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Cinnamon Mexican Wedding Cookies (aka Snowballs)



One of my favorite activities to do with my kids is bake homemade cookies. I love watching my little ones get excited and feel empowered making their very own treats, but to be honest I can do without the mess left behind after the final product comes out of the oven. No matter how much fun it may be, the idea of a labor intensive, multi-ingredient cooking project can be taxing on the most patient of moms, which leads to me to the reason for coming up with this cinnamon-y, nutty recipe that could not be easier or more mess-free to make.

Recently, Shutterfly asked me to document making a holiday treat with my daughter for their Storytelling Photo Books and I opted to make this simple but delicious cookie recipe. Chloe took the lead and pretty much did it all from start to finish (yes, I helped out a bit). I loved capturing shot after shot of Chloe doing everything from placing the ingredients into the food processor, pushing the button to pulse it all together, rolling the dough out and finally gently tapping the powdered sugar on top of the freshly baked cookies. She could not have had more fun or gotten more involved or meticulous in her baking.

This delectable dessert is truly easy to make with your kids and spectacular enough to give as a gift to friends, family or teachers. These Cinnamon Mexican Wedding Cookies may be easy to make, but they're hard to forget!

Cinnamon Mexican Wedding Cookies (aka Snowballs)  (Makes 2 Dozen)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 15 mins,
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One of my favorite activities to do with my kids is bake homemade cookies. I love watching my little ones get excited and feel empowered making their very own treats, but to be honest I can do without the mess left behind after the final product comes...


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus additional for dusting


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. 2. Place the walnuts in a food processor and ground for 30 seconds.
  3. 3. Place the ground walnuts, flour and cinnamon in a bowl and combine.
  4. 4. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a standing mixer (or bowl using a hand mixer) and cream for 3-4 minutes.
  5. 5. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until combined.
  6. 6. Using a mini ice cream scoop or a spoon (about 2 tablespoons), scoop out the dough and place on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. 7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. 8. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.
Cinnamon Mexican Wedding Cookies (aka Snowballs)

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  1. Laura

    December 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I would love to make these cookies…
    Any suggestions for a flour substitute to make them gluten free?

    • C. McCord

      December 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      I haven’t tested it in this recipe, but I have had success with Cup 4 Cup gluten free blend in other recipes!

  2. lish875

    October 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Delicious flavor! Mine were a bit crumbly as well…did I do something wrong?

    • catherine

      October 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

      They are a delicate cookie! Were they too crumbly to stick together?

  3. amy

    December 23, 2011 at 1:04 am

    These were too dry for my liking. One taster’s suggestion was to make a thumb print and fill with jam

  4. jennym

    December 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for the easy and yummy recipe. I only got about 14 cookies out of my batch – I will make it again and double it, (and cut the cinnamon down a bit). But they were delicious, thank you.

  5. Karen

    December 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    These were very crumbly for me, too. Made them hard to eat, but I managed. I’m going to leave out the cinnamon next time since I wasn’t a fan of it in them.

  6. Lee Anne Lasky

    December 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Hey, congratulations on being featured on Red Tricycle!!

  7. Lee Anne Lasky

    December 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    So i did the whole thing in the food processor (versus a stand mixer.) Mine were very very crumbly – fell apart very easily when trying to transfer to a plate. Did I do something wrong? mix too much? handle too much? bake more? or are they this delicate by nature?

  8. Heather Hopkins

    December 18, 2011 at 7:12 am

    My daughter and I made these together yesterday. We loved them so much that we had to make another batch today.

    Thank you.

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  11. Arlene

    December 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Easy, delicious, but did not yield the two dozen cookies stated. Barely got 18 cookies, having to adjust scoop size to 1 tbs. Very good recipe otherwise.

  12. Amy

    December 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I made these with the Emerald Nuts brand cinnamon roasted almonds and they were delicious!!

  13. Karen

    December 8, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Made this tonight and they were DEVINE! I couldn’t stop eating them.

  14. Jenny

    December 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Do these freeze well Catherine?

  15. amy

    December 6, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I’ve made these with all sorts of different nuts! I usually use pecans and walnuts (or a mixture) but I like almonds in them, too! YUM! Totally excited to try the cinnamon…

  16. Maria D

    December 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I just made them with roasted almonds. I’m not sure what they’re actually suppose to taste like but they were good like this.

  17. Rebecca

    December 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I didn’t have walnuts but I did have pecans and hazelnuts. So I did half cup of each instead of one cup of walnuts. They were yummy. My 5 and 3 year old ate them up! Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Jennifer

    December 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I have a family recipe that is very similar, but no cinnamon. That sounds like a good add!

    • catherine

      December 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      The cinnamon totally kicks it up and adds such depth to the flavor of the cookie (and Chloe loves sprinkling it in :)

      • Roth

        February 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

        I just wanted to blog today to thank you all for your subsosmiins to the Giving is Awesome giveaway! Your entries mean so much to me, and I hope that each family is blessed in some way this holiday,

  19. Lisa Ciarametaro

    December 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    This is probably a silly question but could anything else work besides nuts?? Daugher is allergic to all nuts

    • catherine

      December 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Sadly, I don’t think so. You could try these, though :)

      • tess

        December 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

        Actually, I’ve made these without nuts. I just omit them, and they taste great! (We don’t have nut allergies in our house, but my hubby doesn’t care for nuts in cookies…go figure! I experimented with my aunt’s recipe–same as this one!–and they are very good!)

        • Jessica

          September 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

          I might try them with Pine Nuts. Many nut allergy folks like me aren’t allergic to pine nuts. Seems they’re a seed??

  20. Kimberly

    December 6, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Would almonds work instead of the walnuts?

    • catherine

      December 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      I haven’t ever tried almonds. Walnuts are a little softer then almonds and have a bit more natural oils, but I feel like the almonds would be delicious!