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Lemon Snowball Cookies – Snowball Cookie Recipe

These lemon snowball cookies are snowball shaped bites of melt in your mouth sweet deliciousness.

This snowball cookie recipe is perfect for a cookie swap and will be a cookie recipe that you will love to make each Christmas.

These delicate cookies are the perfect choice to make for Bake Cookies Day on December 18.

Oh the weather outside is frightful and the time is just delightful – or something like that!  The time is just perfect for making these home made Lemon Snowball Cookies!  After all, what is more perfect for the cold weather than a tasty snowball bite of goodness?
These lemon snowball cookies are light as air and so, so tastyThe holiday season is the time for making cookie recipes (like these peppermint Rice Krispie ball cookies!).  

There are parties at your child’s school, cookie swaps, all of the entertaining possibilities and a host of other reasons to have a plate full of tasty cookies this time of the year.Lemon Snowball Cookies in a mason cookie jar

For me, Christmas is not just about one day.  I love the spirit of the whole season, and I start early in November getting things ready so that I can enjoy all the fun that is to come closer to the actual day.

During the year, these cookies are known as lemon Mexican wedding cookies, but this time of the year, I call them snowballs or snowdrops.

That means baking things ahead of time that will freeze well (as well as having them on hand all during the season.)

There is a reason that we all gain a few pounds between now and New Year’s Day. All those goodies!! This snowball cookie recipe will be the star at a cookie exchange.

More ideas for Christmas cookies

Looking for some more ideas for your count down to Christmas cookie making?  Try these recipes, too!

All of these cookie recipes are sure to delight, but the star of the show will be these melt in your mouth snowball cookies.

How to make Lemon Snowball Cookies!

These delicious cookies require just a few ingredients.  I used butter, cornstarch, lemon and confectioner’s sugar as the main ingredients. Lucky for me, I had them all in my pantry!

The cookies are easy to make.  Just combine the flour, cornstarch and sea salt in one bowl and then beat the butter with the confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice, zest and extract in a stand mixer.

Combine the two and mix well, and then cover the bowl with Saran Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (this will make the cookies easier to roll into balls and will help them to keep their shape in the oven.)Make the batter for the lemon snowball cookies and then chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the chilled mixture into balls, using about 1 tbsp of dough. I lined my baking sheets with a silicone baking mat to make clean up easier.Form the dough into 1" snowballs

Soft lemon cookies with powdered sugar

The lemon cookies powdered sugar coating is easy to do. The rolling part for this snowball cookie recipe comes in two parts.  First roll the balls when they are still slightly warm. Then let them cool completely and roll them again.

This ensures that the “snowballs” are perfectly white, and it gives them a sugary finish that forms the delightful melt-in-you-mouth-texture.Roll the snowballs in powdered sugar when still warm and then roll again when they are cooled for the whitest coating.

You won’t be ale to resist diving into the serving dish of these delicious little Lemon Snowball Cookies! They will become such a family favorite and you will get asked to make them year after year.Lemon Snowball Cookies in a pretty holiday serving dish

This delightful little snowball cookie recipe has an irresistible melt-in-your-mouth texture. The lemon adds a delightful burst of tartness that compliments the sweetness of the powdered sugar coating.

They are everything that a great holiday cookie should be – tasty, easy, and fun to display. Your party guest will gobble them up!Snowball cookie recipe

Tasting this snowball cookie recipe

These amazing cookies are the best lemon snowball cookies that I have eaten! They are reminiscent of lemon cooler cookies and have a melt in your mouth taste and feel that is just delightful.

The bright taste of lemon and soft cookie texture makes these cookies a real winner. I served them at a holiday party and they just flew off the table.

They are the perfect cookie to take to your annual cookie exchange party. Just make sure anywhere you take them that you also take along the recipe. Your friends will want it for sure!

These cookies will keep well in an air tight container for several days. They also freeze very well for about a month.  Haha…imagine eating one of these Lemon Snowball Cookies right out of the freezer?

