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Luscious Lemon Snowballs

Rated as 4.89 out of 5 Stars

"Bursting with lemon flavor, these two-bite cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, light and soft on the inside. Cream cheese and plenty of lemon zest make these cookies perfectly refreshing!"
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1 h 30 m servings 106
Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 dozen cookies)


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  1. Combine sugar and lemon zest in a food processor and pulse several times to bruise lemon zest. Transfer 1/2 cup sugar mixture to a bowl.
  2. Beat butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl until creamy and well-combined; mix in remaining lemon-sugar mixture, egg, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer to beat baking powder and salt into moist ingredients; gradually beat flour into mixture to make a dough. Freeze dough for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in reserved 1/2 cup lemon sugar. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Press cookies down slightly to flatten and sprinkle each cookie with about 1/8 teaspoon of the remaining lemon sugar.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are firm on bottoms, 10 to 12 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Mixing the lemon zest and sugar in the food processor is optional but highly recommended. It releases more of the lemon flavor than simply mixing the two together.
  • If desired, refrigerate dough 2 to 3 hours instead of freezing. Depending on the stickiness and softness of dough, chill time may vary or may not be necessary at all. Dough may be chilled overnight or frozen for future use.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 106 calories; 3 18.7 1.3 15 79 Full nutrition

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These were awesome. The only change I made was I doubled the zest blended with the sugar. I did not put the dough in the freezer. I popped it into the fridge for about twenty minutes and found ...

great crispy edges & chewy middle - easy to make, but a little light on lemon flavor - will need to perk it up a bit - will omit vanilla & double up on lemon juice- maybe add some extra zest (I...

Doubled the recipe because I love lemon. Made these as directed. Delicious!

Save yourself some trouble and just go ahead and double this recipe. These cookies are fantastic. I was craving a lemon cookie and these are divine. I did omit the vanilla and add more lemon ju...

Love it! These cookies are wonderful. Will be making them again (my family really enjoyed it).