Bite-sized Baklava Snowball Cookies are bursting with orange blossom, rose water and walnuts! Just one bite and they’ll become your favorite holiday cookie!
Have you ever had a Snowball Cookie? They’re small bite-sized cookies are rolled in powdered sugar and melt in your mouth. I’ve seen a variation of them in lots of different cookbooks from around the world. Even in Lebanon, a Snowball Cookie is very similar to flour-based Ma’moul and to Ghrabiye. All three of these cookies just melt in your mouth and are loaded with flavor!
Lately I’ve been a little obsessed with them! With a simple base- no eggs, no milk, no baking powder or soda… so simple- you can add anything you want to your Snowballs. So why not add baklava flavors? I love anything baklava. I’ve experimented with a few baklava-inspired recipes, which I still need to perfect them before I share them with you… But the first time I made Baklava Snowball Cookies I went crazy over them! I ate 6! 6!!
Well there’s a reason for that…
Mr. Nomad- seeing the sheer joy on my face- decided to take the piss (that’s how the Brit’s say tease you) and tell me they have a garlicky after taste. I was like what? Garlic? How? He even convinced his brother, my son and my nephews that they had a weird garlic taste. So I ate 3 more… No garlic taste? Was I going crazy? After consuming a few more snowballs he finally laughs- yep he TOTALLY TOOK THE PISS! They didn’t taste like garlic… he just thought it would be funny to tell me that…
Well the jokes on him…
He has officially lost his standing as the official Recipe Nomad taste tester and critique! Banished! So now I’m taking applications for an official Recipe Nomad taste tester! Who wants this delicious job?
Bite-sized Baklava Snowball Cookies are bursting with orange blossom, rose water and walnuts! Just one bite and they'll become your favorite holiday cookie!
10 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 1 cup Butter
- 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Orange Blossom
- 1/2 teaspoon Rose Water
- 1 tablespoon Arabic Syrup (optional)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup Cornstarch
- 1 cup finely chopped Walnuts
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- With an electric mixer, cream the butter and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until creamy.
- Add the orange blossom, rose water and Arabic Syrup.
- With the mixer turned on, add the flour cornstarch. Mix until well combined but do not overmix.
- Stir in the walnuts.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Place the cookie batter in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the refrigerator and roll them into bite-size balls. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes.
- Cool on the pan for 2 minutes then remove and place on a wire rack and cool.
- Once cool enough to handle- but still warm roll the balls in the powdered sugar. Shake off excess sugar.
- When the cookies are completely cool, roll them in the powdered sugar again.