Snowball cookies

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Snowball cookies are one of my must-have Christmas favorites, along with Spritz cookies and stained glass cookies. I've given the classic snowball recipe a twist with the addition of chocolate chips, because you can never have too much chocolate!

Every year I include some honest classic recipes in my Christmas baking, and these adorable little snowball cookies are always on the list. These cookies look like a snowball, hence the name, and are full of nutty and chocolate flavors.

How are snowball cookies made?

These cookies start with butter, flour, sugar, and vanilla extract, which mix together to form a crusty sweet bread dough. Miniature chocolate chips and finely chopped nuts are added to the mix, and the cookies are formed into small balls and then baked. The final touch is two layers of powdered sugar for an irresistible gift!

Traditionally, snowball cookies are made with walnuts. I added the chocolate because I think it really expands the flavor of these cookies, and it's fun to bite into a pure white cookie and see little specks of chocolate inside. If you prefer to stick with nuts, you can add more nuts instead of chocolate.

Tips for Snowball Cookies

  • It is best to keep these cookies on the smaller side so that they keep their round shape when they are baked. You can use a measuring spoon or a cookie spoon to make sure the cookies are similar in size.
  • The cookies are dipped in powdered sugar twice: once when they are hot and again after they have cooled.
  • Cookie dough can be frozen for up to a month, then thawed and baked at a later date.
  • It is important that the walnuts are finely chopped so that they can be evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Snowball cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  • If you don't want to use walnuts, you can substitute walnuts or almonds.

How long do you bake snowball cookies?

These cookies are baked for 16-18 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned. You don't want to over-bake your cookies as they will lose that melting texture in your mouth and become difficult if they spend too much time in the oven.

How long do fresh cookies stay?

I think these cookies are better when eaten within 1-2 days. Technically, you can store them for longer than that, but the powdered sugar coating will start to dissolve over time. You can re-roll your cookies in powdered sugar just before serving if you plan to store them for a while.

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Snowball cookies are a welcome addition to any holiday party, and I think they are often the first gift to eat! I love that this recipe is enough to feed a crowd, making it perfect for entertaining. All your guests will ask for the recipe!

More holiday desserts

  • Mint brownies
  • Red velvet cookies
  • Reno Chow
  • Candy cane hearts
  • Buckeye Balls

Snowball Cookies Video

Snowball cookies

These snowball cookies are light, tender cookies studded with nuts and chocolate chips, and then rolled in powdered sugar. A delight to melt in your mouth that's perfect for the holidays!

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 50 minutes

Servings: 48 Calories: 96kcal


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two trays with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
  • Place the butter and granulated sugar in a mixer bowl and beat until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla extract and beat for 30 seconds.
  • Add flour, nuts, and chocolate chips. Mix on low speed until a crumbly dough forms.
  • Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place them 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared trays.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes until lightly browned. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes, then roll them in the icing sugar.
  • Let the cookies cool completely, and then roll them back into powdered sugar. To serve.


Adapted from Land O Lakes.


Calories :: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 16mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 125 IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg

This post was originally published on November 26, 2018 and was updated on November 13, 2019 with new content.


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