Olive Us: Episode 17: Snoball Cookies

January 31, 2013

By Gabrielle.

I’ve got a really beautiful new Olive Us episode to share with you today. It’s sweet and whimsical, and if you’re stuck inside with winter weather, it will be just the trick to get you up and making.

The recipe is one my family has been making for decades and it comes with the misspelling of snoball. We’ve chosen to keep the misspelling because we don’t want to jinx the recipe in any way! It’s so simple and yummy — I think these are my very favorite cookie.

For those of you ready to try it out, take note of the marble reference — with these cookies, bite-size is key! Find the full written recipe here.

Big thanks to Tiger in a Jar for their extra-dose of creativity on this one. And thanks to Tea Collection as well — they sent Betty’s sweet outfit!

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1 Katie January 31, 2013 at 9:20 am

These look so perfect to try with kids! But did I miss where it said how long to bake and at what temperature? I’m taking notes!


2 Design Mom January 31, 2013 at 9:24 am

So glad you commented, Katie! I meant to add that you can find the full written recipe here:


I’ll update the post now.


3 Katie January 31, 2013 at 9:28 am

Yay! Thank you!


4 Emma @ Bake Sew Grow January 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

I love these videos, and the cookies look absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing :)


5 Grace@ Sense and Simplicity January 31, 2013 at 9:32 am

So adorable. I love seeing your kids in action – makes me miss mine when they were younger. Your kiddos might like the snowman lab I made for my nieces and nephews this Christmas. Here is the link: http://gracie-senseandsimplicity.blogspot.ca/2012/12/snowman-lab-gift-idea.html


6 natasha January 31, 2013 at 9:32 am

So sweet ;-)


7 Annie January 31, 2013 at 9:39 am

One of my favorite videos yet! I did giggle a little though when the bananas in the background magically appeared when the girls took the cookies out of the oven.


8 Elizabeth January 31, 2013 at 9:41 am

We make nearly the identical cookie and call them Pecan Puffs — they’re our favorite, too. The video was precious — more than precious, actually — it was delightful in every way.


9 iris January 31, 2013 at 9:42 am

So so cute. I love the soft colours of this video and by the look of your daughters they must be delicious!! Iris


10 Katy Dennison January 31, 2013 at 9:43 am

So beautiful! That stop motion of the ingredients blew my mind. How’d you guys come up with that?? Brilliant :) And those girls are so sweet together. Love it!


11 Cassie January 31, 2013 at 10:12 am

So precious.


12 Jen James January 31, 2013 at 10:38 am

This video is great and I love the beginning, just like other folks have mentioned.
One recipe question–my kids don’t like nuts–any thoughts as to what would happen if I omit them?


13 Design Mom January 31, 2013 at 10:46 am

Great question, Jen!

I’ve made these without nuts and they’re just as yummy. I’ve also crushed the nuts (I’ve used both pecans and walnuts) into crumbs and added them that way — you get a bit of nut in the flavor, but no nutty texture.


14 Jill January 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

Where can we find that song?


15 Jillian in Italy January 31, 2013 at 11:14 am

The opening ingredient scene is absolutely gorgeous and the music suits the filming to perfection.

My kids are always so excited when a new Olive Us video is released. And I often find them re-watching old episodes.


16 rachel swartley January 31, 2013 at 11:26 am

I love it, Gabby! This is one of my favorite Olive Us episodes.


17 Franca Bollo January 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Mine, too! On all levels … subject, palette, music, execution. Loved the opening sequence.


18 The Sleepy Time Gal January 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

those look awesome. we’ve been doing quite a bit of baking staying indoors and my girls would LOVE these.


19 KellliO January 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I think this is my favorite Olive Us episode. I adore the ingredient introduction, and your girls are really great, too!


20 Emily January 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Love this one! We call those Mexican Wedding Cakes at our house. Beautiful color coordination too!


21 Meredith January 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Well technically, if you lived in Louisiana like I do, your “snoball” cookie would be spelled correctly. :) That’s how we spell our favorite summer treat down here, but then we like to put a twist on a lot of words.
Love your videos and your kids – beautiful family!


22 mom in mendon January 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Darling intro. I love feeling a little connected to an episode like this. As I remember, growing up in the San Fernando Valley, our recipe card was written in my Grandma Rachel Evans’ writing, “Snoball Cookies.” : )


23 Franca Bollo January 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Oh, the ever popular Mexican Wedding Cakes! I think this cookie has a million names but by any other name it tastes as sweet (to paraphrase Juliet).

I love how different from each other your oldest daughters are.


24 Jane January 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Such gorgeous girls. If only sisters always got along so well — and with that lovely music playing in the background!


25 Cornelia Cone January 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

This is delightful! We have particularly bad weather today and we are all in a funk. This made me smile and we are going to make them right now.

Ps. Your kids are so charming!


26 Linda K January 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm

At risk of being a sycophant, I have to say that the loveliness of your girls brought tears to my eyes. They postively glow. I love the ethereal lens Tiger Jar applied do this one!!


27 Marie January 31, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Such a fun video, and the goodies look yummy.
What cute font was used for the title? It’s awesome!


28 Justyn January 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Honestly, these just keep getting better and better. The food animation at the start – LOVELY. After seeing Maude prancing around Paris I thought I had a favorite but now I think there is a tie ;)


29 Tiffanie February 1, 2013 at 1:40 am

I just teared up watching that, Gabrielle! Wonderful presentation, adorable girls.


30 Jasmine - Gift Wrapsody February 1, 2013 at 7:08 am

I really enjoyed this. So much so I felt I had to leave a comment! The ingredient segment was so creative and your girls are so lovely. I’ve never heard of these cookies so thanks for sharing the recipe. I hope to try this with my kids one day.


31 jill February 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

Sweet sisters… I really love this! The ingredient landscapes was so cleaver in the opening :)


32 Alexandra February 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I’ve never seen a cuter way to introduce ingredients! Also, these cookies look amazing. I should probably make them right now.


33 Shannon { A Mom's Year } February 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Beautiful video–I love the way the ingredients were introduced, too. Great-Grandma Eugenia taught us to make these and called them “Russian Teacakes.” I have very happy memories of rolling them with her.

Sprinkling the cookies with powdered sugar is inspired! We roll and roll and roll and start to lose interest…. :)


34 Abbe@This is How I Cook February 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

The girls share? How totally sweet and the music is as perfect as your beautiful girls. But don’t tell them I said that. It goes too fast…


35 Whitney February 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Wow! That was beautiful. My favorite part is when Betty is stirring and a little bit falls out, she looks at her big sisters a bit embarrassed and then she just keeps on stirring. It was such a sweet moment.


36 Becky @ preparingforpeanut.com February 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I cannot even believe how precious this video is! As the mom of a kid who LOVES to cook with me, I was grinning ear to ear through the whole thing. Your girls clearly love doing these projects together and are just beautiful. Fantastic.


37 shadygrove February 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

Sweetest episode ever! Such cute little butter houses! Reminded me somehow of the Minnesota butter princesses.


38 Hayley February 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Your daughters are just so beautiful! Loved this video!


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