Snowball cookies are the epitome of Christmas and holiday cookies. This recipe for macadamia nut snowball cookies is a must have in your cookie arsenal.
Crumbly, buttery shortbread with bits of macadamia nuts rolled in powdered sugar. Yum yum yum. I’d have to say that this is my favorite Christmas cookie. I mean what’s more holiday than snowballs? But you really can have this cookie anytime of year.
Whether you call these snowball cookies like me, melting moments, Mexican wedding cookies, or Russian tea cookies, we are all talking about the same delicious cookie with some minor variations.
Day 3 of the 12 days of cookies: Macadamia nut snowball cookies.
If you missed days 1-2, check them out below
- Day 1: Easy chocolate chip cookies
- Day 2: Soft oatmeal cookies
Here in Hawai’i I like to use macadamia nuts in this recipe. Other add in options are
- Or if you have nut allergies chocolate chips make a good addition
What’s in macadamia nut snowball cookies?
- Only 6 ingredients
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla (try my homemade vanilla recipe)
- And the star of the show. . . macadamia nuts
This snowball cookie recipe is egg free for those with egg allergies.
These cookies are really simple to make. Some tips for great cookies:
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This creates the best texture and flavor.
- Use a small cookie scoop to portion out your cookies. This keeps them uniform and offers a consistent bake time.
- Use powdered sugar rather than granulated sugar in the dough. This creates the classic melt in your mouth consistency of this cookie.
- Roll the cookies in powdered sugar while still warm. This helps the sugar better adhere to the cookie.
How to store these cookies?
These cookies are best kept in an airtight container at room temperature. It will keep for about 5 days.
Can you freeze the dough?
Yes. Roll out the balls and freeze. Store in an airtight container or zip top bag for about 6 months. When ready to bake, allow cookies to defrost until softened.
How to make this recipe for macadamia nut snowball cookies?
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
Stir in flour, salt, and macadamia nuts until just incorporated.
Shape dough into about 1 inch balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet about an inch apart.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until just lightly browned on the edges. Place on a wire rack to cool slightly.
While still warm, roll cookies in powdered sugar and return to the cooling rack to cool.
Macadamia Nut Snowball Cookies
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup macadamia nuts finely chopped
- powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
- Stir in flour, salt, and macadamia nuts until just incorporated.
- Shape dough into about 1 inch balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet about an inch apart.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until just lightly browned on the edges. Place on a wire rack to cool slightly.
- While still warm, roll cookies in powdered sugar and return to the cooling rack to cool.
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8 thoughts on “Macadamia Nut Snowball Cookies Recipe”
Believe it or not, I’ve been searching for this recipe for some time. I’m glad you mentioned they freeze well; since it helps to prep a few baked goods to make entertaining less stressful.
Aww yay I’m glad you found this recipe. And yes pre making cookie dough is always a great idea. Unexpected guests show up, just pop in some cookies. Let me know how they turn out if you ever make them. Have a great day!
Hi Relle, I was wondering if you could find/make a recipe of the Uber Factory’s ube tarts? I’ve tried looking for a recipe, but had no luck. I would love to make these at home, but I don’t know where to start.
Hi Ashley. Ube tarts are so yummy. Definitely on the list of things to make.
Macadamia Nut Snowball recipe make a great thumbprint base!
Ooh nice. Thanks for sharing.