Cream Cheese Snowball Cookies Are Your New Cookie Obsession

Recipe By: Mallory Brown
“An easy mix-and-bake recipe my grandmother used to make every Christmas! This yummy recipe, containing cream cheese and almond extract, makes moist, flavorful snowballs that are a different twist on your traditional snowball cookie!”

Ingredients

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely-chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco(R))
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a shallow bowl, stir in the walnuts, and set aside.
  2. Beat the shortening, butter, cream cheese, and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture is creamy and thoroughly blended. Mix in the almond extract, vanilla extract, and flour; stir to combine. Scoop up dough by rounded tablespoons, and roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place the balls about 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies turn slightly golden at the edges, about 6 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for about 1 minute, then roll in the confectioners’ sugar-walnut mixture while still a little warm.