Gives new meaning to the term “cool cookie” doesn’t it?Take a bite of these lemon snowball cookies

This lemon cookies with powdered sugar recipe makes a great Christmas gift

Mason jars make the perfect jar for this lemon snowdrop cookies recipe. It is just the right size.  Add some scrapbook paper to the lid and wrap it with holiday ribbon for a festive look to your table.Mason jars make a cute cookie jar for these lemon snowball cookies

If you like the taste of these Lemon Snowball Cookies, be sure to visit my food blog for a similar version called Melting Moments Cookies.

Nutritional information for these lemon snowball cookies

The delicious snowball cookies are light in calories at only 89 for each cookie so they won’t spoil your calorie bank. They have 4 WW freestyle points and 4 Weight Watchers smart points, as well, so you can easily fit them into that diet plan.

Can you freeze lemon snowball cookies?

Yes, you sure can. The cookies will keep in an airtight container for about 3 days, or you can freeze them for up to a month.  This makes them perfect for this time of the year.

Make the snowball cookies ahead of time and then freeze them to take out closer to the holiday period. You might need to roll them again in powdered sugar to get the nice soft outside texture.

Would you like a reminder of this recipe for lemon snowball cookies?  Just pin this image to one of your Christmas boards on Pinterest.

These lemon snowball cookies are light as air and so, so tasty. Make them ahead of time and freeze or serve right away. Either way, they are delicious!

Admin note: This post for lemon snowball cookies first appeared on the blog in December of 2017. I have updated the post to include nutritional information, a video and WW points info. 

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Lemon Snowball Cookies

Lemon Snowball Cookies

These lemon snowball cookies are small snowball shaped bites of melt in your mouth sweet, tart deliciousness. They are perfect for you annual cookie swap.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract for a bit of extra tartness
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablepoonscornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar + 2 teaspoons lemon zest, for rolling the cookies


  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch and sea salt and set the bowl aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 20 seconds. Mix in 2/3 cup of the confectioner's sugar. Mix in lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon extract . With the mixer set on low speed gradually add in flour mixture and mix just until combined.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. This will make it easier to form into the snowball shape. Preheat oven to 350 degrees halfway through the chilling.
  4. Scoop the dough out 1 Tbsp at a time and roll into balls, then place balls on a baking sheet lined with silicone baking mat or parchment paper, spacing the cookies about 2-inches apart.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes but not completely cool.
  6. While the cookies are still a bit warm, pour 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar into a bowl and roll the cookies in the sugar.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Once cookies are completely cool, roll in the confectioner's sugar one more time, being sure to generously coat the snowballs by pressing them into the sugar to give them a thick coating.
  8. Store cookies in an airtight container for three days or freeze for one month.


These lemon snowball cookies are 4 WW freestyle points (also 4 smart points.)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 4.6gSaturated Fat: 2.9gUnsaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 12.4mgSodium: 29.7mgCarbohydrates: 11.5gFiber: 0.2gSugar: 6.3gProtein: 0.7g

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Wednesday 21st of December 2022

How long should I let them cool before doing the first roll in powdered sugar. I tried after 3-4 minutes and the first completely fell apart. Should they be super airy? It's a very short light crumb, that kinda melts away in your mouth.

Carol Speake

Monday 2nd of January 2023

HI Casey. It's been quite some time since I made these, but I seem to remember that I rolled them in the powdered sugar while they were still warm. They do have a slight short crumb texture.


Monday 14th of December 2020

Perfect recipe! Just made these and it is by far the best recipe I have ever used for this type of cookie. I will definitely be making again. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

Carol Speake

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Glad you enjoyed the recipe BJ. It's one of my favorites, too!


Wednesday 18th of December 2019

i found this recipe and made them twice this week. Thank you for sharing the recipe, they were pretty easy to make and everyone loved them.

Carol Speake

Thursday 19th of December 2019

Glad you enjoyed the recipe Kitty

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Wednesday 13th of December 2017

Can the dough be frozen? Thank you in advance 🤗


Wednesday 13th of December 2017

Hi Terry. I have not tried to freeze it but have frozen other dough in the past with similar ingredients with no problems. Carol

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