By Whitney

This recipe is very simple, so great for kids to get baking with, and they make ideal edible Christmas gifts!

Dusted with powdered sugar, these nutty, bite-size cookies look just great given as an edible Christmas gift, placed in a glass jar, decorated with ribbons. That is, of course, unless you eat them all yourself first!

Things You Will Need

  1. 100g (1/2 cup) softened butter
  2. 150g (1 1/4 cups) powdered sugar
  3. 150g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
  4. 25g (1/4 cup) chopped pecans
  5. 25g (1/4 cup) chopped almonds
  6. Zest of 1 lemon, grated
  7. Pinch salt

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC Fan Oven/Gas Mark 4

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter with a whisk for 1-2 minutes, until pale and fluffy.

Step 3

Stir in the flour, a little at a time, being sure to beat out any lumps. Add a pinch of salt, the nuts and the lemon to form a dough.

Step 4

Tip the dough onto a lightly floured board, and knead well for 2-3 minutes. Return to the mixing bowl, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 30mins - 1hr.

Step 5

Remove from the fridge and roll the dough into small, walnut-sized balls, and place on a lightly greased baking tray. Cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, fill a clean, dry bowl with powdered sugar.

Step 6

Once the cookies are cooked, remove from the oven and, while still warm, toss in the powdered sugar to coat. Shake off any excess sugar and your snowball cookies are good to go!
You could use other nuts, such as hazelnuts or walnuts in these cookies, or swap out the lemon rind for finely grated orange rind. Be sure to use unwaxed lemons for this recipe. These cookies make the most perfect edible Christmas gifts!

Tips & Warnings

These cookies do contain nuts, so please take care of people with nut allergies. Be sure to use unwaxed lemons for this recipe.