Russian snowball cookies recipe

Russian snowball cookies recipe. What can represent Christmas better other than Russian snowball cookies or many people know them by tea cakes name. Both recipes are similar and ingrediets might vary slighltly, but the end result is simply delicious.

Russian snowball cookies recipe. Russian snowball

Russian snowball cookies is a relatively simple recipe which requires very few ingredients. Usually, the pastry can be frozen for up to 4 weeks and used whenever you plan to bake a few cookies for the weekend or for a special occasion.

While Russian snowball cookies recipe is buttery, ( the reason of which they are soft and melt in your mouth), you can try this recipe with vegan butter and the outcome will be exactly the same.

Snowball cookies

As the name suggests, snowball cookies are specific for festive season, at Christmas and New Year, along with a cup of tea or coffee.

Russian snowball cookies are very similar to European Christmas cookies.

These little white cookies remind me of my childhood when we gathered a group of kids and started to sing carols at every house from my neighbourhood, which in exchange the guests were serving us with different kind of white cookie, a glass of juice and money.

Little did I know that these snowball cookies would become nowadays so popular and luxurious. Without exaggerating they look similar to Raffaello chocolate, except that Russian snowball cookies are healthier.

Now let’s get back to baking our snowball cookies, shall we?

If you prefer to watch the video tutorial click here or play the video below

Delicious tea cakes


From these ingredients you will come up with around 50 cookies.

  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50g sugar powder
  • 250g plain flour
  • 110g walnuts, very finely chopped
  • plain sugar or vanilla sugar powder for decoration
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp orange zest
  • coconut powder for decoration

How to make Russian snowball cakes recipe

Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4 and place parchment paper in the oven tray.

In a medium bowl, we add the butter and we mashed it with a spoon, then we add the vanilla extract, salt, orange zest and sugar while using the mixer to combine the ingredients. Gradually add the flour and finely chopped walnuts and mix until everything is blended properly.

Once all ingredients are mixed, you should come up with a soft paste that is not too sticky or too soft.

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The next step is to use an ice cream scoop or a tea spoon to separate equal parts of the dough. Place each one of them in the palm and roll it until it becomes beautiful rounded shape.

Every time you make one, place it in the oven tray and leave 3 cm distance between each one. Once you fill the oven tray with dough balls, bake for 11-12 min.

Remove the snowballs cookies from the oven tray and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix vanilla sugar with coconut powder in a bowl and roll the cookies until they become fully white.

Allow to set for another 15 minutes and then repeat the process with coconut and vanilla sugar.

Russian snowball cookies recipe

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22 Responses

  1. crisshex88 says:

    I love Russia and I already celebrate following Orthodox Christmas now I can add this recipe to my table too!

  2. allemia says:

    These look and sound delish! A really nice treat to serve to Christmas guests, I might try this this year!

  3. These are one of my favorites I have always wanted the recipe, pinning for later!

  4. Food Ways says:

    Although they are European sweets, most of the ingredients are easy to purchase at our local grocery stores in the USA. These are a delightful gift idea for people who love homemade cookies.

  5. kileen says:

    I’ve never heard of these treats before but they sound super yummy! I would love to try these out! They seem fairly easy to bake too!

  6. Ben says:

    Those look delicious! I’ve never heard of these cookies before, but I never met a cookie I didn’t like. I can’t wait to make them.

  7. Claudia says:

    I have to make a batch of these for the family this Christmas Eve. They sound absolutely amazing, and they look beautiful.

  8. Dominique says:

    These are some of my favorites, yummy!

  9. Emily Fata says:

    This looks like it would be a really great recipe to try out myself at home! Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Catherine says:

    Wow! Such an unusual and delicious looking bake! I’ll definitely give these a try over Christmas. 🙂

  11. katrina m kroeplin says:

    i love making these, such a great cookie.

  12. Yummy. i bet this goes really well with black coffee or tea. an additional option for the holidays.

  13. Hhhmmmmm….it is my first time hearing of these cookies. I love the sound of the whole recipe. I’ll try them.

  14. Rosey says:

    These snowball cookies look delicious. We are making cookies tomorrow and I am excited.

  15. Catherine says:

    Now these just look incredible! Going to make some tomorrow!

  16. thehealthfulideas says:

    I love rolling cookies in powdered sugar on Christmas, it looks like snow! These look delicious!

  17. I have always loved these cookies. I have encouraged versions that used almonds *which I am not found of) so I am glad that these have walnuts instead! Thanks for sharing!

  18. The recipe looks to be quite easy and perfect to have with tea or coffee. I will try out, almost all the ingredients are with me.

  19. The recipe appears to be very simple and wonderful to have with tea or espresso. I will test, practically all the fixings are with me. it would appear that day off! These look tasty!

  20. Elin says:

    Am just making these and I am sure they will taste amazing but they did not stay round. Look more like melted snowballs.. ?

    • Maria V. says:

      Hi Elin, perhaps you should add a bit more flour to this recipe. There are many factors that can influence the texture of the dough. Another reason might be the temperature of oven. Make sure is preheated properly before baking these bowls.

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