You may also know these delicious cookies as Wedding Cookies, or even Mexican Wedding Cookies, but I thought going with “Snowball Cookies” was most fitting, especially given that we are a week from Christmas. Also, don’t you think that calling them Snowball Cookies is a fun way to entice the kids to help? “Hey kids! Let’s make snowballs!”
Not only are these great to take to neighbors as a treat, to take to a holiday party, or to eat any time of the year, but they are also super good when nibbled with a hot cup of coffee in the morning. Just sayin’. Dessert for breakfast is my specialty, thanks to growing up with my Memie serving me cake moments after waking up when I’d visit her house as a child.
I have a brand new Vitamix A3300 and just knew there must be a way to use it to chop the nuts and mix all the ingredients needed to create this recipe. Sure enough, I was right! I’ve never had one of those stand mixers, but now that I’ve made the cookies this way, I’m pretty convinced that I won’t ever need one—plus this can do so many other things like make soups, chop veggies, and of course make smoothies and milkshakes. Another thing I loved about using the Vitamix for this recipe is that the cleanup was so little. It was a breeze to just throw all of the ingredients in the blender and know it was mixed really well. I swear the actual baking time was reduced, too. I made these in just minutes.
(originally from here!)
Things you’ll need:
- ¾ cup (85 g) chopped nuts
- 2¼ cup (280 g) all-purpose flour, divided use
- 1 cup (175 g) butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (60 g) powdered sugar
- powdered sugar
1. Heat the oven to 375°F (190 °C) and go ahead and lay out all the ingredients in their respective measurements. It’s an extra prep step at the beginning that always helps me so much as I get going with the recipe!
2. Place nuts into the Vitamix container and secure lid. The nuts need to be chopped pretty fine and the blender makes this happen in no time!
3. Once you’ve added the nuts to the container, select variable 1 on the blender. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 4. Blend for 10 seconds. Remove to a bowl.
4. Once you know your butter has softened, move on to the next step! Place half the flour, half the butter, vanilla, salt, powdered sugar, remaining butter, and remaining flour into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
5. Once all of those ingredients are in the container, select variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 5. Blend for 10 to 15 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades. Keep mixing until you don’t see any dry flour/sugar—you want to make sure it’s all blended through!
6. Transfer the mixture to the bowl with the nuts and stir to incorporate.
7. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place about 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. I think mine were a little over an inch. Oh well!
8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until set but not brown. Remove to cool for 10 minutes.
9. After they’ve cooled a little, roll the warm cookies in sifted powdered sugar and that’s it! Ideally, you’d let them cool on a wire rack, but I don’t have one of those.
Here are the same directions in a more direct way, if that’s easier! (Pulled this straight from Vitamix.)
- Heat the oven to 375°F (190 °C).
- Place nuts into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
- Select Variable 1.
- Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 4.
- Blend for 10 seconds. Remove to a bowl.
- Place half the flour, half the margarine, vanilla, salt, powdered sugar, remaining margarine, and remaining flour into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
- Select Variable 1.
- Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 5.
- Blend for 10 to 15 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
- Transfer to the bowl with the nuts and stir to incorporate.
- Shape the dough into 1 inch (2.5 cm) balls and place about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes until set but not brown. Remove to cool for 10 minutes.
- Roll the warm cookies in sifted powdered sugar and cool on a wire rack.
By the way, a Vitamix is a really incredible gift and they are having a ton of holiday sales right now—up to $180 off. My blender here is actually $100 off right now. Plus you have until 12/22 to ship in time for Christmas!
Thank you to Vitamix for sponsoring this post. I’ve had a Vitamix on my list for YEARS, so this was a really exciting project for me. As always, all product selections, recipe choice (in this case!), and opinions are totally my own.