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Macadamia Nut Snowball Cookies Recipe

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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.

macadamia nut snowball cookies

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.

stacked cookies

Day 3 of the 12 days of cookies: Macadamia nut snowball cookies.

If you missed days 1-2, check them out below

cookie dough

Here in Hawai’i I like to use macadamia nuts in this recipe. Other add in options are

  • Pecan
  • Walnut
  • Or if you have nut allergies chocolate chips make a good addition

What’s in macadamia nut snowball cookies?

  • Only 6 ingredients
    • Butter
    • Powdered sugar
    • Vanilla (try my homemade vanilla recipe)
    • Flour
    • Salt
    • And the star of the show. . . macadamia nuts
macadamia nut snowball cookie recipe ingredients

This snowball cookie recipe is egg free for those with egg allergies.

close up snowball cookies

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.
christmas wreath with snowball cookies

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.

snowball cookie dough balls

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

Macadamia Nut Snowball Cookies

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Snowball cookies are the epitome of Christmas and holiday cookies. This recipe for macadamia nut snowball cookies is a must have in your cookie recipe arsenal.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir in flour, salt, and macadamia nuts until just incorporated.
  4. Shape dough into about 1 inch balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet about an inch apart.
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until just lightly browned on the edges. Place on a wire rack to cool slightly.
  6. While still warm, roll cookies in powdered sugar and return to the cooling rack to cool.

Notes

*You can substitute macadamia nuts for walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips, etc.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

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By on December 3rd, 2019

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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4 thoughts on “Macadamia Nut Snowball Cookies Recipe”

    • 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!

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  1. 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.

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