Our Favorite Snowball Cookies

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Add your own snow with powdered sugar snowball cookies. These melt-in-your-mouth confections, also known as Russian tea cakes, can be made in a number of different flavors -- like lemon-ginger, chocolate, or cherry-walnut.

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    Cherry-Walnut Balls

    Fruit-and-nut combinations are classic for a reason. Maraschino cherries add a pop of sweetness to balance the rich walnut flavor. A sprinkle of red glitter adds a sophisticated dash of holiday cheer.

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    Toasted S'More Balls

    These s'more snowballs look impressive, but they only require three ingredients to make. Layer a scoop of rocky road ice cream on a graham cracker square, cover with fluffy white frosting, and bake. 

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    Snowball Cookie Trees

    Charlie Brown would be impressed. Ten miniature dough balls and a few drops of green food coloring form darling little cookie trees. A drizzle of icing mimics garland, while sprinkles and small candies become ornaments.

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    Orange Balls

    Add a zing of citrus to your holiday. These snowballs use shredded orange peel and orange juice for added flavor. Make them even more wow-worthy with a dash of edible gold glitter.

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    Lemon-Ginger Balls

    Honey-lemon-ginseng green tea is the secret to these delicately flavored snowballs. Top them with coconut, powdered sugar, or nonpareils, or eat as is.

    Editor's Tip: Make it matcha! Reduce ginger to 1 Tbsp. fresh or 2 tsp. ground, then add 1 Tbsp. matcha powder instead of the ginseng tea.

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    Chocolate Balls

    These bite-size cookies pack a double dose of chocolate. Cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate pieces create a creamy center, while powdered sugar and orange zest balance the richness.

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    Peppermint Balls

    These tender cookies get their bite from crushed peppermint candies. Plus, the dough can be made up to three months in advance. Simply form dough into balls, freeze, then transfer to an airtight container.

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    Coconut-Pecan Balls

    Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say. Toasted pecans and chopped coconut star in these cozy tropical cookies.

    Editor's Tip: For cocoa-covered snowballs, prepare as directed, except in Step 3, reduce the powdered sugar to 1/2 cup and stir in 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder.

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    Frosty Balls

    Add a twist to the classic snowball cookie with colored sugar. Pretty pinks, purples, and greens add festive flair, while a final dusting of powdered sugar gives the cookies a frosty bite.

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    Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    These festive holiday cookie bar recipes--including butterscotch-toffee bars and classic brownies--make delicious gifts and holiday desserts. With make-ahead options, store-bought shortcuts, and mix-and-match topping ideas, the hardest part of your holiday dessert prep will be choosing which of these marvelous and merry dessert recipes to try first.
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