Snowball Cookies

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Let it snow with these delicious seasonal cookies!

For as long as I can remember, baking Christmas cookies has been the highlight of my holiday season.

A few days before Christmas, my mother would somehow find the time to sit down with two small children to cut, bake, and decorate hundreds of holiday cookies. To this day, when my sister and I come home for the holidays, we still drag out the old recipes and cookie cutters.

Over the years, we’ve modified the tradition a little bit, most notably renaming it “drunk cookie decorating.” In addition to adding wine to the festivities, we’ve also experimented with new recipes.

These Snowball Cookies aren’t strictly Christmas cookies, but the wintery theme is definitely holiday appropriate. These round, delicate Snowball Cookies are true to their name, and make a great addition to any cookie tray. While kids will love the sweet treat, ground walnuts and almond extract give these cookies a rich flavor that adults will love, too.

And these cookies don’t just taste grown up. They also happen to be a skinny treat for the health conscious sweet tooth. It’s a paradox, but there are plenty of us. Fortunately, whole wheat flour and organic ingredients keep these cookies light for a guilt-free indulgence.

Now, these cookies may taste fancy, but they’re actually super simple to make. With only five ingredients, this recipe is a cinch to whip up, making it a perfect last minute dessert.

Just combine the ingredients, roll into one-inch balls, and bake at 400 degrees for eight to ten minutes. To complete the “snowball effect,” roll the cooled cookies in some additional confectioners sugar.

One thing to keep in mind when baking these cookies is the dough. Because of the ground walnuts, you may find the dough a little crumbly and difficult to roll into balls. If this is the case, simply add warm water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough reaches the desired consistency. Then go right ahead and roll them into perfect little snowballs!

This recipe also has room for some fun variations. For a slight flavor variation, try swapping in different nuts, like almonds or pecans. Almonds will really highlight the rich flavor of the almond extract.

Meanwhile, for the chocolate lovers, it’s also easy to make a chocolate version to add to the batch. Just reduce the flour to two cups and add a quarter cup of cocoa powder to the mix.

Whether these Snowball Cookies are a holiday classic or just a fun treat, they score big in flavor and presentation. Let it snow!

If you liked these cookies, be sure to check out some of our other sweet and skinny cookie recipes, including:

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Snowball Cookies

These cookies are a guilt-free indulgence, with only five tasty and wholesome ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 24 people
Serving Size 2 cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author SkinnyMs.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter organic
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar organic, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts ground fine
  • additional confectioners sugar as needed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and extract. On low speed, mix in the flour and walnuts until just combined.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until cookies just begin to brown. Remove from oven and cool. Roll in additional confectioners sugar.

Notes

NOTES and TIPS: If dough is difficult to form into a ball and is crumbly, add a little warm water one tablespoon at a time until dough is easier to handle. Other nuts, such as pecans and almonds, can be substituted for walnuts. For a chocolate option, decrease flour to 2 cups and add 1/4 cup cocoa powder to mix. Continue recipe as directed.
 
 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Christmas, Holiday, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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    1. yes, however it will change the flavor and texture of the cookies. Margarine is also highly processed and is not considered a clean ingredient.

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