Snowball Cookies


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time15 mins
  • Makes42 cookies
*PLUS Baking Time: 8 minutes
Snowball Cookies

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These tender snowballs will melt in your mouth. For a sweet surprise, tuck a piece of chocolate in the centre of each ball.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup ground almonds

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, or chocolate chunks, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). In a medium bowl, stir flour with almonds and salt until evenly mixed. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, beat butter with 1/2 cup (125 mL) icing sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla. On low speed or using a wooden spoon, beat flour mixture into butter mixture.

  • Scoop about 1 tbsp (15 mL) dough and flatten into a disc. To add a chocolate centre, press 2 chocolate chips or 1 chocolate chunk into centre of the disc. Roll dough around chocolate, forming a 1-in. (2.5-cm) ball. Repeat with remaining dough and chocolate. Place on an ungreased baking sheet, at least 1 in. (2.5 cm) apart.

  • Bake in centre of oven until puffed and golden on bottom when lifted, from 8 to 10 min. Remove cookies to a rack to cool for 5 min. Place remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) icing sugar in a shallow bowl. Then roll warm cookies in sugar until evenly coated and return to rack to cool completely. Cookies will keep well stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a week or in the freezer up to 1 month.

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