Lemon Snowball Cookies are a really simple cookie recipe that’s loaded with a burst of lemon!
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I find it ironic that as I sit here editing these pictures, and writing this post about Lemon Snowball Cookies, it’s actually cold. As a matter of fact right now it’s 54 degrees outside, on this sunny Saturday morning. These past few weeks have been unseasonably warm, and then all of a sudden this morning when I opened the door to let the dogs out, it’s quite chilly out. I’m even contemplating about needing my slippers or not. If you know me, it’s gotta be pretty cold for me to need something on my feet. I’m a flip flop year round gal. I love the winter, then again, living in north Florida we don’t get “winter.” We experience a few days out of the year where it’s actually “cold.” That cold is normally highs in the 40’s, if I’m lucky.
For once I’m actually looking forward to the summer. I don’t know if it’s because I’m excited about what is planned, or if it’s just because that means I’m one month closer to Christmas! Yea, I did mention the “C” word, haha. This is actually a big summer for our little family. Kayla will graduate Navy boot camp at some point around the beginning of June, and head off to A school in San Antonio to become a Hospital Corpsman, and Kelsie turns 13! My youngest, turning a teenager, that thought is rather scary. It means she will only be two years away from getting her driver’s permit, which unlike her big sister, she’s excited about it. *cue the tears*
Let’s step away from the fact that time is passing by far too quickly, and let’s focus on these perfect Lemon Snowball Cookies! These are Kelsie’s favorite cookies. She’s always been a lemon lover. Unlike myself that adores any and all chocolate, she loves lemon. This is just the first of several lemon treats coming your way over the next few weeks. I decided to start with the simplest cookie recipe that I’ve ever made.
Have you had snowball cookies before? I’ll admit that I’ve never had one, ever. Yea, that may be a shocker to some, but these perfect little bites never once found themselves on a plate near me. When Kelsie ask me to make something lemon, the only thing I could come up with was lemon poppy seed bread or muffins. (the muffins are coming soon, they are a recipe in progress)
I ask Kelsie what sort of lemon dish she had in mind, and she said cookies. Hmmm, ok. After looking online and trying to find the perfect lemon recipes to try out, I was left with a lot of lemon shortbread cookies, which me and shortbread don’t get along, so I had to resort to cookbooks. I don’t have very many newer cookbooks, as much as I love cookbooks, I just don’t have a big collection, and the majority that I do own, just happen to be old. I was flipping through one of them, without the cover I might add, (it’s an old early 90’s spiral bound) and ran across snowball cookies. They were filled with chopped pecans and vanilla flavoring, but I knew that if I played with the recipe enough, I could get a lemon cookie. I did, I did! These are perfect little pillows that melt in your mouth, hence the term snowball. And they are loaded with lemon flavor, thanks to the zest and the Rodelle Lemon Extract! If you’ve never baked with lemon extract, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. Of course not any lemon extract will do. I’ve used another brand before, when I made my Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting, and let me tell you, there is a huge difference in flavor and ingredients. I have plans to go back to that recipe and use the Rodelle Lemon Extract in its place.
These cookies are seriously so versatile. You can go from lemon to orange, to even lime. Anything you can zest, you can use to make these cookies. The flavors won’t be as strong, since there aren’t any extracts for orange or lime, but that’s ok, because citrus flavors are so yummy, and scream summer!
Back to these particular cookies…you don’t have to chill the dough! Woot! There is a time and a place to chill dough, but sometimes you want to whip up some dough and bake some cookies, because you don’t even want to wait the 30 minute chill time. Am I right?
Lemon Snowball Cookies
Lemon Snowball Cookies are a really simple cookie recipe that's loaded with a burst of lemon!
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- zest and juice from one lemon
- 2 1/4 cups flour
Rolling the cookies after baking
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- zest from one lemon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
In a stand mixer, beat together butter, powdered sugar, lemon extract, lemon juice, zest, and salt until smooth. Add the flour, and beat on low until your dough comes together. Should only take a minute or so.
Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop out one tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball, and place on the cookie sheet, leaving one to two inches between the cookie dough. (don't worry, these don't spread out)
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pans for 5 minutes, before removing to cooling racks. Allow to cool completely before rolling in the powdered sugar/zest mixture.
Once the cookies are cooled completely, mix together the two cups of powdered sugar and the lemon zest. Roll each cookie coating completely. I roll mine twice to really get them coated. Enjoy!