Easy Walnut Snowball Cookies, or “Mexican Wedding Cookies”, are a delicious nutty holiday dessert recipe for a crowd! These are the perfect Christmas cookie exchange idea!
 Easy Walnut Snowball Cookies, or "Mexican Wedding Cookies", are a delicious nutty holiday dessert recipe for a crowd! These are the perfect Christmas cookie exchange idea!
Can you say “addictive”!?  Get into the holiday spirit and bake some Walnut Snowball Cookies with me!

This is my great-grandmother’s recipe and was my all-time favorite Christmas cookie when I was growing up.  It is an absolute staple in my world at this time of year.  I grew up baking these every year with my mom and now that I’m a big girl I have kept the tradition going!   We always made these cookies with walnuts, but pecans are also customary.  Use whatever nut you prefer! You have got to love a good tradition.

 I know everyone is busy around the holidays so I’m going to keep this short and sweet and just let you get your bake on! Be sure to try these cookies because they are sure to become a regular on the ol’ holiday baking list.
“Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ~Calvin Coolidge
Fast and easy Walnut Snowball Cookies, or "Mexican Wedding Cookies", are a delicious nutty holiday dessert recipe for a crowd! These are the perfect Christmas cookie exchange idea!
Walnut Snowball Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: about 3 dozen
 
Easy Walnut Snowball Cookies, or "Mexican Wedding Cookies", are a delicious nutty holiday dessert recipe for a crowd! These are the perfect Christmas cookie exchange idea!
Ingredients
If you have a big crowd to feed, double the recipe!
  • 1 cup shortening
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 2¼ cup sifted flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts (OR pecans, hazelnuts, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening and confectioners sugar.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and bake on lightly greased cookie sheet (or use non-stick baking mat or parchment paper)
  4. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Roll immediately in confectioners sugar. Cool cookies on wire rack. Roll again in confectioners sugar, if desired.
  6. Enjoy!