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Citrus Snowball Cookies

A delicious classic snowball cookie perfect for the holidays
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 dozen (approx)


  • For cookie dough:
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • the zest of one lemon with a microplane or zester
  • the zest of 1 orange with a microplane or zester
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • After Baking:
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar in small bowl


  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl.
  • Using electric mixer, beat butter, lemon peel and tangerine peel in large bowl until light.
  • Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup powdered sugar and beat until fluffy.
  • Beat in egg.
  • Add dry ingredients.
  • Using spoon, stir until mixture forms dough (dough will be soft).
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Take 1 tsp of cookie dough at a time and roll into a ball in your hands.
  • Transfer cookies to ungreased nonstick baking sheets, spacing 1/2 inch apart.
  • Repeat this process until you rolled all of your dough into cookie balls.
  • Bake until cookies turn lightly brown on bottoms, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Let cookies stand on sheets 1 minute. Using a small spoon, transfer cookies to a bowl of powdered sugar, rolling them around so they get nice and coated.
  • Now transfer cookies to cooling rack.
  • Repeat this process until you have coated all your cookies with powdered sugar.
  • Let cookies fully cool on cooling rack, about 30 minutes and then enjoy!


The recipe originally comes from Epicurious and over the years I have made my own adjustments to suit my own taste.