I remember my grandmother making these cookies when I was a kid, in her little kitchen in Bowie, MD, with it’s yellow table & chairs and old-time microwave with a spin dial. She’d store them — and what seemed like a million other varieties — in big tupperware containers in the laundry room, pulling them out for me and my Paw-Paw to sneak a taste!
Walnut snowballs — also known as Russian tea cakes or Mexican wedding cakes — have to be one of the simplest Christmas cookies to make. There are relatively few ingredients and just a few simple steps involved, and what you end up with is a delicious, flavorful cookie that’s not overly sweet. Although I hadn’t had or made them in several years before preparing this post, I think these will be part of my regular holiday baking from this year forward.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups walnuts finely chopped
- 2-3 Tbsp sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 pound butter softened
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar set aside
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Combine flour, walnuts, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Mix in vanilla extract. Cut butter in little pieces and mix together until you have a coarse dough.
Form walnut-size balls from the dough (a melon baller works perfectly!) and place on a cookie sheet 1″ apart.
Bake for 35 minutes.
Let cool slightly and then roll in powdered sugar. Move to a rack to cool completely.
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|Mandi Ehman is the founder and publisher behind Life Your Way as well as a wife and homeschooling mom to four beautiful girls. She lives with her family on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia and loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.|