Spicy Walnut Snowball Cookies

Indulge in the delight of Spicy Walnut Snowball Cookies, a family favorite that’s easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Requiring just one bowl and minimal effort, these cookies are a treat to both bake and eat.

Why you’ll love these snowball cookies

  1. Unique Flavor Twist: The addition of cinnamon and cloves gives these cookies a warm, spiced flavor that sets them apart from traditional snowball cookies, offering a delightful new taste experience.
  2. Easy to Make: With a simple one-bowl recipe and no fancy equipment needed, these cookies are incredibly easy to prepare, making them perfect for both novice bakers and those with busy schedules.
  3. Perfect Texture: These cookies boast a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture with a lightly crisp exterior, creating a satisfying contrast in each bite.
  4. Nutty Goodness: The ground walnuts not only contribute a rich, nutty flavor but also add a nice texture and nutritional value to the cookies.
  5. Festive and Attractive: Their snow-like appearance makes these cookies visually appealing, perfect for holiday gatherings, gifts, or as a charming addition to your cookie collection.
  6. Versatility: They can be customized with different nuts or spices, making it easy to adjust the recipe to suit your taste preferences or to experiment with different flavor combinations.

Ingredients needed to make Spicy Walnut Snowball Cookies

  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner sugar (plus 1 cup for rolling)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

How to make these Spicy Walnut Snowball Cookies

Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 350°F.

Cream Butter and Sugar: In a bowl, combine the softened butter with 1/2 cup of confectioner sugar until the mixture is creamy.

Add Dry Ingredients: Gently mix in the flour, ground walnuts, cinnamon, and ground cloves until a soft dough forms.

Shape Cookies: Using a small cookie scoop, form approximately 20 balls from the dough.

Bake: Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies turn golden.

Roll in Sugar: Allow the cookies to cool slightly. While they’re still warm, roll them in the additional cup of confectioner sugar.

Spicy Walnut Snowball Cookies

Indulge in the delight of Spicy Walnut Snowball Cookies, a family favorite that’s easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Requiring just one bowl and minimal effort, these cookies are a treat to both bake and eat.
Servings 20 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1 stick of butter softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner sugar plus 1 cup for rolling
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

Instructions
 

  • Set your oven to 350°F.
  • Cream Butter and Sugar: In a bowl, combine the softened butter with 1/2 cup of confectioner sugar until the mixture is creamy.
  • Add Dry Ingredients: Gently mix in the flour, ground walnuts, cinnamon, and ground cloves until a soft dough forms.
  • Shape Cookies: Using a small cookie scoop, form approximately 20 balls from the dough.
  • Bake: Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies turn golden.
  • Roll in Sugar: Allow the cookies to cool slightly. While they’re still warm, roll them in the additional cup of confectioner sugar.
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Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of nut instead of walnuts?

Yes, you can substitute walnuts with other nuts like pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts. Each nut will impart its unique flavor to the cookies.

Is it possible to make these snowball cookies gluten-free?

Absolutely! You can use a gluten-free flour blend in place of regular flour. Just ensure it’s a 1:1 substitute for best results.

Can I prepare the dough in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it. Just bring it to room temperature before shaping and baking.

How should I store these cookies?

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They should stay fresh for about a week.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes, Spicy Walnut Snowball Cookies freeze well. Freeze them before rolling in powdered sugar, and when ready to serve, thaw and roll in sugar.

Are these cookies very sweet?

The sweetness is mostly on the outside from the powdered sugar. Inside, they have a balanced, mildly sweet, and spiced flavor.

How should I serve these cookies?

Enjoy these Spicy Walnut Snowball Cookies with a cup of tea or coffee. They’re perfect for holiday gatherings, as a sweet treat after dinner, or as a special snack anytime.

The combination of warm spices and nutty flavors wrapped in a sweet, powdery finish makes these cookies irresistible. Plus, the simplicity of the recipe means you can enjoy these delightful treats with minimal hassle. Enjoy baking and savoring every bite!

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