These Gingerbread Snowball Cookies are what happens when you throw snowballs at gingerbread cookies. They’re a delicious combination of two favorite holiday cookies!
I’m going to apologize in advance for this recipe. Nope – it’s not because it’s a hard recipe to make. (It’s actually pretty straightforward.) I’m going to apologize in advance because you can’t sneak one of these Gingerbread Snowball Cookies without the entire house knowing. I love snowball cookies, but the powdered sugar goes everywhere! I can’t even gently pick one up and pop the whole thing in my mouth…there’s still a trail of powdered sugar dust across the counter. Oh well. I say embrace your love of snowball cookies and just own it! (Either that or carefully clean the countertop each time you sneak a cookie.)
Growing up, snowball cookies were a holiday staple in our house. My Mom would fill a huge glass jar (think apothecary jar) with snowball cookies and leave it on the kitchen counter. There was a second apothecary jar of mini-chocolate chip cookies, too. Let’s just say those jars had to get refilled a couple times throughout the holiday season!
My Mom knows how much I love snowball cookies, so whenever I make my way down to Nashville to visit, I can count on finding a jar full of cookies on the kitchen counter. And it doesn’t take long before there is a tell-tale path of powdered sugar across the countertop. There also might be a tell-tale handprint of powdered sugar on my shorts, too. Oops. I guess my career as an undercover operative was short-lived.
Gingerbread Snowball Cookies
This year, I decided to give those snowball cookies a facelift. These Gingerbread Snowball Cookies are what happens when you throw snowball cookies at a batch of gingerbread men. (Just kidding. Don’t actually try that stunt. It wouldn’t work out too well.) Seriously, though, snowball cookies and gingerbread cookies are two of my favorite holiday treats…so I decided to combine them into one!
For these cookies, I took my snowball cookie recipe and added all of the spices and seasonings that we associate with gingerbread. There was a bit of molasses in there, so I increased the powdered sugar just slightly to help soak up the extra liquid. I wasn’t quite sure if this concept would work. Would the molasses and extra powdered sugar cause problems while baking? Would these snowball cookies still taste like gingerbread?
I’m happy to report that these cookies are freakin’ delicious! There is a noticeable gingerbread flavor, but the overall texture is still wonderfully crumbly and sugary – just like a snowball cookie should be! Robbie helped me make this batch of cookies – he even rolled out the balls of dough with me. And then, of course, he helped me eat them, too. If you thought adults make a mess eating snowball cookies, then you should see what happens when a 5-year old eats a snowball cookie! Cheers, and happy baking!
Did you make a batch of these Gingerbread Snowball Cookies at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Gingerbread Snowball Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1¾ cups powdered sugar divided
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground allspice
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 1½ cups chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Using an electric mixer, mix together the melted butter and ¾ cup of powdered sugar until well combined.
- Add molasses, flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, vanilla, salt; mix on medium speed until well combined.
- Add chopped pecans; mix on medium speed until well combined.
- Shape the cookies into ¾”-1” balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes, and then roll cookies in the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar.
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