Lemon-Ginger Snowballs

A lemon cookie recipe is a great addition to any occasion. These snowball-inspired goodies also have an optional chocolate variation.

Lemon-Ginger Snowballs
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 dozen cookies


  • ½ cup shortening

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger or finely chopped crystallized ginger

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 2 teaspoon honey-lemon-ginseng flavor green tea (from one .1 oz. tea bag)*

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • Granulated sugar

  • 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Glaze, (recipe below)

  • coconut, powdered sugar, white nonpareils (optional)

Powdered Sugar Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 4 teaspoon water


  1. In large mixing bowl beat shortening, ginger, vanilla, tea, and lemon peel on medium until fluffy. Add brown sugar; beat until well-combined. Beat in ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat in eggs. Beat in as much of the flour as you can; stir in remaining by hand. Refrigerate dough 1 hour or until easy to handle.

  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape dough in 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and place on two ungreased baking sheets.

  3. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Dip in Powdered Sugar Glaze and toppings; let stand on waxed paper to dry. Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Powdered Sugar Glaze

  1. In bowl stir together powdered sugar and water to reach drizzling consistency.

Chocolate Variation :

Prepare as directed, adding 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder with the brown sugar, and reducing the flour to 2-1/3 cups. Bake 10 minutes or until edges are set. Dust with powdered sugar.


Cut open tea bag and add the loose tea to the batter. (Do not brew the tea).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

75 Calories
2g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 35mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 18mg 0%
Folate, total 12.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.