Snowball Cookies are melt in mouth cookies made by freezing & baking the dough blend with flour, corn flour, nuts, vanilla essence & butter and coating it with icing sugar. Snowball Cookies are kids favourite and commonly prepared during Christmas festive days. Snowball Cookies Recipe is explained in this post with step by step pictures.
I should say these are the easiest cookies that I’ve ever baked. Yes believe me its very easy and my 2.5 yr old helped me throughout the baking process. But should admit this time she accompanied me so well making me think if I can accompany her for my future bakes as well 🙂 And thanks for all ur wishes, will update you next week on how iti goes with her admissions.
When I saw Nags post these snowball cookies I was inspired to try as the main reason was easy available ingredients and the method seemed to be fuss free. Then happened to see the recipe in joyofbaking too so referred both and came up with these lovely cookies.
NOTE : I halved the above recipe and got 15 bite sized cookies.
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- 1 and 1/2 cups maida / all purpose flour ~210 gms
- 1 and 1/2 cups corn flour – 1/2 cup ~65 gms
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup powdered or icing sugar ~40 gms
- 1 cup unsalted butter ~200 gms
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 to 3 tbsp chopped nuts I used walnuts & cashew nuts
For the topping:
- 1/2 cup powdered or icing sugar ~80 gms - You may not end up using it fully
- In a bowl add butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence – beat well until creamy. Now add the chopped nuts and give a quick stir.
- In a separate bowl first whisk together maida, corn flour and salt.
- Then add maida, corn flour mixture to butter sugar mixture.
- Mix well to form a dough – Don't knead it, just bring them all together that is just enough. If its doesn’t collect together add few drops of milk to bring it together to a soft buttery dough.
- Wrap it and refrigerate for 30-40mins or until it becomes firm.
- Preheat oven to 177 deg C for 10mins.
- Line butter paper in the tray and keep it ready.
- Pinch equal sized balls and roll them with your palms and place it in prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart.
- Bake the cookies for 15mins(In my oven it took 20mins) or until the base turns golden brown. The top doesn't change color so be careful in checking the bottom.
- Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 3-5 minutes.
- While the cookies are still warm, roll each cookie in icing sugar until fully coated.
- Allow it to cool down then store it in airtight container, it stays well for about a week. Enjoy Snowball Cookies!
- The cookies are slightly crunchy and melt in the mouth texture because of the corn flour addition.
- The nuts give a very nice addition so don't skip it. And if you prefer you can slightly flatten the cookies too.
Snowball cookies Step by Step
1.In a bowl add butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence – beat well until creamy. Now add the chopped nuts and give a quick stir.
2.In a separate bowl first whisk together maida, cornflour and salt.Then add maida, cornflour mixture to butter sugar mixture. Mix well to form a dough – Dont knead it, just bring them all together that is just enough. If its doesn’t collect together add few drops of milk to bring it together to a soft buttery dough. Wrap it and refrigerate for 30-40mins or until it becomes firm.
3.Preheat oven to 177 deg C for 10mins. Line butter paper in the tray and keep it ready. Pinch equal sized balls and roll them with your palms and place it in prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake the cookies for 15mins(In my oven it took 20mins) or until the base turns golden brown. The top doesnt change color so be careful in checking the bottom.
4.Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 3-5 minutes. While the cookies are still warm, roll each cookie in icing sugar until fully coated. Allow it to cool down then store it in airtight container, it stays well for about a week.
The main difference between melting moments and the mexican cookies – Both are round balls coated with icing sugar, both are shortbread like cookie that rely on butter as one of the main ingredients. But there are a few differences between these two cookies: one is that Mexican Wedding Cakes(Cookies) contain chopped/ground nuts, and melting moments is that it replaces some of the flour with corn flour so the cookies really “melt-in-your-mouth”. But I added the nuts as I like the crunch in my cookies.
