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Snowball Cookies aka "Poofer Snoofies"

My mom always makes these cookies at Christmas time and they are so perfectly festive! These are similar to snowball cookies, Mexican tea cakes, Russian tea cakes... whatever you like to call them. Our family calls them "Poofer Snoofies"!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Christmas, Cookies, Gifts, Holiday, Holiday Baking
Servings: 4 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Powdered sugar for rolling the cookies in


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • In a large bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla together on high speed until creamy.
  • Stir in the flower, nuts and salt until the dough holds together. Do not over mix or cookies will be tough. Mix just until combined.
  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place about 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges begin to brown and cookies are set. Remove cookie sheet from oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  • Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar. Cool on rack. Roll in powdered sugar again until coated well.


To easily chop the walnuts, I used my mini food processor. It makes the chopping much easier and isn't as heavy and hard to clean as a large food processor!
Tools and Ingredients:
KitchenAid Mixer | Cuisinart Mini Food Processor | Rodelle Vanilla Extract