Snowball Cookies Recipe #holiday #christmas #homemade #gift #package #labels

My mother, Barbara White, has been baking these for over sixty years. I asked her where she got the recipe, and she doesn’t know; but I remember even when I was four or five years old that these were my very favorite Christmas cookies that she baked. I remember helping her roll them in the powdered sugar. This year Mom is 91, and is not baking as much as she used to. I thought a lovely tribute to her would be to bake up these sweet little cakes and give them out to family at our Mother’s Day brunch. I made a label with Mom’s photo from when she was young, and used window tin-tie bags so you could see the cakes inside.

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Snowball Cookies Recipe #holiday #christmas #homemade #gift #package #labels

Many countries have their own variation of this delicious little cake. In Oaxaca, Mexico, they are called wedding cakes and are a traditional favor for guests, where they are served in delicate pouches of ruffled white tissue paper. In Russia they are known as tea cakes, and as long ago as the 1700’s were served there as a sweet accompaniment to afternoon tea; they are still popular today as a special treat. In Greece they are called Kourambiethes and are also a traditional wedding cookie. They are known as Kipfel in Austria, Mandulas Kiflik in Bulgaria, Rohlichky in Ukraine, Polvorones in Italy, and in the U.S. they are called Almond Butter Balls, Snowballs, and Moldy Mice. All over the world people know what’s good, and they save the richest, finest foods for their special occasions.

Pine nuts or chopped pecans can be used in place of the slivered almonds with excellent results. Use real butter for the full effect.

Snowball Cookies Recipe #holiday #christmas #homemade #gift #package #labels

Snowball Cookies

• 1 cup salted butter, soft
• 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1/8 tsp almond extract (if you use almonds)
• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup slivered almonds, roasted
• 2 cups powdered sugar to roll cookies in

Stir together the butter and sugar until thoroughly mixed. Add flavorings and stir, then stir in flour and nuts until well blended. Form into one-inch balls. Refrigerate them until firm – this helps keep their round shape during baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and when ready to bake, place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet, bake for 20 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown. While still hot, roll in powdered sugar. Allow to cool completely before packaging.

This recipe makes about 20 -24 little cakes.

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Jeanne Williamson (138 Posts)

Jeanne and her husband David launched My Own Labels in January of 2000. It was a spin-off of their successful graphic design firm, plus it allowed Jeanne to incorporate her love of baking, making, sewing and creating. Today David and Jeanne continue to be the heart of the operation both creatively and practically.


One comment

  1. Hi, Jeanne! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your website through food gawker! I’m definitely ordering tin-tie bags and labels this year for all my holiday baking. Take care!

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