Prep Time
25 Mins
Cook Time
20 Mins
Other Time
35 Mins
2 dozen

Lemon and coconut add a new twist to the traditional wedding cookie. Don't be shy when rolling these in powdered sugar—the more powdered sugar, the bigger the snowball!

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and extracts, beating well. Add flour, lemon rind, and salt, beating until combined. Stir in coconut. Cover and chill dough 30 minutes.

Step 2

Shape dough into generous 1" balls; place 1" apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden on bottom, but pale on top. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool 5 minutes.

Step 3

Place 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar in a bowl, and roll warm cookies in powdered sugar, coating well. Cool cookies completely on wire racks. Roll cooled cookies in powdered sugar again, coating well.

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Ratings & Reviews


February 22, 2016
Love the flavors; not too sweet

michelle777's Review

December 14, 2012

greenda5's Review

December 13, 2012
At first, I wasn't so sure about these cookies. The dough was really, really dry and I thought no way will these come out ok. They also looked really ugly before being doubled rolled in powdered sugar. Resist the temptation to adjust the recipe and follow through with the plan! After these cooled completely, there were delicious and I couldn't stop eating them! The final product also looked really pretty.

carolrk's Review

December 16, 2011
Good cookie. I couldn't find coconut extract though, and so used lemon. That makes it a bit too lemony. But this is not a super sweet cookie, despite all that powedered sugar. I saw a comment about them burning. You really have to take these out when they are just barely golden on the bottom. They are done. No worries.

MindyRoller's Review

December 04, 2011
These are outstanding! I make several batches every year for Christmas and am always asked for the recipe.

KDHancook's Review

December 27, 2010

PekeAngel's Review

December 25, 2010
These are delicious and easy to make even for a newbe. Instead of coconut you can use pecans or any nut that you like. Try it-you will really like it.

UtahDeb's Review

December 24, 2010
Honestly... It looks great but I didn't make it because I'm allergic to coconut. Will the texture change too much if skip the cup of coconut? If so, can I substitute something? I'm a complete novice... so HELP!

SuznOahu's Review

December 23, 2010
I made these exactly as the recipe is written. I did not change a thing. First batch came out burnt on the bottom.....severely burnt on bottom. Second batch, I turned down the oven to 300 degrees, watched them and they still were dark on the bottom before the tops even began to brown. Third batch, turned the oven off, let it cool a bit and then put the cookies in the oven. Watched them like a hawk and finally got a decent batch. Cookies crumble too much the recipe missing some liquid? Think I'll find another snowball recipe and try it next time.

PadMyCell's Review

December 21, 2010
I am a total amateur, If I can make it and others enjoy it. That makes it a winner. Easy enough to make. Thank you for the recipe. Happy Holidays.