Mr.CBB’s Family Holiday Snowballs…Mmmm

Mr.CBB's Holiday Snowballs On A Tray

Mr.CBB’s Holiday Snowballs On A Tray

These Holiday Snowballs are going to melt in your mouth and you will be sneaking them one by one when no one else is looking. It’s so hard not to because you can’t resist the taste and they keep calling out to you. At least that’s what happens to me. I pop one in my mouth and instantly you hear, Mmmm, Mmmm. I’m like an 8 month old child trying new flavours for the first time.

It’s now December and with the festive season upon so is baking Christmas Cookies and this Holiday Snowball recipe is an easy Christmas cookie recipe. It’s pretty much no fail and really no effort at all to make. They are actually very budget friendly and the kids can help to make them as well.

If you remember from reading the previous Grocery Game Challenge- Ho, Ho, Ho Holiday Treats, I gave you a full run down of what I was going to make each week in December for the upcoming festivities. The goal is to finish them all and it’s a lofty goal for us but we will try.

Mrs.CBB has been making these recipes compliments of her grandmother for many years as Holiday Baking is a tradition in her family. Now we both make all the holiday treats together like Santa and Mrs. Clause although I’m far from having a white beard, large tummy, elves to do my dirty work and reindeer to whisk me away. We’ve made a few changes to the recipes over the years but for the most part they are the same.

Today what I did with this recipe and Mrs.CBB agreed was to mix the walnuts and pecans. Previous years we would just add walnuts and that’s perfectly fine.

You must make sure that the nuts aren’t big chunks. We put ours in a plastic bag and use a meat mallet to bash them about until they are small. What happens when the nuts are bit they protrude out the ball and in some instances the ball cracks in half.

I do caution with these cookies that you watch them like a hawk. You must check them after 5 mins to see what the bottom looks like. If the bottom is brown (see pic below) they are done. Don’t worry if the tops are still white, get them out of the oven and into some icing sugar for the first dusting.

Brown under Holiday Snowballs means they are done.

Brown under Holiday Snowballs means they are done.

Once you pull them out they will still be hot, wait about 2 minutes and then gently toss them into a tray of icing or confectioner’s sugar. Some of the icing may melt around the ball at this point and that is normal. Set them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper to cool then do it again.

The second coating of icing sugar will turn these balls into something magical and perfect for any gathering. We store them in the freezer for up to 3 months, sometimes longer if they don’t all get eaten up as we make lots.

Take them out and let them come to room temperature before serving. These Holiday Snow Balls are buttery with a nutty texture and melt in your mouth.

Mr.CBB's Holiday Snowballs In Wrappers on A Tray

Mr.CBB’s Holiday Snowballs In Wrappers on A Tray

Recipe- Yield about 72 Holiday Snowballs or 6 Dozen (this recipe can be halved)


  • Stand Mixer or Bowl (manual)
  • 3 Baking Sheets
  • Container for icing sugar to roll balls
  • knife to cut butter
  • parchment paper to line trays

Prep Time: 

  • 10-15  minutes
  • 5-10 minutes to cook in 350 degree oven
Holiday Snowballs Ingredients

Holiday Snowballs Ingredients


  • 1 lb of unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups of unbleached flour
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla
  • 1.5 cups crushed walnuts
  • 1.5 cups of crushed pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt (not in picture above)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups of icing or confectioners sugar for rolling

Preparation: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

  • In your mixer put in your butter which you cut into cubes
  • Mix the butter with the sugar until fluffy
  • Add in the vanilla, salt and mix to incorporate 1 minute
  • Add in the flour bit by bit while mixing
  • Add in the nuts and mix to incorporate it all. It will come away from the bowl or look like the picture below. You can do all the above in a bowl by hand if you don’t have a mixer.
Mr.CBB's Holiday Snowballs Final Mix

Mr.CBB’s Holiday Snowballs Final Mix

  • Line your baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Roll the balls into small to medium balls, bit bigger than bite size and place on the baking sheet. These cookies hardly rise at all so you can place them closer together, just not touching.  I put about 5 to a line.
  • Place them in the oven to bake 5-10 minutes and at 5 minutes check to see if the bottoms are brown like the picture above. If so pull them out, let stand 1 minute then roll in the icing for the first roll. They will still be hot and that’s ok just be gentle with them so they don’t break.
First Roll Holiday Snowballs in Icing Sugar while still hot

First Roll Holiday Snowballs in Icing Sugar while still hot

  • After about one hour when they cool down completely give them their second and final roll in the icing sugar and they are ready to enjoy!!
  • It’s that easy!!!!

