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Sweetened Condensed Milk Snowball Cookies

Prepared with only five ingredients, Sweetened Condensed Milk Snowballs are light and fluffy, and only slightly sweet. They look plain and drab, but they are quite delicious, very easy to make, and extremely budget friendly too!

There’s always that one person who will lean over your beautiful Christmas cookie platter, looking for a cookie that has no nuts, no chocolate, no sprinkles, etc. They prefer simple sweets without all of the added, fussy bits. For that person in your family, prepare these Sweetened Condensed Milk Snowballs. In fact, you could make two batches – make the plain one you see pictured here, and one with your favourite holiday recipe add-ins!

I absolutely love to make these cookies. They’re just so easy to make! Not only do you get to mix everything together in just one bowl, but there’s no need to roll the dough into balls, or to use a rolling pin. Just use a cookie scoop to portion out the cookie dough, and set them right onto your prepared baking sheet. They hold their shape in the oven, and bake up light and airy.

So, first of all, it’s condensed. The milk is condensed by removing water. This can by accomplished by applying heat. The water will evaporate causing the milk to condense, which thickens the milk. Sugar is added to sweeten the condensed milk. The main purpose of adding sugar is to prolong the shelf life of condensed milk, which can sit on room temperature shelves for years. Sugar prevents microorganisms from growing in the milk and helps to thicken it even further—it’s added after the milk has been boiled, reduced, and pasteurized.

If you find an unsweetened condensed milk, it’s most likely that it’s simply evaporated milk or condensed milk, which is thick, but not gooey and sticky. Evaporated milk is often used as a cream added to tea or coffee. If you are unfamiliar with it, please read the can carefully. Also, shake it – can you feel the liquid splashing about inside the can? If so, it’s not sweetened condensed milk; it’s evaporated or condensed milk only!


1 cup softened butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup confectioner’s sugar (for dusting)

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1️ Cream the softened butter in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
2️ Gradually add in the sweetened condensed milk, mixing until well combined.
3️ Sift in the flour and baking powder, then mix to form a soft dough.
4️ Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5️ Scoop small amounts of dough, roll into balls, and place on the baking sheet.
6️ Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden.
7️ Let the cookies cool slightly before dusting with confectioner’s sugar.
Enjoy your delightful Sweetened Condensed Milk Snowball Cookies, perfect for a winter treat or any cozy gathering!

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