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Snowball Cookies Recipe or Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

Rich, buttery, delicate and tasty traditional Christmas cookies recipe
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: European, International
Keyword: authentic, Christmas Cookies, cookies for christmas, cookies for holidays, Traditional
Servings: 60 cookies
Calories: 49kcal


  • 1.5 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Corn Flour / Corn Starch
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Essence (or 1 tsp Vanilla Extract)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

For Topping

  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar


  • In a bowl, whisk together the cornflour, maida and salt. Keep it aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth.
  • Add the vanilla essence and combine it well.
  • Then add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix well until incorporated.
  • Lightly knead to make a soft dough. Wrap it with cling film
  • Refrigerate the dough for an hour or until it becomes firm.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch small balls and place them on a greased or lined baking tray.
  • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown at 180 degrees C.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for about 3 – 5 minutes.
  • While cookies are still warm, roll them in powdered sugar.
  • Transfer them to a wire rack and let them cool completely.
  • Roll them twice in powdered sugar if needed. Store in an airtight container.
  • If you want, sprinkle the top of the cookies with more powdered sugar before serving.



Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg