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Gingerbread Snowball Cookies

Also known as Mexican wedding cookies, these Easy Gingerbread Snowball Cookies are a simple light, buttery and cakey ball shaped cookie, covered in powdered sugar. They are quick to prepare, making them the ultimate Christmas cookie and the perfect edible gift or addition to any holiday baking tray!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword cookies, Mexican wedding cookies, snowballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 snowballs
Calories 154kcal
Author Adapted from "Pecan Balls" , Better home and gardens Christmas Cookies 2002, Pg. 62




  • 1/4 cup powdered/icing sugar
  • red and green sparkling sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a food processor mix butter, white granulated sugar, salt, vanilla, flour, ground almond, ginger and cinnamon process until mixture clings together. * I found this is the best way to make these.
  • Alternatively, if you are using a mixer, beat butter, then add granulated sugar, salt, vanilla, ginger and cinnamon. Then beat in as much flour as possible with the mixer, stirring in remaining flour and ground almond with a large spoon.
  • Shape into balls (at least an 1- 1.5 inches in size) . * If you are having difficulty forming them into balls, you can wet your hands a little to make it easier
  • Place a 1/2 inch to 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for for about 15-20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
  • Transfer to cooling rack and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Mix powdered sugar with red and green sparkling sugar. Roll each snowball in mixture.
  • Sprinkle on additional green and red sparking sugar as desired.


Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Snowball Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 236IU5%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg