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How to make lemon snowball cookies

For your Christmas table, the lemon snowball cookies. With a bit of sparkle, these buttery, tender cookies are sweet with one of nature’s best gifts: bright lemon flavor in the cookie and its snowy coating.


SERVING: 45 to 50 cookies



  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons, 227g) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (57g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil or 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel (zest)
  • 2 cups (241g) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (128g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup (36g) lemon juice powder



Preheat the oven to 350°F. Have on hand a rimmed, ungreased baking sheet.

batter batter

To make the cookies: In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter and salt until soft and fluffy.

Mix in the confectioners’ sugar and lemon oil or grated peel.

Add the flour, stirring until combined.

Scoop the dough into 1″ balls; a teaspoon cookie scoop is a real time-saver, and your cookies will be nice and uniform. Place the balls on the baking sheet.

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Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes. They should be very light brown on the bottom, and feel set when lightly touched on top.

raw lemon snowball lemon snowball

To make the coating: Sift the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice powder together into a shallow bowl.

Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes. When firm enough to handle but still warm, carefully roll the cookies in the coating.

Your lemon snowball cookies can now be served!

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Let the cookies cool completely, then re-roll in the sugar.

Store cookies in airtight containers for 1 week; freeze for longer storage.

lemon snowball

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  • Reply
    11/29/2020 at 6:56 am

    The ingredients list fresh lemon juice, but is not mentioned in the instructions at all? Also, do you roll the cookies in just powdered sugar or powdered sugar and lemon zest?

    • Reply
      Mangia Magna!
      11/29/2020 at 7:41 am

      To make the coating: Sift the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice powder together into a shallow bowl.

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