What are Snowballs? Also known as Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies, or Butterballs, these are a nutty, buttery cookie that is soft and tender and melts in your mouth. Because of their snowy appearance, they are a popular Christmas cookie, often showing up on holiday cookie platters.
Start by creaming the butter, powdered sugar, and salt with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Blend in the vanilla, then gradually add the flour.
Using a wooden spoon or spatula, work the walnuts into the dough. You may find it a bit crumbly, but it will eventually come together.
Press it into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
Now scoop out the dough and using your hands work it into 1-inch balls. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until set and lightly golden, but not browned.
Fill a bowl with powdered sugar and gently roll the warm cookies until they are covered. Place them on a cooling rack to cool completely. Then give them once more roll in the sugar to make them sweet, snowy, and perfect!
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