Authentic Vietnamese recipes from the Motherland

Walnut Snowball Cookies

I was scanning through my cupboard, and came across a lonely jar of whole walnuts. I love cleaning out my cupboards and fridge by figuring out a recipe that uses up the leftover ingredients rather than throwing them out. I decided to make walnut snowball cookies. Walnut snowball cookies are iconic Christmas cookies. With Christmas long gone, I decided to still make some to go with the 5-year supply of tea my husband recently purchased at Costco. I don't usually like crumbly cookies. However, with tea, these are divine. 

walnut snowball cookies

Walnut Snowball Cookie Recipe


  • 1 cup finely ground walnuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for dredging (about 1 cup)
walnut snowball cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Dry toast the finely ground walnuts until fragrant (1-2 minutes).
  3. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the walnuts, flour, granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla for  about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Form about 20 dough balls and spread them an inch apart on a baking tray lined with either parchment paper or a baking mat.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. 
  6. Remove from oven and let it cool. Once warm to the touch, roll the balls in powdered sugar. 
walnut snowball cookies