Snowball Cookies

Recipe by PJ Hamel

Mexican Wedding Cookies, Vanilla Snowballs, Snowball Cookies, Russian Teacakes, just plain Wedding Cookies... these tender, crumbly cookies, full of ground almonds and covered with a blizzard of confectioners' sugar, go by many names. But one thing is constant: their melt-in-your-mouth texture and distinctive, attractive appearance: round and white as a cumulus cloud.

10 mins
15 to 20 mins
1 hr 25 mins
4 dozen cookies
Wedding Cookies - select to zoom
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Wedding Cookies


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  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and salt.

  3. Beat in the almond flour, then the all-purpose flour.

  4. Scoop chestnut-sized (1") pieces of dough, and roll them into balls. A level teaspoon cookie scoop will give you just the right amount of dough. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1" between them.

  5. Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes, until they feel set on top: some of them may start to barely brown around the edges.

  6. While the wedding cookies are baking, put the topping sugar in a shallow bowl.

  7. Remove the wedding cookies from the oven, allow them to cool on the pan for a few minutes, and then transfer them, 5 or 6 at a time, to the bowl. Roll them in the sugar to coat, then transfer them to a rack to cool.

  8. When the wedding cookies are cool, roll them in the sugar again; they should be thoroughly coated and snowy white.

  9. Store leftover wedding cookies airtight at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.

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