Nutty Orange Snowballs Recipe
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Nutty Orange Snowballs Recipe

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These nutty, buttery cookies will melt in your mouth, leaving just a trace of orange flavor. An old recipe from my mom in North Dakota, they used to be reserved only for weddings and special occasions. But they're great for Christmas because they look just like snowballs! —Judith Weidner, Spearfish, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 107 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in orange peel and extracts. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts.
  2. Shape into 3/4-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Place remaining confectioners' sugar in a large resealable plastic bag. Add cookies, a few at a time, and shake to coat. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Nutty Orange Snowballs in Simple & Delicious November/December 2009, p33

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murphygranny User ID: 5977305 169165
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2012

"Loved them. Gave a few away but ate the rest myself. Am going to make again soon. They're not just for Christmas."

JoanieC1965 User ID: 4847213 118432
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"LOVED this recipe. Such a nice twist to have a butter cookie with orange high-lights. Course this recipe would be simple to exchange for any of the citrus flavors and or nut combinations you desire. Mine turned out great with the walnut/hazlenut combo. And I used the zest of an entire orange - way more than 1 teaspoon as the recipe called for. It was delish! Made them for Valentine's Day packaged in cute little cello bags. They were a hit. I will definitely be making these time and time again!"

fresh246 User ID: 6270616 167829
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011


fresh246 User ID: 6270616 173200
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"Made these today using orange zest instead of just grated peel. Next time I think i will add a touch of orange food coloring to give it a color other than dough. The powdered sugar did not ahere to it as well as in the photo. Decreased the amount of nuts to 1/3 cups because it seemed to be a lot. Tasted a bit flour-like to me and were more "crumbly" than melt in your mouth type, but the family enjoyed them."

J-zel User ID: 4126703 145521
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"Just made these yesterday for our Christmas get-together. I couldn`t find orange extract so I used lemon extract and also added more orange zest. For the nuts, I used almonds; they were really finely crushed, powdery, and the package size was just what I needed.

They are really, really good! Making them into balls was a bit time consuming but then I baked 28 in just one batch so it wasn`t that bad.
Will definitely make these again, and not just for Christmas. :D"

carolynstowers User ID: 4001197 108080
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"I made the Snowballs today, Mexican Wedding cookies is my favorite of all cookies. I didn't have an orange so I used a lemon and lemon extract. They came out lovely and very tasty. I also used pecans for the nut. I have added this recipe to my recipe folder for future use. I'm sure I will be using this recipe for many years to come."

xicota User ID: 944314 169164
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"These are yummy! They taste even better the day after baking. Very easy to prepare. I like the combo of hazelnuts and walnuts. A keeper!"

buxtehude User ID: 4723782 173199
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"These cookies were wonderful. I'll never make regular snowball cookies again. Since my family does not like hazelnuts, I substituted walnuts and they were fabulous."

bamma8 User ID: 1097248 169163
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

"quick and easy with just a hint of orange."

rustycar58 User ID: 4588367 116391
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"Very easy to make and have a wonderful hint of citrus. It looks like a new family favorite for the holidays...or anytime."

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