Funfetti Cookie Balls

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Nutty, buttery, and so much fun!  These funfetti cookie balls are such a delicious way to enjoy the holiday season.  Perfect with a cup of hot cocoa!

Nutty, buttery, and so much fun! These funfetti cookie balls are such a delicious way to enjoy the holiday season. Perfect with a cup of hot cocoa! food desserts cookies @diamondnuts #sponsored

It’s a brand new week!  Are you ready for it?

Did you get lots of rest and good food over the holiday?  I know I did.  I’m raring to go today.

It’s time for holiday baking!  I just can’t wait to dive in, and I think these funfetti cookie balls are the perfect way to kick off the season.

Nutty, buttery, and so much fun! These funfetti cookie balls are such a delicious way to enjoy the holiday season. Perfect with a cup of hot cocoa! food desserts cookies @diamondnuts #sponsored

The basic snowball cookie is simple perfection.  Buttery, slightly sweet, and full of rich, crunchy nuts.  I’ve used a combination of macadamias, pistachios, and almonds for this recipe, but you can use any nut that you like.  I think the almonds are particularly well-suited, and they really allow the sweet vanilla funfetti flavor to really shine.

When it comes to nuts, Diamond really has your back, especially around the holiday season.  They’ve been around for more than 100 years, and there’s no better time than the holidays to connect Diamond’s rich heritage to your own family traditions.  With Diamond, you have your choice of walnuts, pecans, almonds, and beyond.  Always fresh, always high quality, always a recipe favorite.

Nutty, buttery, and so much fun! These funfetti cookie balls are such a delicious way to enjoy the holiday season. Perfect with a cup of hot cocoa! food desserts cookies @diamondnuts #sponsored

I have seen this kind of cookie ball go by so many different names: snowballs, Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies, you name it.  They are beloved all over the world, and especially around Christmastime.  But I’ve yet to see a funfetti version!

For these, I stirred together a few different kinds of sprinkles to create my own unique blend.  Starting with the traditional red, green, and white, add some ice blue sugar pearls and some hot pink jimmies for a fun, unique, and seasonal holiday twist.

These cookies are so great with a cup of hot cocoa!  What a great way to start the season, and how nice to have a few on hand, to nibble on as you bake up all your other delicious Christmas creations!

Nutty, buttery, and so much fun! These funfetti cookie balls are such a delicious way to enjoy the holiday season. Perfect with a cup of hot cocoa! food desserts cookies @diamondnuts #sponsored

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Funfetti Cookie Balls

Nutty, buttery, and so much fun! These funfetti cookie balls are such a delicious way to enjoy the holiday season. Perfect with a cup of hot cocoa!


Yield: approx. 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups Diamond Nuts, ground finely in a food processor (I used 1/2 cup macadamias, 1/2 cup pistachios, and 1 cup almonds)

  • 1/3 cup sprinkles

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar (for dusting)


Directions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy (about 3 to 5 minutes).  Stir in the vanilla, almond extract, and salt.  Add the flour, ground nuts, and sprinkles, and stir together on medium-low speed until combined.

  3. Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to create balls.  Roll the balls in powdered sugar, and set them on the prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until just barely beginning to turn golden around the sides.  Cool, then re-roll in powdered sugar to coat.  Transfer to an airtight container to store.


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Nutty, buttery, and so much fun! These funfetti cookie balls are such a delicious way to enjoy the holiday season. Perfect with a cup of hot cocoa! food desserts cookies @diamondnuts #sponsored