Raspberry Snowball Cookies (With No Nuts!)

How better to celebrate Hallmark’s Christmas in July than by making some Christmas snowball cookies!? These cookies look extra Christmas-y with their raspberry filling and taste divine with the simple delicious flavor of buttery cookies!! And the best part about these snowball cookies (besides the fact that they look like little snowballs and are some of my very favorite Christmas cookies!) is that they don’t have nuts, so they are good for everyone to enjoy! Raspberry Snowball Cookies (With No Nuts!) recipe uses simple ingredients and delivers a big yummo!

Raspberry Snowball Cookies on a tray together all dusted with confectioner's sugar.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas in July!! Hallmark’s Christmas in July movies have Christmas and snow and cookies on my mind! This week’s movie, “My Grown Up Christmas List,” in particular, had me thinking about snow… which got me to snowball cookies! I adore these snowball cookies, and I love my personal spin I put on them with raspberry jam filling. These cookies are delicious as they are, and they are even more magnificent with the raspberry jam filling. These are definitely in my top favorite Christmas cookie recipes of all time list, and they make a wonderful holiday treat. Make them and turn them into the raspberry snowball sandwich cookies, or leave them plain and enjoy them as snowball cookies with no nuts! Either way, they are an absolute delight and you must try them immediately!!

Side Note

These Raspberry Snowball Cookies are VERY similar to a classic snowball cookie recipe (They have different names too, sometimes they are called Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies) but unlike traditional snowball cookies, they don’t have any nuts. These cookies are totally safe for anyone with a nut allergy. As a family with food allergies, I always like to ask about nut allergies if I’m taking cookies or snacks to any kind of holiday parties or gatherings. Also, nuts are EXPENSIVE right now, and leaving these cookies nut-free really cut some extra cost too!

And the other way these cookies differ from your usual recipes is that they do include an egg. Most snowball cookie and Russian tea cake recipes don’t have eggs in them. These cookies are also VERY similar to shortbread cookies, though shortbread cookies have more butter, no eggs, and no vanilla! Raspberry Snowball Cookies are kind of like a shortbread cookie meets sugar cookies!

Ingredients for Raspberry Snowball Cookies including butter, eggs, baking powder, raspberry jam, vanilla extract, confectioners sugar, all purpose flour, sugar and salt

Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter
  • White granulated sugar
  • Egg yolk
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Raspberry jam
  • Confectioner’s sugar

Recommended Equipment

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I would recommend making this dough with either a stand mixer or a hand mixer, or some kind of electric mixer, to save your hands all the mixing to get the dough combined to the right consistency.

  • Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – I have used this machine for 15 years. It’s never once failed me and it looks like it’s still brand new. It is worth every single penny I paid for it!
  • Electric Hand Mixer – I love my Cuisinart hand mixer. I use it all the time. The best thing is the handy case it comes with to keep all the parts and pieces together!
  • Oven Mitts – This is a heavy and hot dish! Make sure you have good oven mitts to protect your hands!
  • Baking Sheets – These Nordic Ware natural aluminum commercial baker’s half sheets are my absolute favorite baking sheets I’ve ever owned in my cooking days! They are super heavy-duty, have a great rim around them, and they stay in great shape no matter what you cook on them. And they clean up incredibly easily as well!
  • Parchment Paper Sheets – This is parchment paper that’s already cut for you! And it is the size of a half baking sheet pan, which is absolutely perfect! Plus, these sheets are environmentally friendly!
  • Mixing Bowls – These nesting mixing bowls are fabulous. They store easily and the lids come in so, so handy! I adore them and I love the colors!
  • Spatula Set – This is the greatest set ever. Not only does it have several handy rubber spatulas, it has a few tiny ones too, to help you get every single scrape out of jars and containers!
  • Glass Mixing Bowls – This is a nesting set of glass bowls. I find I can’t have enough glass bowls in my kitchen!
  • Cooling Rack – These are nice and sturdy cooling racks for all your baking needs!
  • Kitchen Towels (Floursack Towels) – These are PERFECT for when you need to cover bread to rise. They are also great for being actual dishtowels too. I’m obsessed with these floursack towels. I have several sets. They are oversized and I just love them.
  • Oversized Dish Towels – Sometimes you just need a bigger size dish towel! I love these for covering dough to rise, or for laying out on the counter to dry dishes or fruit and veggies.
  • Measuring Cups – These cups are my favorite Amazon find as of late. It comes with measuring spoons, measuring cups, and a large glass measuring cup! I LOVE them! Plus they are colorful and fun!
  • Small Cookie Scoop – This scoop holds approximately one tablespoon of dough. It’s perfect for small cookies!
  • Mini Cookie Scoop – This cookie scoop is tiny and holds a half tablespoon of dough.

Baking Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. I prefer a prepared cookie sheet with parchment paper. It’s just easier to clean up for the cook!!

Step 2

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.

Step 3

Raspberry Snowball Cookies dough with sugar and butter mixed together

In a large mixing bowl or your stand mixer, mix together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Make sure to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula to get all the sugar and butter incorporated. (I like to use my stand mixer with the paddle attachment for these cookies.)

Step 4

Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.

Step 5

Add in flour mixture and stir until well combined.

Step 6

Raspberry Snowball Cookies recipe dough ball example being held in hand
This ball is too big – it’s just an example of how to roll the dough!

Pinch the dough and roll it into small cookie dough balls. I like to use a small cookie scoop to ensure that the cookies all come out the same size. You could also measure about a tablespoon of dough for each cookie. You want the ball shape to be a little less than 1-inch balls.

