Lemon Snowballs Cookie Recipe
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Lemon Snowballs Cookie Recipe

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These crunchy little cookies are great for a light dessert. The bright taste of lemon makes them a winner!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 144 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a bowl, cream butter, sugar and egg until well blended. Add lemon juice and peel. Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Add almonds. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned (cookies will not brown on top).
  3. Remove immediately to wire racks; cool for 5 minutes, then roll in confectioners' sugar. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Snowballs Cookie in Country December/January 1998, p51

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"I live in Ut. at a very high altitude every cookie I try to cook goes flat, any suggestions? They were very tasty."

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"Mine flattened out, but the flavor was great!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Disappointed! I added more lemon zest and a little more lemon juice to up the lemon flavor because I agree I didn't taste enough in the dough. This could have something to do with the end result. They are flat and not crispy at all the bottoms are browned and they are cooled but it's more like almost hardened play dough maybe it needs to sit out longer? There's no crunch to it"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"I make these cookies every year around Christmas, and they are definitely on my favorites list. I usually only chill them for about 2-3 hours, use the zest from 2 lemons along with the 1/4 cup juice it calls for, and the flavor is perfect. It never fails that I have 3-4 cookies that flatten a bit but the rest hold their shape."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"Sandra it could just be the butter you used cuz that can make them go flat"

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