How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

So this last week was a WHIRLWIND! We got home on Saturday and we found ourselves thrown right into all that is the busy holiday (and work) season. Photo shoots and deadlines, cookie exchanges, pre-k Christmas parties and a few other commitments that I had forgotten about while sunning myself in Maui!

Ah, ’tis the season! I truly do love the craziness of it, even if it can be overwhelming at times. Once I get my head on straight, and our TREE UP I will be 100% into the Christmas spirit.

One of the cookies I included for the cookie exchange was these chocolate chip snowball cookies. I tested it once before we left for Maui, and they weren’t perfect, so I had to quickly do a couple of other mini batches when we got back to get it just right for Tuesday night! You may have seen the two side-by-side batches on my Insta stories. One batch had too much butter and spread out way more than a snowball should! The other ones stayed in a perfect little mound. I’m learning so much about butter and flour ratios when it comes to cookies! A small change can make a BIG difference!

How do you make snowball cookies?

One of the reasons I chose to do snowballs for the cookie exchange, other than the fact that they’re such a classic holiday cookie, is that you can make them SO QUICKLY! If you have a stand mixer, it’s crazy easy.

Start by mixing the room temperature butter with the powdered sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Add the flour, salt and vanilla extract, and then mix in the chocolate chips.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Do you have to chill the dough for chocolate chip snowball cookies?

No! That being said, since I had the whole butter-spreading issue with one of my batches, I actually ended up measuring and rolling the dough into balls, placing them on the lined baking sheets and then putting the whole baking sheet into the fridge for about 5 minutes before placing it in the oven. This may not be necessary, but I can tell you for certain that it does work! And 5 minutes doesn’t add a whole ton of time to the process.

The dough balls should be about 1 tablespoon each, which is equivalent to a well-rounded small cookie scoop. I use this one.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

The cookies need to bake for 11-12 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom. They will continue to bake a bit after you remove them from the oven, so it’s ok if they look slightly underbaked.

Let the cookies rest for 5 minutes before rolling the cookies in more powdered sugar. This is what gives them the “snowball” effect!

The cookies need to cool completely before you package them.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Can you use freeze snowball cookies?

Snowball cookies freeze very well! You should keep them in even layers in an airtight container, separated by a piece of parchment paper. Thaw the cookies overnight in the fridge, and roll them in a bit of extra powdered sugar to make them look even prettier.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

If you’re visiting this page, you’re probably right in the midst of the holiday baking season.

I’d love to hear what you have lined up! Since I was away for a couple of weeks, I feel like I need to make up for lost time. I’m going to be getting my bake ON this weekend. I want to make my DIY gingerbread house with the kids, and sugar cookies are always a must. They’re the perfect craft for Oscar in the afternoon while the other two are sleeping. What kid doesn’t love decorating cookies!?

Anyway, I hope your weekend is filled with sugar, flour and fun.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

I’ve got a wicked cookie bar roundup on the blog, but if cookie bars aren’t your thing, here are some other holiday treats:

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Yes I’m sure this may seem more like a recipe that’s fit for Christmas time but when you get a strong craving for snowball cookies how do you resist making a batch? Especially when it’s the weekend!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

I’ve already shared recipes for classic Snowball Cookies and Lemon Snowball Cookies so instead of making the ones I’ve already tried I decided to try them with a different flavor by adding chocolate – because we all know you just can’t go wrong with chocolate!

After one bite you’ll be dreaming about these Heavenly Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

These cookies just melt in your mouth and their irresistible, sweet, buttery flavor makes them dangerously addicting! Plus there’s also a delicious addition of almonds – because chocolate and almonds just go together don’t they?

With all this simple goodness you can never stop at just one cookie, trust me I’ve tried and tried. I mean how can you walk away from these things?

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

These cookies are fun to make. I love rolling and re-rolling them in powdered sugar – for double the goodness (plus it helps hide the first sticky layer of melty sugar).

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Just don’t eat these cookies standing and wearing really dark jeans when you eat them because they are guaranteed to make a mess. You should have seen my jeans after I made these and took pictures. It’s just a typical day around here. Who needs aprons :)?

My two favorite cookie recipes are these Spiced Polar Bear Cookies and the classic snowball cookies!

Why Do I Love Snowball Cookies?

Because they’re classic little pieces of holiday history.

My grandmother-in-law would always slip people a small bag of snowball cookies.

When I’d go to a Christmas party, there would always be a platter of snowball cookies.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

It just doesn’t seem like the holidays without these powdery, soft and sweet goodies!

But we wanted to add a dash of more fun to the classic version.

