My husband calls these ‘snowball cookies’ but they are also commonly referred to as Mexican Wedding Cookies.
I came across these made by the talented Callye of Sweet Sugar Belle, and decided I wanted to make some for Valentine’s day. I’m not so much a red girl, so I opted for the very lovely, very predictable, Pink!
I told my husband about them and he said “oh you mean snowball cookies?” I had never tried or seen them before, but apparently his mom makes them every year for Christmas. I asked her about them and she was happy to share her recipe. I compared it to Callye’s, and it was identical, except Callye’s had 2x more nuts. I texted my mother-in-law to tell her this and she said her recipe had been in the family for generations! How funny that they were the same!
I am pretty much obsessed with walnuts in my cookies, so I opted for the double amount.
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened – or cut up into small chunks
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Food coloring (optional)
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups chopped nuts (I used walnuts… pecans and almonds are also a popular choice)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar for rolling
1. Mix together butter and powdered sugar until fluffy, then add vanilla and food coloring.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and salt, then stir in the nuts.
3. Add flour/nut mixture to butter mixture a little at a time until fully incorporated. The batter was very thick; I had to make husband stir it with a wooden spoon because my mixer couldn’t take it.
4. Form into 1″ balls, and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
5. Immediately after pulling from the oven, roll in powdered sugar then place on a cooling rack. After all cookies are baked and rolled and cooled, roll once more in powdered sugar.
6. Store in an airtight container with the remaining powdered sugar to keep them well dusted.
**I just realized after typing this that my mother-in-law’s recipe says to bake at 300 for 30 minutes. I am curious what difference that would make to these, since they have all the same ingredients. I will have to have her try these and tell me what she thinks?
Make something sweet for those that you love for Valentine’s Day! <3