Tropical Hawaiian Snowballs (Hawaiian-Style Russian Tea Cookies)

"These delicious cookies are like snowballs in that when they are left out they disappear quickly. No, they don't melt, but it seems that they attract little menehune (Hawaiian elves) that just love to gobble them all up when you're not looking! Cooking time includes 30 minutes for cookies to cool off. Also feel free to play around with the extracts. I have used pineapple extract with coconut extract, coconut and banana, and butter, rum and vanilla. All have come out well!"
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
72 cookies




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 5 cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and vanilla and coconut extracts.
  • Sift together the flour and the salt.
  • Slowly add to the butter mixture.
  • Add nuts. Mix until blended well.
  • Roll into small, bite sized balls. (about 3/4 of an ounce or 2 tablespoons). I like to use a small #40 portion disher (small, 3/4 ounce sized, ice cream scoop) and place 1-inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  • While still warm, (not hot, not cold) roll through powdered sugar.
  • Keeps about a week (but they won't be around that long) in an air-tight container.

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  2. These are fantastic! I love Russian Tea cookies and having a taste of the Hawaiian version's also great! They're easy to whip too and each bite which has a bit of butter powdery texture melts in the mouth. Perfect! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! Made for Spring PAC 2009.


Aloha! <br>My name is Steve, and I am from Hawaii. I grew up in the kitchen. I am 29 years old. I have traveled throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, so I do have a different pallet than most. I like good, honest grub (yes, the restaurant in Tokyo, and just good food too). <br> <br>So, just a personal pet peeve right now... I get so angry when I read reviews like this... <br> <br>This turned out well but it's not particularly creamy, I'd say thick but not creamy. I substituted 1/2 cup of the milk with soy milk and I can't taste the difference. I also reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup and it is the perfect amount of sweetness. I added 1/4 c of raisins or more, because it's just not the same without them. I added some cinnamon too, and used half the amount of nutmeg. I think the reviewers who doubled the custard part had the right idea, but with all the alterations, I think I'll try a different pudding recipe next time. Thanks for sharing, though. (She gave the recipe 3 stars) <br> <br>Now is it just me or did she basically change the recipe sooooooo much that it became something new? If I were to make all the changes that this person did, I wouldn't have rated, just leave a private message.... But come on! If you review a recipe, review the recipe posted, not make major changes and then review! <br> <br>Other than that, I am working on a cookbook of my favorite recipes for my family. I'm gonna give it out for Christmas this year! I'm really excited about that! woot! <br> <br>I am famous for a few things... Red Velvet Cupcakes, Cheesecake Tarts, Furikake Chex Mix and cookies, cookies, cookies! <br> <br><img src=> <br> <br><img src=> <br> <br>What does the ranking system mean to me? <br> <br>5 stars - I will definitely make this again. Probably sooner than later. It might have required minor tweaking, but was a solid recipe. <br> <br>4 stars - I will more than likely make this again. It might have required some tweaks, but overall was a great recipe. <br> <br>3 stars - I might make this again. It was just ok. <br> <br>2 stars - I will probably never make this again. I really didn't like it, and will make it again only if I had a gun pointed at my head. <br> <br>1 star - Sorry. I will never make this again. Even if there was a gun to my head, I would not make it again. I had to throw it away / spit it out / my dog wouldn't go near it, etc.
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