Cream Cheese Snowball Cookies recipe

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1 cup confectioners' sugar
½ cup finely-chopped walnuts
½ cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco®)
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup cream cheese, softened
½ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

Nutrition Info

169.9 calories
carbohydrate: 15.8 g
cholesterol: 15.5 mg
fat: 11.5 g
fiber: 0.4 g
protein: 1.6 g
saturatedFat: 4.7 g
servingSize: -
sodium: 41.8 mg
sugar: 9.4 g
transFat: : -
unsaturatedFat: : -


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift the confectioners' sugar into a shallow bowl, stir in the walnuts, and set aside.

  2. Beat the shortening, butter, cream cheese, and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture is creamy and thoroughly blended. Mix in the almond extract, vanilla extract, and flour, stir to combine. Scoop up dough by rounded tablespoons, and roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place the balls about 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies turn slightly golden at the edges, about 6 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for about 1 minute, then roll in the confectioners' sugar-walnut mixture while still a little warm.

Recipe Yield

2 dozen cookies

Recipe Note

An easy mix-and-bake recipe my grandmother used to make every Christmas! This yummy recipe, containing cream cheese and almond extract, makes moist, flavorful snowballs that are a different twist on your traditional snowball cookie!

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