An easy recipe for Christmas snowball cookies with M&Ms! Unlike traditional snowballs, these Christmas cookies are made without nuts.
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 ¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup Christmas M&Ms
2 cups powdered sugar, for coating
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter, ½ cup powdered sugar, and almond extract until light and fluffy.
In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour and salt. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Continue mixing until a dough forms. Fold in M&M’s.
Scoop out about 1.5 Tbsp of the dough (this tool helps), roll into a ball, and place on a cookie sheet. Repeat to form all cookies.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, until bottoms are light brown. Allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes, or until they can be handled.
Add 2 cups of powdered sugar to a shallow bowl and roll each cookie in it. Place rolled cookies on a cooling rack. Once cookies are fully cooled, roll in powdered sugar once more before serving.
If your powdered sugar becomes too clumpy while rolling your cookies you may need to empty the bowl and start with fresh powdered sugar.
Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.