Step 7

Raspberry Snowball Cookies dough balls on a cookie sheet ready to bake

Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheet and press down very slightly to flatten the bottom of the ball.

Step 8

Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Cookies should not get brown but will be starting to turn golden on the bottom when done and look like little cookie balls.

Step 9

Raspberry Snowball Cookies on a cooling rack

Let the cookies cool slightly, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. Let cool completely before assembly or adding the dusting of the confectioner’s sugar.

Step 10

A bowl of raspberry jam and a mini icing spreader sitting on the kitchen countertop

Put raspberry jelly in a bowl and stir to loosen the jam up. If it’s too cool, zap it in the microwave in 15-second increments until you can stir it. (You don’t want it to be runny though!).

Step 11

Add a layer of raspberry jelly to half the cookies. Then top with the other cookie halves and then sprinkle/dust with confectioners’ sugar on top.

Storage

Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. They are the best on the first two days though! Plus, they are so delicious you will probably not have a ton of leftovers to store! These cookies look beautiful on a cookie tray for parties or get-togethers. They are just so darn cute!

Raspberry Snowball Cookies in a Star-shaped Spode Christmas bowl

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

Can you freeze these cookies?

You can! But with a few side steps. You could freeze the dough, no problem, and that’s what I would suggest. Just wrap it in plastic and put it in a zipping bag and freeze the dough for up to 3 months. You can even freeze the already made cookies before they are assembled. Freeze them before you put the confectioner’s sugar on them. And don’t put the jam on before you freeze them either. Thaw the cookies, make them into sandwiches with the jam, then dust with the powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar.)

How would you freeze these cookies if they are already baked?

I would flash freeze the cookies on a cookie sheet in the freezer for about 3 hours. Once frozen solid, put them in a gallon-size freezer bag and they will last in the freezer for up to 3 months. Sometimes I’ll even wrap the freezer bag in plastic wrap for good measure so there is absolutely no chance of freezer burn.

Could I add nuts to the cookie dough if I wanted to?

You totally can – add in up to a cup of chopped nuts if you prefer that flavor! You’ll want pretty small pieces so either run them through a nut mill grinder or the food processor. You don’t want big chunks of nuts in these cookies. They are delicate! I’ve used pecans and walnuts before, but I’m sure pistachios, almonds, or macadamia nuts would be delicious too!

Can you make these vegan snowball cookies?

You could! Omit the egg yolk and use a vegan butter substitute OR you can use Crisco vegetable shortening. Either option can be used in a 1:1 ratio substitute for butter. You can use coconut oil also, but it can make the dough a little bit crumbly. Be prepared to add a little water to the dough. As a word of caution, I would recommend probably adding nuts to the dough if you are going vegan on these. The flavor of these cookies comes from the butter, so they might need a boost of flavor from some nuts!

Could I add almond extract instead of vanilla extract?

Absolutely! And it would be SO good! If you go that route, I’d suggest adding in some finely chopped almonds.

Raspberry Snowball Cookies in a star-shaped Christmas spode bowl on a wooden table

Wrap Up – Raspberry Snowball Cookies (With No Nuts!)

Raspberry snowball cookies are a great recipe and a family favorite at my house. Plus, I think they are really a very pretty cookie, without a ton of effort. Doing the decorative icing is not my thing, but these little babies don’t require much to look beautiful. That’s my kind of cookie! I hope you try them and love them as much as I do! These raspberry snowball cookies are not your average snowball cookies recipe! They are perfect for the holiday season, or really, any other time, too! They are so light and such a tender cookie, and look like little balls of snow! Merry Christmas and Happy Baking!

Yield: 36 Sandwich Cookies or 72 Plain Cookies

Raspberry Snowball Cookies

Raspberry Snowball Cookies on a tray together all dusted with confectioner's sugar.

These cookies look extra Christmas-y with their raspberry filling and taste divine with the simple delicious flavor of buttery cookies!! And the best part about these snowball cookies (besides the fact that they look like little snowballs and are some of my very favorite Christmas cookies!) is that they don't have nuts, so they are good for everyone to enjoy! Raspberry Snowball Cookies (with No Nuts!) recipe uses simple ingredients and delivers a big yummo!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup raspberry jam
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. I prefer a prepared cookie sheet with parchment paper. It's just easier to clean up for the cook!!
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or your stand mixer, mix together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Make sure to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula to get all the sugar and butter incorporated. (I like to use my stand mixer with the paddle attachment for these cookies.)
  4. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
  5. Add in flour mixture and stir until well combined.
  6. Pinch the dough and roll into small cookie dough balls. I like to use a small cookie scoop to ensure that the cookies all come out the same size. You could also measure about a tablespoon of dough for each cookie. You want the ball shape to be a little less than 1-inch balls.
  7. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheet and press down very slightly to flatten the bottom of the ball.
  8. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Cookies should not get brown but will be starting to turn golden on the bottom when done and look like little cookie balls.
  9. Let the cookies cool slightly, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. Let cool completely before assembly or adding the dusting of the confectioner's sugar.
  10. Put raspberry jelly in a bowl and stir to loosen the jam up. If it’s too cool, zap it in the microwave in 15-second increments until you can stir it. (You don’t want it to be runny though!).
  11. Add a layer of raspberry jelly to half the cookies. Then top with the other cookie halves and then sprinkle/dust with confectioners’ sugar on top.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

This is an automatically generated nutrition calculation. If you have special dietary needs, please calculate on your own just in case.

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