We not only put these Holiday Snowballs out for our guests they get to take a mixture of them home on a nicely decorated plate or in a festive tin. So, if you are looking for a recipe for snowballs this is the one, try it out!

Coming up Next Sunday….. Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

What are your favourite Holiday Treats?


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  1. Thanks for linking my Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies to your post. I appreciate it. I love this recipe you’ve posted too. I have lots of versions of it handed down from family!

    • You’re Welcome Teresa! Yes it’s a simple recipe but elegant that anyone could make. Cheers and Happy Holidays and feel free to link up to one of my recipes and hook up with me on Facebook and Twitter don’t be shy come say hi and tell my fans about your site! Mr.CBB

  2. Donna Routley says:

    Have you tried other nut meats? For someone who cannot eat or does not care for walnuts, I think almonds would also be delicious?

    • There is no harm in trying but for me I wouldn’t as I don’t think they will breakdown as well as the walnut or pecan. If you do try them with almonds let me know what you think. What about pecans? I mixed them in as well.

  3. Donna Routley says:

    Have you found other nuts work just as well? My husband does not like walknuts, but I think almonds would work just as well?

  4. Yummy looking as always. Don’t be surprised when a bunch of pf bloggers suddenly show up at your doorstep. 🙂

  5. Oh, those look so good! We’ve been too busy to really focus on new recipes lately, but I’d love to give this a try! Maybe after the holidays we’ll get more into unhealthy recipes, but for now we’ve been trying to cut down on the sweets.

    • These are mainly to give away to our mates for Christmas along with a jar of apple jam we made in the summer time. It’s a personal type gift that they look forward to every year rather than a crappy box of chocolates.

  6. Wow these look delicious and easy to make, thanks for this recipe! I’m not much of a baker but I might just try this one.

  7. Yummers! Those look delicious:)

  8. They look amazing! The amount of cooking you guys do is great, I think I would gain 20 pounds living in your house though – so much great food, I just wouldn’t be able to help myself.

  9. Mmmm…My Aunt makes something similar every year around Christmas time. This is one of my favorite parts of the holidays, all the amazing food!

  10. Living Debt Free Rocks! says:

    Oh they look like Tim Hortons timbits…but better!!! They would not survive very long given my sweet tooth.

  11. Hi There, as promised, dropped by to pick up my cookies. How did you know these are my all time Favorites!!! I REALLY MEAN IT!!! Thanks ;-D

  12. Christine Weadick says:

    These look awesome!!!!! I wonder how long they would last around here??? I have to hide the baking here just so it lasts until Christmas!!!! I usually put the baking in metal cookie tins then into the freezer. If a certain some one here wants to snitch he risks frost bite…..I’ll be making the fruitcake this week I hope. After that the big fave here is pineapple squares, my sister-in-law’s hubby just loves those!!!

  13. Whoops!!……Someone forgot to mention the amount of flour needed for these yummy looking treats. They just may end up mush balls without the correct amount of flour……..

    • Hi Susan,
      I’m not sure why you are not seeing the flour as it is there 4 cups of unbleached flour. You posted this at 6:01pm and my post was posted hours ago. I did forget the flour but it was added not even 5 minutes later and has been there ever since. Have a look again, you made me look a third time and it still says 4 cups of unbleached flour. Hope that helps. Mr.CBB


      1 lb of unsalted butter softened
      4 cups of unbleached flour
      2 tablespoons pure vanilla
      1.5 cups crushed walnuts
      1.5 cups of crushed pecans
      1/4 teaspoon of salt (not in picture above)
      1/2 cup granulated sugar
      4 cups of icing or confectioners sugar for rolling
      Preparation: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

  14. These look so AMAZING!!!! I am not going to do any fantastic cooking like that yet…..waiting til’ we get closer to the holidays! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  15. This is such a help. At the last minute, I’ve decided to host our office Christmas party, so dinner and dessert for about 15 people. These look easy and delicious. Can’t wait to see next week’s recipe.

  16. Those look awesome Mr. CBB. Although I must admit that I’m more partial to peanut butter and chocolate myself. I can’t wait for next week’s recipe. Nothing goes together better than chocolate and peanut butter.

  17. Mary F Campbell says:

    They sound very yummy but addictive. Hmmm. I had better not start. 🙁

  18. These look awesome Mr. CBB! I wonder how well they will taste if you just mail them to me? Great recipe that I will have to try out.

    • It’s super easy to make these.. really and budget friendly!! The nuts are the costliest item but you don’t need much. Mail them, hmmm.. don’t think there will be any left by the time I’m done with them lol.. Cheers mate. Mr.CBB

  19. There is no flour indicated in the recipe????

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