walnut snowball cookies recipe
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Snowball Cookies with Black Walnuts

You can buy black walnuts in many supermarkets. Or you can use regular walnuts, but they are not as good as the wild ones for this kind of recipe. Using cake flour improves the texture of these cookies, but you can certainly use all-purpose; my mum does. And please do try to get a hold of the orange flower water and Grand Marnier: While not strictly necessary, they do add a lot to the flavor.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 cookies
Author: Hank Shaw


  • 1 cup cake or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped black walnuts
  • 2 heaping tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange flower water
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 stick of butter (1/4 pound), cut into small pieces
  • Powdered sugar for dusting, about 1 cup


  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. Mix all the ingredients except the powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix with your clean hands, mashing the dry ingredients with the butter until you get a mixture that looks like lumpy meal.
  • Form the dough into little balls the size of a walnut and place on an ungreased sheet pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Take the cookies out and let them cool for 5 minutes or so. After they are cool enough to handle but still warm, roll them in the powdered sugar and set aside on a rack to cool. Then, when they are totally cool, roll them in powdered sugar one more time.