Pink Lemonade Snowballs

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Pink Lemonade Cookies

Have we talked much about my favorite cookie? Probably not, especially in the summertime. Who bakes snowball cookies in the summer?

Well, I do. This pink lemonade version has taken my favorite winter cookie and morphed it right into summer where it belongs. It’s pink and cute and ridiculously tasty. Those are all fantastic reasons to eat a cookie!

Another reason to eat a pink lemonade cookie? Lemon is a summer flavor. In fact, as you’re reading this, I’m at the beach with my buddy getting some girl time. And you can bet your patootie that we’ll be getting some fresh-squeezed lemonade on the boardwalk!

Pink Lemonade Cookies

I didn’t grow up near the beach, so it’s still a wonder to me. Nope, I grew up in landlocked Indianapolis, where the closest thing to a beach is Lake Michigan. The first time I stepped foot on the Eastern Shore and onto the boardwalk, I was transported to a whole world I’d never even known about. It was nothing short of magical.

Pink Lemonade Cookies

Let’s not even get into the fact that they deep-fry everything on the boardwalk, from Oreos to Reese’s peanut butter cups. Let’s not even talk about the soft-serve, or big pretzels, or popcorn, or fudge, that is literally every two steps. Heck, I’m not even going to talk about the smell of Thrasher’s fries permeating the air as people stroll around with buckets and take in the scenery.

Pink Lemonade Cookies

The point is, the beach smells like food. Delicious food. And salt air. And sunscreen. It’s like every amazing summer smell is packed into one area, and everyone is pretty much in swimsuits and flip-flops. In the evenings, people put on light breezy outfits and hit the bars or restaurants. We’re all at a party together and even though nobody knows anybody else a lot of the time, the air is friendly and happy. Except for parking issues, nobody seems to get that upset at the beach.

Pink Lemonade Cookies

Every summer, I log in a fair amount of beach time. The beach always seems to be the place where the world ends and forever begins. All that water, stretching out past the horizon. But don’t go that far in because there are sharks everywhere this year. I love swimming, but not sharks. So I’ll get my beach time, and if I have to swim? #swimmingpool

Pink Lemonade Cookies

These cookies are beyond addictive, so let that be fair warning. If you’ve never had a snowball, they’re light and fluffy, based in powdered sugar. That makes the dough crumbly and melt-in-your-mouth amazing. The problem is, it’s way too easy to shove several into your mouth and not share with anyone else.

Snowballs might be a winter thing, but that’s all changed now. Pink lemonade is a summer delight, and so is the beach. Now, so are snowballs. Get your inner beach bum out and cookie it up!


Pink Lemonade Snowballs


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 drops red food coloring gel
1/3 cup powdered sugar (for rolling baked cookies into)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, powdered sugar, and lemon extract until fluffy. Add flour and salt and beat again until the dough forms. Bit by bit, slowly add the food coloring until you have the desired pink shade.
  3. Roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the bottoms are just starting to brown.
  4. Wait 5 minutes and roll the cookies in the powdered sugar carefully. You don't want to press the cookies into the sugar too firmly or the cookies will crumble. Wait a few minutes, and then roll them a second time.
  5. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh this is so creative, Mir! I’ve would’ve never thought to make a pink lemonade flavored cookie. Sounds so refreshing and just perfect for the summer! Love it!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! I needed to have a snowball STAT, so this was the way!

  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Deep fried Oreos? Why did I not know that this was a thing? A good job really haha.

    I love that your baking ideas are different from the usual ones. I love pink lemonade.

    1. Mir

      In America, we deep fry everything, Dannii! It’s…intense.

  3. Heather - Butter & Burlap

    “The beach is the place where the world ends and forever begins” – that’s DEEP! But so true! That’s how I feel about the beach too! Ahh, I just love the beach, so so much. This recipe sounds super cute too! I have never heard of a snowball, but it has butter and powdered sugar in it, so I’m guaranteed to like it! πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      You are definitely guaranteed to like it, Heather. And I’m glad you’re a beach bum like me!

  4. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    Oh wow! This is so innovative! What an incredible idea of making lemonade snowballs! So pretty and delish! Perfect summer treat! πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Anu! I love it when ideas just come to me. This was one of those times!

  5. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir!!!! Pink lemonade snowball cookies?!!! LOVE!!!!! and now I want to hit the beach and eat these cookies!!! There’s nothing better than pink lemonade anything in the summer!!! love these cookies!
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    1. Mir

      Pink lemonade is summer, Alice! Even more on the beach. How can I not bake with the beach in mind this time of year?

  6. Mira

    I’ve never made snowballs, but this sounds like a great flavor! need to try them !

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! Try them. I think you’ll be a fan!

  7. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I’ve never heard of snowballs and as hot as it’s been I would welcome some real snow about now! I love that you used a pink lemonade theme to turn a winter cookie into a summer treat!
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    1. Mir

      You want snow, Rachelle? Aaah, not me! Just in a cookie. Try snowballs. They’re so much fun!

  8. Sam @ SugarSpunRun

    Yum I could totally go for one of these snowball cookies right now! Also, you’ve got me seriously craving the beach right about now, too!!
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    1. Mir

      Wish you had it closer by, Sam! I’m here right now, and I gotta say, the beach is great.

  9. Manali @ CookWithManali

    oh my god, the other day I went to a fair and there was deep fried brownies and deep fried snickers! I swear I could not wrap my head around it, lol! love these cookies, refreshing and perfect for summer!
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    1. Mir

      Please tell me you tried them, Manali!

      1. Manali @ CookWithManali

        haha I didn’t! I just couldn’t gather enough courage to try deep fried brownies!! Next time I will πŸ˜€
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        1. Mir

          You’d better next time, Manali! Life is short, chica!

  10. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    pink lemondade! such a cool flavor it sounds awesome and so pretty too! pink is my favorite color πŸ˜‰

    1. Mir

      One of my favorite colors too, Michele! Makes for cuter food and shoes!

  11. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Gah, I wish we were closer to the beach. My dream is to someday live there. I’d never get tired of it!! And I make snowballs all year long. I’ve got so many ideas for recipes…and I love this one so much!
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    1. Mir

      It’s nice living close-ish to the beach, Dorothy. Makes for good getaways! Thanks…I was excited about this flavor!

  12. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Um….these are brilliant. Snowballs should be a summer cookie too, why should winter have all the fun?! It has honestly never occurred to me to make a different flavour of snowball cookie and now I feel a little bit like I’ve been missing out on a lot of cookie deliciousness! These look fantastic!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Stacey! I’m going to have to start making these more often!

  13. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Pink lemonade is definitely summery enough to balance out the snowball cookies’ wintery vibe πŸ™‚ Delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Ha. It’s definitely a vibe, Medha. Thanks!

  14. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I love that you turned the winter cookie into a fun summer treat!!! They are so pretty and pink too! And yes, the beach is such a fabulous place to just chill out and relax. We are headed there this weekend, but no way am I going in too far. I saw way too many videos of all those sharks! Laying on the sand watching sounds just about right to me!
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    1. Mir

      Seriously, right? That dude who punched the shark in the face this past week is AMAZING. I would have been shark food!

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