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White Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies with Macadamia Nuts put a new twist on an old favorite. Santa loves the traditional snowball cookies recipe, but sometimes even a classic needs a bit of a change. So to combine the old and the new, I updated a popular cookie recipe by adding a fabulous flavor combination. This holiday season, be sure to bake White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Snowballs.
Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies Recipe
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Snowballs are a little blend of old and new. Snowball cookies have always been my mom’s favorite Christmas cookie recipe. You may know them as Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies, but we’ve always called them Snowballs. I’ve always made them the same way, with walnuts, not pecans like many people do, because that’s how mom likes them.
But last year I changed them up just a bit and made Toffee Almond Snowball Cookies. These were quite popular, so I figured I’d do it again. I love the combination of white chocolate macadamia nut (hello, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Dip), so I added those in to make Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies.
Just as tender and buttery as the classic Snowballs, but with the rich macadamia flavor and the little bursts of vanilla. These cookies are the perfect blend of old and new, traditional and modern. Santa is sure to love these cookies as much as your friends and family when you add them to a Christmas cookie platter.
How to make Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies
- You start by creaming together powdered sugar and softened butter.
- Gradually add the flour until it forms a thick dough. It might appear crumbly and sandy at first. Just keep mixing until it comes together.
- Using a wooden spoon or spatula, work the white chocolate chips into the dough.
- Refrigerate until firm.
- Form balls using a tablespoon of dough and place on a cookies sheet.
- Bake until set and barely golden but not browned.
- Roll in powdered sugar. But WAIT! Read the next section to that you have the best, most perfect Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies. This is so critical that it deserves its own section.
Tips for rolling perfect snowball cookies in powdered sugar
I can’t stress this enough, but this is the MOST IMPORTANT part of making snowballs. I mean, how can you call it a snowball if it doesn’t look like a snowball. The key is DOUBLE ROLLING!
- While the cookies are baking, put powdered sugar in a shallow bowl or baking dish.
- After they come out of the oven, let them cool on the sheet for just a couple minutes. You want the cool enough that they don’t crumble, but warm enough to slightly melt the sugar so it sticks.
- Place two or three cookies at a time top down in the sugar. Roll each one around to coat them on all sides, then place on a wire rack. Sometimes the sugar starts to get packed down in the bowl, so loosen it up with a spoon or add more as needed.
- After all the cookies are coated, let them cool completely, then repeat the process with cool cookies. The first layer of sugar acts almost like a frosting or glue to adhere the second coat of powdered sugar just enough that it sticks, but that it still kinda of puffs off and coats your lips as you bite into one. That, my friends, is the joy of a snowball cookie!
Can you freeze snowball cookies?
When it comes to holiday baking, I know many people want to get ahead of the game and bake cookies in advance. Yes, this and these 15 Recipes for Snowball Cookies are a cookie recipe that definitely does freeze well. You can either freeze the dough and bake them when you need them, or freeze the cookies. Just be sure to freeze them after rolling them in powdered sugar or it won’t stick. You could just do the first rolling, then do the final roll after you thaw them out.
What do you need to make snowball cookies?
INSULATED BAKING SHEETS – I don’t always use insulated baking sheets, but I like them for these cookies. Unlike many other cookies, you actually don’t want these to get too golden brown. But they are thick balls that don’t flatten out, so they need some time to bake through the middle. The insulated baking sheets ensure the bottoms don’t brown too much while they are baking.
COOLING RACKS – After you roll the cookies, you do want to set them on a cooling rack to cool completely before the second rolling. I prefer the stackable ones so that I can save counter space while cooling a bunch of cookies.
HAND MIXER – For some cookie recipes, I break out my KitchenAid stand mixer, but this recipe doesn’t make a huge amount of dough, so the giant bowl is a bit of overkill. I still use my little Hamilton Beach hand mixer and that little guy is still kicking. And I’ve made some serious tough cookie doughs with it. And if it dies, I can replace it for only $15.
Modern spins on traditional cookies
- Orange Cardamom Coco-Doodles add exotic flavors to an all-American classic.
- Toffee Almond White Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies take that classic flourless oatmeal cookie and swap the peanutty and chocolaty ingredients for almond butter, toffee, and white chocolate.
- Flourless Fluffernutter Cookies aren’t your usual thumbprint cookie or a plain old peanut butter cookie.
- Combine two favorite cookies in one with Gingerbread Snickerdoodles from The View From Great Island.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Snowballs
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Additional powdered sugar for rolling the cookies
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a large bowl, cream the ½ cup sugar, salt, and butter using a stand mixer or hand mixer. Then mix in the vanilla.
- Gradually add the flour and mix until well combined.
- Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir in the chopped nuts and white chocolate chips.
- Chill dough in the refrigerator until firm.
- Form into balls using about 1 level tablespoon of dough and place on ungreased cookie sheets, preferably lined with parchment.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until barely set, but not browned.
- Cool on the pan for about 5 minutes, then roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar, and place on a rack to cool.
- Once cooled completely, roll in powdered sugar again.
do you use egg? and i dont see where you put the vanilla and salt in the instructions
please let me know. thank you!
Oh silly me! I’ve made these a million times, so I don’t know how I forgot to write where to add those. But there is no egg in this recipe, so that part is correct. Thanks!
Your snowballs are a great way to blend old and new soon to be traditions!
White chocolate macadamia anything is yummy! These little cookies are the perfect treat.
I totally agree!
I LOVE your new version even though I am confident the old one was, equally, delicious. I can understand your mixed emotions about this year’s Christmas celebration but I am sure that you and your family will have an incredibly special and blessed holiday in your new home.
Thanks Betsy. I’m sur eit wil be great, I just always dread “different”. Except when I am making new and different recipes 🙂
Macadamia Nuts!! What a great idea!! Plus anything rolled in powdered sugar is a win!!
The double roll in powdered sugar is absolutely essential!
It just wouldn’t be the Holidays without the snowballs! Love this recipe.
That is definitely true in my family!
Christmas Eve is our traditional dinner too. I need to make a few of these delicious cookies to share (maybe) with everyone this year!
I won’t tell if you don’t share 🙂
Snowballs, I would argue, are the BEST holiday cookie.
You and my mom would either get along well of not at all because you’d fight over them 🙂
I love how you used macadamia nuts. I have always used walnuts. This means I MUST give these a try and STAT.
Yep, walnuts are my usual recipe too! I loved changing it up!
Snowballs are the perfect holiday treat! My husband loves macadamia nuts – from his years of living in Hawaii. They’re the only nut he’s not allergic to. I’ll have to make these for him 🙂
Oh wow, well if he can only have one nut, macadamias are a great one!
I love snow ball cookies! I love that you added macadamia nuts to it! Great recipe!
I thought it would be a tasty twist!
It’s always good to have leftover at the holidays. That said, I doubt there would be any leftovers of these cookies once you set them out! They look amazing and I love the combo of white chocolate and macadamia nuts!!!
They did disappear quickly at the family party I brought them to.
What lovely snowballs and I love that you used macadamia nuts.
I don’t use them often enough. So good!
I make snowballs each year with pecans, but your fabulous version has me rethinking my recipe! Love these!!!
I use walnuts every year because that’s what my mom likes, but it’s been fun experimenting! Snowballs are a great neutral base.