Easy Hawaiian Snowball Cookies Recipe
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Easy Hawaiian Snowball Cookies Recipe

Snowball cookies are also known as Russian Tea Cakes, Swedish Tea Balls, Mexican Wedding cookies, and more. We tried a Hawaiian style snowball cookie because our students enjoy service travel programs to Hawaii.

Coconut extract and macadamia nuts are added to this traditional snowball cookie recipe, making it a unique (and delicious) dessert. It’s also very easy to whip up a batch of these for Christmas or any occasion!

It’s a great recipe that doesn’t need a fancy food processor or any baking powder and it will turn out absolutely delicious. A good substitute for macadamia nuts is cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts or pecans. These should be used in equal measure. You can also use sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or soy nuts.

Serve with ice cream or enjoy by themselves. Eat fast because these cookies will disappear quickly. If not consumed, let the cookies cool and store in an airtight container.

Let’s bake Hawaiian Snowball Cookies!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1⁄2 cups flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1⁄2 cups macadamia nuts (or chopped pecans)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted, for rolling


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Celsius 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Celsius.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray 2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Cream together butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and coconut extracts 3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter (try slightly room temp), powdered sugar, and both vanilla and coconut extracts.
Sift together flour and salt in a separate large bowl 4. Add the flour and the salt to a separate large bowl and sift together.
Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix well 5. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Make sure to mix well.
Add chopped nuts and mix until evenly spread 6. Add chopped nuts and mix, so nuttiness is evenly spread.
Roll cookie dough into balls and place 1 inch apart on baking sheet 7. Roll cookie dough into balls and place 1 inch apart on parchment paper on your cookie sheet. (You can use a tablespoon for this.)
Bake cookies for 10-15 minutes until golden brown on top 8. Cookies bake for 10-15 minutes, or until slightly golden brown on top.
Let cookies cool for about 5 minutes 9. Let cookies slightly cool for about 5 minutes.
Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar to cover surface 10. While still warm, roll cookies through powdered sugar, making sure to cover the cookie surface with sugar.

Here’s a video showing how to make Hawaiian snowball cookies step-by-step:

Easy & Delicious Hawaiin Snowball Cookies (Transcript)

I’m 100% convinced that these cookies will usher in world peace. Okay, I know that’s a bold statement, but before I explain myself, hello! I’m Jeanette at Rustic Pathways, and it’s time for another Rustic Eats recipe.

Today, I’m making Hawaiian snowball cookies. Before I jump into the ingredients and the recipe, please subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss out on any of our videos.

In case you don’t know what snowball cookies are, they’re little round morsels of goodness rolled in powdered sugar. The inside is very buttery with a fun texture, slightly chalky but in a good way.

I feel like every country has a variation, and that’s why I think they are peacemakers.

I’ve heard them called Swedish tea balls, Russian tea cakes, and Mexican wedding cookies, but it’s basically the same cookie.

Sorry this intro is so long, but I know that these cookies are going to unite us all. Let’s jump into the ingredients for the Hawaiian snowball cookies.

You’re going to need butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, coconut extract, flour, salt, and macadamia nuts.

Quick note: I wasn’t able to find macadamia nuts, so I’m using pecans instead. I’ll post the precise measurements and recipe in the video description.

Say a quick hello to Rusty, my mother-in-law’s dog, who I think should be the Rustic Pathways mascot.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, cream the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and coconut extract. The coconut extract gives these cookies a tropical flavor.

If you can find macadamia nuts, use those instead of pecans. Fun fact: the majority of the world’s macadamias are grown in Hawaii, but they’re indigenous to Australia.

As I mix these ingredients, let me tell you about our travel programs to Hawaii for students ages 12 to 22.

Our immersive travel experiences take students to Hawaii for service, fun, and adventure. You can find more information in the video description. Back to the recipe.

Sift together the flour and salt, then gradually add it to the butter mixture. These cookies are easy to make and versatile. You can make them for Christmas, birthdays, or any occasion. Adding different extracts or nuts makes them unique.

Next, add the nuts and stir them in well, ensuring an even distribution. Make your dough balls. If the dough looks crumbly, press it together in your hands and shape the ball. My snowballs are medium-sized, but you can use a tablespoon to scoop out the dough for evenly sized snowballs.

Spray your cookie sheet with cooking spray or use parchment paper. Space out your snowballs about one inch apart.

Bake the cookies for 10 to 13 minutes. I usually bake them for 10 minutes and check them every few minutes to ensure they don’t brown. Once the cookies are out, cool completely until you can pick them up without burning yourself.

While they’re warm, dip them into a bowl of powdered sugar. The warmth will bind the sugar to the cookie. Voila! You have delicious Hawaiian snowball cookies.

The cookies are done, and it’s time to taste them. They were so yummy, but the powdered sugar instantly sticks to the roof of your mouth. I love the coconut flavor, the crunchiness of the nuts, and the texture of the whole cookie. Delicious!

The ingredients and recipe for the Hawaiian snowballs are in the video description, so check that out.

Let us know if you’ve tried them before. Also, don’t forget to check out our travel programs to Hawaii at rusticpathways.com.

About the Author

Janette Daneshmand

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Janette Daneshmand was born and raised in Southern California, a stone’s throw away from the original Disneyland. Janette spent an unforgettable summer in western Europe and Florence on a study abroad program during her time at Cal State Fullerton. In 2016 she moved to Manchester and worked for a craft magazine publisher as a professional crafter and later at a marketing agency that specializes in life science and biotech businesses as a social media manager. She connected deeply with Rustic's mission of philanthropy, travel, and training students to build the skills they need to create impact.