And my favorite way to jazz up desserts is to add chocolate.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Chocolate chips to be exact.

That one little addition takes these classic cookies up a few notches on the “must bake” Christmas cookie list.

Seriously…I don’t have time to make every single Christmas cookie.

But these always make the cut.

Every. Single Year.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

We make them for neighbors, church members and friends.

And everyone loves them!

These dainty cookies are the perfect way to add an extra hug to someone’s day during the holidays.

And that’s exactly why I love the holidays.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

People finally put away their phones and sit down and talk to each other.

They stop everything in their lives and get together with family and friends while they dig into holiday goodies.

Why can’t we do this all year long?

Well, I can’t solve all the world’s problems, so I’ll just try to do my part by delivering homemade cookies!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

After 18 years of marriage, I can probably tell you every single person that ever brought me homemade goodies.

I don’t think I would forget one person that made an extra effort to bring something sweet that was made with their very own hands.

And just to make it easier for you to make a bunch of goodies for your family and friends, we’ve create a CRAZY EASY dessert book that will keep your friends and family super happy!

Because life needs dessert.

And dessert should be completely easy, non stressful, but incredibly yummy!

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How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

I could almost smell the love that was baked into each every treat!

And if someone brought me these gorgeous Christmas cookies, I think I’d have hard time not to grin from ear to ear.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Chocolate Chip Snowballs = Kitchen Fun!

And if you’re looking to add some fun to your kitchen, these chocolate chip snowballs do the trick!

Mention snowballs to your kids and they are bound to crowd in the kitchen during baking time!

Your kids never knew that snowballs tasted soon good, did they?

My hubby is not much of a sweet-eater.

He’s more of a salty, snack guy.

But when these cookies are in the kitchen, he turns into a full-time, chocolate chip snowball cookie snitcher!

In fact, if you make these, make sure you watch your back — wink, wink!

And when you bake these incredibly soft cookies, make sure you don’t forget to hide all the yummy chocolate chips inside!

Go ahead and preheat your oven.

You’ll be soon glad you made these melt-in-your-mouth cookies!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

These dainty, classic cookies have a sweet surprise inside — mini chocolate chips! Try this ahh-mazing, fool-proof recipe that will be the winning cookie at your next party!

Looking for different variations of this cookie? Try out these Peppermint Snowball Cookies or the original version — these Mexican Wedding Cookies next!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

My family is obsessed with Mexican Wedding Cookies or Snowball Cookies (whatever you call them; they go by many names!) But we’re also huge chocolate fans in general–I mean, these Chocolate Muffins or Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies end up being made about weekly at our home! So why not combine the two? These Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious with plenty of silky, gooey chocolate.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Ingredients in these cookies

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are so simple to make and require few ingredients.

  • Butter: Make sure to use real butter, not margarine. Since the base for these cookies is butter, you’ll want to use the best-quality butter possible.
  • Powdered sugar: Half of the powdered sugar is added to the cookie dough and then the cookies are rolled in the remaining powdered sugar.
  • Salt: This helps to balance the sweetness of the cookies.
  • Vanilla: Again, quality vanilla makes a huge difference. The vanilla adds so much flavor to these cookies.
  • Flour: Make sure to spoon and level the flour so you don’t pack in too much!
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch contributes to the melt-in-your-mouth quality these cookies have. It’s my secret ingredient!
  • Pecans: We toast the pecans to add loads of flavor to these cookies. Then, to ensure small and even pieces, I pulse them in a mini food prep food processor.
  • Mini chocolate chips: Regular-sized chocolate chips are too big for these cookies; make sure to get the miniature ones.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

The descriptions below correlate with the pictures in the collage above.

  1. Beat together the room-temperature butter (not warm or melted at all) with the powdered sugar.
  2. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the cornstarch, vanilla extract, salt, and crushed toasted pecans.
  4. Beat together until smooth.
  5. Add in the flour and miniature chocolate chips.
  6. Mix until smooth. It might seem sandy or crumbly at first, but keep mixing until a thick dough forms.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Tips for the best Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

  • Don’t melt or soften the butter; this will cause cookies that spread.
  • Don’t skip the chilling. The butter needs to be 100% cold and firm before going in the oven; otherwise, these cookies will burn and spread! They also taste best after being chilled and allowing a chance for the flavors to deepen and meld together.
  • Use a mini food processor to pulse the pecans to evenly disperse pecan bits throughout the cookie. Watch carefully when pulsing, the pecans can go from perfect small pieces to pecan butter!
  • Use a Silpat liner for these cookies; otherwise, they’ll spread too much or get overly browned bottoms. Silpat liners were superior to parchment paper in testing. Do not grease the sheet pan!
  • Double dip your cookies in powdered sugar. Once the cookies have slightly cooled (but are still warm), cover them in one coat of powdered sugar. Let the cookies cool a bit longer and then dip them again for another coat. This double-dipping ensures thoroughly powder-coated cookies which not only look more beautiful but also taste the best!

