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Macadamia & White Chocolate Snowball Cookies

These Macadamia & White Chocolate Snowball Cookies are quite something! Not only do they look festive and winter-y, they also taste incredibly comforting! The buttery and tender texture of these melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies makes them absolutely addictive !!!!!

Course cookies,, Snack, teatime
Cuisine American, Christmas, Mexican
Keyword Christmas baking, easy Christmas cookies, macadamia cookies, snowball cookies, white chocolate chips
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 35 pieces
Calories 100 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts chopped and roasted (see FAQ on how to toast them)
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • Additional powdered sugar for rolling the cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the ½ cup sugar, vanilla, salt and butter using a stand mixer or hand mixer.
  3. Gradually add the flour and mix until well combined.
  4. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir in the chopped nuts and white chocolate chips.
  5. Chill dough in the refrigerator until firm.
  6. Form into balls using about 1 level tablespoon of dough and place on ungreased cookie sheets, preferably lined with parchment.
  7. Bake for about 12 -15 minutes, or until just set, but not browned.
  8. Cool on the pan for about 5 minutes, then roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar, and place on a rack to cool.
  9. Once cooled completely, dust them with icing sugar and store them in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  • Try to use good quality butter - salted works just fine for this recipe but make sure to skip the added salt. Use vegan butter for vegan snowball cookies.
  • You can use real vanilla beans instead of extract to take this Macadamia White Chocolate Snowball Cookies to the next level. The pulp of 1/2 - 3/4 bean should be fine.
  • Toast the macadamia nuts before chopping and baking them. It really boosts their flavor!
  • Snowball Cookies need to be tossed in powdered sugar right after baking and then again, once they have cooled down. The first layer is for sealing them, the second for decoration.