- The orginal recipe says to arrange the baked cookies and sprinkle icing sugar. But I prefered rolling them as I find it easy and spreading even. When you plan to store it….If desired, just sprinkle the top of the cookies with icing sugar before serving.
- The cookies are slightly crunchy and melt in the mouth texture becos of the cornflour addition.
- The nuts give a very nice addition so dont skip it. And if you prefer you can slightly flatten the cookies too.
These cookies are called by different names : snow ball or melting moments or mexican wedding cakes(cookies). Whatever be the names, the taste is awesome and am sure this recipe is going to be my keeper. Dont give excuses and bake these cookies, and I am sure you will love them as much as me and my family did 🙂
wow am drooling dear….beautiful cookies…mouthwatering too…
Stunning cookies 🙂 it happens everywhere… first i thought that my elder one is alone interested in cooking and now the second one has also joined 🙂 esp they love baking 🙂
so glad you tried and liked them 🙂
Very cute looking snowball cookies.
cute snowball cookies. Pictures looks great
beautiful cookies..will try this.
very nicely baked cookies,,they came out perfect…
cookies looks delicious.
Snowball cookies my fav too..yes it just melts in your mouth…looks so yumm 🙂 Kutty sharmi is getting ready 🙂
Delicious cookies to munch on and header looks super cute 🙂
Cute and yummy cookies…
Yummy and totally inviting. Perfect for the holiday season.
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that looks so cute…a must try
looks delicious and incredibly simple too 🙂 will try this once I get into the kitchen 🙂
sharmi…i too saw this in nags blog and have bookmarked it immediately…You have made it perfetly..Awesome..
Perfect xmas cookies…and awesome clicks.
so cute snowballs..wish i could grab few..
ohh too good.. i will def try it.. i also tried out ur pori urundai for karthigai n it came out well pls chk the post ..
Cute cookies….looks awesome. Wish i could grab one.
Awesome looking cookies! I am drooling!
I luv this recipe which yields the best cookies….But i make it as flat cookies.
So cute looking cookies, looks like they will just melt in mouth 🙂
Looks very cute and delicious..now you inspired me too bake these cuties 🙂
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they are one of my favs, its been ages since ive baked them, shud give it a go
drooling here…….superb cookies…….
yummy ones.. nice click too sharmi…
Oh am loving those plump and yummy cookies!
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It is always fun to bake with kids, and i love these cookies they look yummy.
Snow white cookies…perfect X'mas cookies.
cute looking cookies and nicely explained too. love ur header.
Looks cute…nice recipe
i m simply staring with tongue outside!!!! that cookies looks awesome!! 🙂 🙂
I have seen these cookies in a few blogs and they certainly look very enticing! Great for all ocassions!
These really look so delicious. Thanks I am bookmarking them.
Ah, melting moments… how they melt in your mouth! I second you, these are the best and easiest cookies to bake. I've a recipe on my blog and admittedly it's one of the most popular and something I always recieve kudos for 🙂
Really looks easy. Will do it in near future.
Looks really melt in the mouth, lovely pictures.
Cute and real melt in mouth..yum
They are perfect for Christmas and the snowy season!
They looks so very pretty and well baked!
lovely cookies, looks so delicious…well presented!!
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As usual your pics and the recipes are wonderful !
melt in the mouth Sharmu !
I made these cookies last week, the recipe is slightly different. Yrs have come out really well 🙂
nice recipe and also simple to do.thanks
This is so very tempting,I'm gonna try this today.Thanks for the detailed recipe Sharmi 🙂
Is it Makai atta or Corn starch in this recipe as well as Short bread cookie recipe?
It is cornflour that we use for gobi 65, not sure whether corn starch and cornflour are the same….
can we still bake the cookies without butter paper.thx.
Butter paper ensure baking evenly and avoids burning at the bottom…so I recommend using them.
Do you mean corn starch or is corn flour a certain kind of flour?
I googled and found that they are the same