Walnut Snowball Cookies

“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
Can you say “addictive”?  Get into the holiday spirit and bake some 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 :o)   We always made these cookies with walnuts, but pecans are also customary.

Here’s to 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!
(If you have a big crowd, double the recipe)

1 cup shortening
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 1/4 cup sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans, hazelnuts, etc.)


Cream shortening and confectioners sugar.

Stir in the remaining ingredients.

Roll into 1 inch balls and bake on lightly greased cookie sheet (or use non-stick baking mat or parchment paper)

Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.

Roll immediately in confectioners sugar.  Cool cookies on wire rack.  Roll again in confectioners sugar, if desired.


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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

11 Responses to “Walnut Snowball Cookies”

  1. Debra Pearson
    November 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM #

    I know I would love these… I have some butter-flavored Crisco… But I have a question… Why shortening instead of butter? Thank you!

    • November 18, 2013 at 6:08 PM #

      It’s just how my mom always made them! 🙂

  2. Sandy_of_WV
    December 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM #

    How many from “one” batch?

    Thanks for sharing a wonderful OLD recipe — amazing how such simple ingredients were used back then.

    I only met my maternal grandma and she was a wonderful cook/baker – famous for noodles and applesauce pie along with pumpkin pies – sure do miss her [passed in ’92 at age 88].

    • December 10, 2013 at 1:24 AM #

      I can’t remember how many it makes! I’ll have to look it up 🙂

      • Sandy_of_WV
        December 10, 2013 at 3:16 AM #

        Thanks for answering quickly – I won’t make until weekend. 🙂

        Wishing I was half the woman my grandma was – we always had Christmas Day dinner at her house – she lived by herself until she passed. 🙁

        • December 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM #

          I have written down that it makes approximately 40 cookies, depending on size!!

        • December 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM #

          That’s so sad 🙁

    • December 10, 2013 at 1:24 AM #

      p.s. what a wonderful memory of your grandma 🙂

  3. December 11, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

    Could you use butter instead of shortening?

    • December 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM #

      I’ve never tried it like that before so I can’t say for sure! I wonder if they would get too crumbly, but you can always try it!


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