Update September 6, 2008:
Thank you Maddy for the award!

Snowballs are a Slovak tradition in our family. (So are kolachy but I didn’t make those for Christmas this year. I’ll get in trouble for not making them and end up doing them for our New Year’s Day dinner.)

As a kid I used to help my Baba (grandma) roll these out for hours on end. You shouldn’t really make this unless you double or triple the recipe. I triple it.

1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla (I always pour extra in)
1 cup of fine chopped walnuts, packed tight (you can’t do it with pieces, stick them in the food processor–they need to be like a thick powder)

Cream butter and sugar together.

Baba’s recipe says to sift the flour–I’m sure this makes a great difference but I’ve lost my sifter and haven’t replaced it so I’ve been skipping that step for years now.

Add salt to creamed mixture, work in vanilla and nuts–I use a spatula for this part.

Add sugar and butter stuff to the flour. Don’t bother trying to use a spoon, get both hands in the bowl and mix it up until it looks good and mixed.

Chill about an hour. (Ok, I usually skip this step, too.)

Roll into little balls.

Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. The tops won’t look much different, you’ll have to pick up the cookie and peek at the bottom, they’ll be done when the bottom is a nice golden brown. Don’t under cook them, they’ll be doughy. Trust me.

While they’re still warm, roll them in powdered sugar. Then a little bit later, roll them again. Don’t skip this step.
If you’re making a triple batch, buy a pound of shelled walnuts and put them through your little chopper or food processor. It’ll come out to exactly 3 packed cups and that’s what you want!

Then let me know how much you love these things! They’re so addicting!

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6 thoughts on “Snowballs”

  1. I was with you until the putting your hand in the butter and sugar and flour part. That’s what my Kitchen Aid is for! You know me and my texture issues! Gives me the willies just thinking about it.

    But man they look good!

  2. It’s been too many years but I think we called them Butterballs when I was growing up. My mom was half Swedish and one quarter Danish and those along with Spritzes were the favorite cookies at Christmas time. No matter what they’re called, though, they are so delish.


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