  Mix on low for 2-3 minutes until all flour is incorporated.  Finish mixing by hand to make sure all the flour is incorporated into the butter and sugar.
  6. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until just barely browned on the bottom.
  8. While cookies are baking, place the powdered sugar in a large bowl.
  9. Once the cookies have finished baking, roll the still hot cookies in the powdered sugar and then cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Once the cookies have cooled, roll them again in the powdered sugar.

Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies

What is your favorite cookie to bake during the holiday season?

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