It’s been several years since The Netherlands had seen any snowfall, but this past weekend changed that. We got snow! The kids were happy to be outside all day rolling around in the snow, eventually making a snowman, while I was inside making snowballs of my own, Snowball Cookies that is.
Snowball Cookies literally melt in your mouth. The buttery shortbread-like cookies are made with finely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts) and twice rolled in powdered sugar (once while the cookies are still warm, and then later when the cookies are cooled).
These cookies are often referred to as Mexican Wedding Cookies (polvorones) or Russian Tea Cakes. The true origin of these cookies remains unknown as there is no particular connection to either Mexican or Russian cuisine, but what is certainly clear is that the recipes are exactly the same.
A perfect treat especially for the holiday season, but also enjoyed during other festive occasions or simply any other day of the year.
Snowball Cookies (Mexican Wedding Cookies/Russian Tea Cakes)
A shortbread-like cookie made with ground nuts and powdered sugar that will melt in your mouth. Delicious!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2-1/4 cups flour
- 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (either walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Extra powdered sugar (approximately 1 cup) for rolling
- Step 1 Heat oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees celsius)
- Step 2 In a large bowl mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla until fluffy. Add in flour, nuts and salt. Mix until the dough holds together. (At this point you can cover and chill the dough or bake immediately).
- Step 3 Shape into balls (approximately 1 heaping teaspoon). Place on baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes.
- Step 4 Cool slightly on wire rack.
- Step 5 Roll in powdered sugar while still warm.
- Step 6 Roll again in powdered sugar when slightly cooled.