Almond Snowball Cookies

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Almond Snowball Cookies


These cookies are a staple in our family around the holidays. Most people make their snowball cookies with pecans, but my mom always made hers with almonds. I love the unique taste and texture of the almonds and it gives the cookies a little something extra. The cookies will simply melt in your mouth and good luck just eating one!

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Gather your ingredients

  • 1 Cup Almonds
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar for Coating

IMG_1048Cream butter and sugar together using an electric mixer.

IMG_1050Make sure there are no butter lumps. Use room temperature butter for a better consistency.

Add vanilla extract and almond extract.

IMG_1069Grind almonds (or use almond flour) IMG_1055Mix in the flour, cinnamon, pecans, and salt to mixer.

IMG_1056Cover and refrigerate dough for approximately one hour.

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Heat oven to 350 degrees.

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Scoop tablespoon sized dough balls onto a baking sheet and form them into a ball.

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Bake 12-14 minutes and allow them to cook completely.

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Coat the cooled cookies in powdered sugar.

I also think they taste good when they are coated in powdered sugar before they go into the oven, but its totally up to you!

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Almond Snowball Cookies


These cookies are a stable in our family around the holidays. Most people make their snowball cookies with pecans, but my mom always made hers with almonds. I love the unique taste and texture of the almonds and it gives the cookies a little something extra. The cookies will simply melt in your mouth and good luck just eating one!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup Almonds
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar for Coating

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Gather your ingredients
  2.  Cream butter and sugar together using an electric mixer.
  3.  Make sure there are no butter lumps. Use room temperature butter for a better consistency.
  4.  Grind almonds (or use almond flour)
  5.  Mix in the flour, cinnamon, pecans, and salt to mixer.
  6.  Add vanilla extract and almond extract.
  7.  Cover and refrigerate dough for approximately one hour.
  8.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  9.  Scoop tablespoon sized dough balls onto a baking sheet and form them into a ball. Bake 12-14 minutes and allow them to cook completely.
  10.  Coat the cooled cookies in powdered sugar.
  11.  Enjoy!

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Three Questions for you!

  1. Have you ever made snowball cookies?
  2. What kinds of cookies to you make on Christmas?
  3. What is the most Christmas-y thing you’ve done this holiday?
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Comments

  • Melissa

    Hey Taralynn these look so good!
    Im about to make them now but like other people Im a little confused with the ingredients! 🙂 Is it both 1cup almonds and 1 cup pecans (so 2 cups of nuts in this recipe?)

    Thanks!

    Reply to Melissa
  • Roxanne

    This looks delicious! I will definitely be baking this when I get home!

    Reply to Roxanne
  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Yum! I love almonds even more than pecans so I need to make this version!!

    I love making sandtart cookies and chocolate chip for christmas!

    Reply to Heather @ Polyglot Jot
  • Amanda

    These were so good. Our family loves almond based cookies.

    Reply to Amanda
  • KLB

    We are Norwegian and always have a big cookie platter. Snowball cookies are a staple but make them without nuts due to severe nut allergies. I use all crushed vanilla wafers. Hopefully some day we can use nuts again.

    Reply to KLB
  • Margaret

    You take great photos.

    Reply to Margaret
  • Emily

    This year has been a little less Christmas-y since it was spent in Hawaii. However, I did go to an ugly sweater party before we left and made gingerbread houses :). I am so inspired to make a healthy version of these delicious looking cookies!

    Reply to Emily
  • Whity

    I did the powdered sugar like you suggested before putting the cookies in the oven and really liked it

    Reply to Whity
  • Alyssa

    Have you ever tried making these with chocolate chips? One of my coworkers made them with chocolate chips for a cookie exchange and they were really good! Especially for me because I don’t like nuts lol!

    Reply to Alyssa
  • Bobbie Lea

    Have you ever made snowball cookies? Nope, are they like wedding cookies?
    What kinds of cookies to you make on Christmas? Cookies aren’t our dessert staple, pies are. But my Mom did make some cake-mix cookies this year. They were okay.
    What is the most Christmas-y thing you’ve done this holiday?
    I took the bath sets I got for Christmas and took the soaps and things by the homeless shelter. I have sensitive skin and can’t use most body washes but I don’t want to be ungrateful so I accept them and then give them away.

    Reply to Bobbie Lea
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Exactly like wedding cookies!

      We used to do pies when we were home in Iowa becuase my grandpa would make them 🙂

      Love that you gave back! xo

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Lindsay @ A Runnaroundd Life

    We made some of these yesterday, too! But yours look like they came out way better than ours 🙂 Thanks for another year of awesome content, inspiration and positivity (and also delicious recipes). I love coming here knowing I can find all that plus more. <3 <3 Merry Christmas!

    Reply to Lindsay @ A Runnaroundd Life
  • Amanda

    Those look amazing

    Reply to Amanda
  • Penny

    There are no pecans in your ingredient list…

    Reply to Penny
  • Nicole

    Hey Taralynn,

    This recipe looks great! I love almond extract so I’m super excited to try this one. However, on step #5 it mentions pecans. Did you mean to type almonds? Or are there pecans in the recipe as well? They aren’t listed in the ingredient list so I’m confused.

    Nicole

    Reply to Nicole
  • Ashton Jury

    Love these! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve, are you doing the Feast of the Seven Fishes with Nicks Family tonight? I was just reading about it, and I think I need to meet an Italian family so I can celebrate it, my family is Spanish and French so we’ve got our own traditions, and my husbands family is all over the place with what they do. Have a wonderful night! Can’t wait to see more recipes!

    Reply to Ashton Jury
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks!

      They don’t do the feast of seven fishes but I wish they did! 🙂 I spend Christmas Eve with my family and Nick. We eat crab legs, open presents and play board games!I hope you have wonderful Christmas as well!

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Mia

    Why is there pecans in the picture if you aren’t using them?

    Reply to Mia

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