Lemon Snowball Cookies


Since I’ve been on a cookie high lately I decided to throw one more cookie recipe out there before Christmas. Can you believe it’s only four days away! For me though I’ve decided Christmas is more about the season, more the entire month, than just the actually day itself. I just love the spirit of the season!

Lemon Snowball Cookies | Cooking Classy

This recipe comes from my favorite snowball cookie recipe which has actually been my most popular recipe this December. I took that recipe and just converted it to have a vibrant and delicious lemon flavor, because lemon is one of my most loved cookie flavors (you can see more of my lemon cookies here). I’m pretty sure I like these even more than the original! That’s expected from me though, doesn’t lemon just make everything better?

These cookies have that irresistible melt-in-your-mouth texture, and you are going to just love the light tartness paired with the generous sugary coating. If you’ve already bought everything for your Christmas menu then add these to your New Years menu because you won’t be ale to resist these dreamy little cookies!


Merry Christmas everyone!

Lemon Snowball Cookies | Cooking ClassyLemon Snowball Cookies | Cooking Classy

Remember to subscribe to the Cooking Classy newsletter to receive new recipe notifications delivered to your inbox!

Follow Cooking Classy on Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter for all of the latest updates, recipes and content.


Lemon Snowball Cookies

4.72 from 7 votes

Yield: About 2 1/2 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups (282g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp (24g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (8 oz) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup (84g) powdered sugar
  • Zest of 2 lemons (about 4 tsp)
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (68g) finely chopped almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) powdered sugar, for coating


  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter on medium speed until creamy, about 20 seconds. Blend in 2/3 cup powdered sugar. Mix in lemon zest, lemon extract and vanilla extract. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combine. Stir in almonds. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes, preheat oven to 350 degrees halfway through chilling.
  3. Scoop dough out 1 Tbsp at a time and roll into a ball, then place balls on Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies about 2-inches apart and bake in preheated oven for 14 - 16 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes then while cookies are still warm, pour 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar into a bowl and roll cookies in powdered sugar. Transfer to a wire rack to cool then once cookies are cool, roll in powdered sugar once more, this time to generously coat (I pressed it into the powdered sugar to give it a thick coating). Store cookies in an airtight container.
  4. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Kristine: I just made these, but the dough was super dry and crumbly. I couldn’t roll into balls it would just fall apart. I love lemon so I was determined to make them work so I just squeezed them into ball like shapes and baked. the flavor is good, but dry. I followed the recipe perfectly. Not sure what went wrong. I don’t have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment so I used a hand mixer, but that shouldn’t have made a difference. What could I add next time to make the dough come together better and not be so dry? December 8, 2018 at 7:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Try omitting the cornstarch. I’ve started making snowballs without it and like them better. December 8, 2018 at 7:33pm Reply

  • Phyllis McConnell: Recipe doesn’t give an oven temperature, just says “Preheated oven”. I’m guessing 350* F.? November 17, 2018 at 8:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s there at the end of step 2 :). And yes it’s 350. Hope you enjoy! November 17, 2018 at 11:57am Reply

  • Margaret: These were delicious! I made them for a summertime baby shower and everyone loved them. Although I’m tempted to eat every last remaining cookie, I’d like to know if they’d freeze well? I’d like to extend their life beyond what’s expected from a room temp airtight container. June 30, 2018 at 10:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think they would but the powdered sugar coating may change a little. So glad you liked them Margaret! July 9, 2018 at 8:35pm Reply

  • Jen: These cookies turned out great! I used fresh squeezed lemon juice ( 4 tsp ) and omitted the lemon extract. Thanks for the recipe. ???? June 1, 2018 at 8:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the 5 star feedback! June 4, 2018 at 10:46am Reply

Add your comment:

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Copyright 2011-2018 Cooking Classy | Privacy Policy
Design by cre8d