Freezing Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

These cookies freeze really well; either as unbaked dough or baked cookies. I recommend freezing the unbaked dough (as opposed to the baked cookies).

  • UNBAKED dough: Shape the dough into balls, freeze on a baking sheet in a single layer, then transfer to airtight freezer bags for longer storage. Defrost overnight in the fridge and bake as directed in the recipe. (You may need to add another minute or two to the baking time.)
  • BAKED cookies: To freeze the baked cookies, roll them in powdered sugar while slightly warm, cool completely, and freeze on a baking sheet. Once the cookies are frozen solid, transfer them to airtight freezer bags; label and date. Thaw at room temperature for 1-2 hours and then roll them in powdered sugar a second time.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

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How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

2. Beat butter in mixing bowl on medium speed for 30 seconds or use a wooden spoon.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

3. Add sugar and mix well.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

4. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla and almond extracts.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

5. In a separate bowl mix flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

6. Shape dough into 1-inch (3 cm) balls and place balls on cookie sheet.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

7. Bake for 15 – 17 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Remove cookies and cool slightly.

8. In a small bowl, gently shake a few warm cookies at a time in Redpath Icing Sugar. Cool completely. Sift additional icing sugar on top of cookies.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Makes about 2 dozen (more or less depending on how big or small you make them).

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Here is the first new cookie recipe in my Christmas Cookie Tray Series – Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies! Yesterday I talked about how to make the best Christmas cookie tray.

When I think of cookie trays, I always think of snowball cookies – little cookies with a melt in your mouth texture covered in powdered sugar. They also go by the name of wedding cookies, but snowballs are more fitting thanks to the powdered sugar.

I already have several variations – lemon snowballs and cherry coconut snowballs. I wanted to do a more traditional flavor but then added mini chocolate chips because everything is better when chocolate chips are involved.

Most snowball cookie recipes make about 2 dozen or more. Mine is scaled down to make about 15 1-inch balls. They may seem small on their own, but they are the perfect size to squeeze onto a cookie tray (or into your stomach when you just want “one more bite”).

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

The best part about cookie season is giving them away. Ok fine eating them too, but I love seeing the positive reactions when I give away a box. That’s why I’m teaming up with Bob’s Red Mill who is all about spreading the love 1 dozen cookies at a time using their premium flour milled from the highest quality wheat.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

I gave away a lot of homemade cookies throughout college, mainly because I couldn’t afford to buy gifts for everyone I encountered. Plus they’re much more personal than obvious cheap stuff you bought from the dollar store. Nothing says I love you like a generic dollar store mug, right?

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Not able to see everyone you love this year? Luckily cookies are easy to mail! You can read my 8 tips for shipping cookies then apply them to these snowballs.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

To give the snowballs a more festive look, I used mini cupcake liners printed with snowflakes. Not only does this help contain the powdered sugar, they look better for presentation.

These melt in your mouth Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are a fun twist on a Christmas time classic! These allergy-friendly, nut-free cookies are studded with mini chocolate chips and are so easy to make too!

Snowball cookies are a wintertime classic and while I am a big fan of the classic version, this chocolate chip version is by far my favourite!

I mean, chocolate. Need I say more?

If you haven’t tried Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies, prepare to have your taste buds dance in pure joy! These cookies have everything you are looking for in a cookie- sweet, chocolatey goodness all rolled up into a tender, melt-in-your-mouth bite.

I especially love these cookies because they are nut-free! Since I have a sensitivity to most nuts and try to limit my intake, I love that I can eat these without worrying about it. This snowball cookie recipe is definitely one to keep on hand when you are looking for an allergy-friendly cookie to bake around the holidays.

Snowball cookies are popular around the world and often go by a number of names including Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies and Kourabiedes (Greek Butter Cookies). My Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookie recipe is actually based on my mom’s recipe for Kourabiedes.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

What ingredients are in a chocolate chip snowball cookie?

  • Butter: softened. Adds a wonderful buttery flavour.

How do you make snowball cookies?

This recipe for Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies requires only a handful of simple steps:

  • Cream the butter and vegetable shortening together: this provides a nice, fluffy base for these tender cookies.
  • Add the wet ingredients: eggs, vanilla, and brandy (if using) get blended in.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients: flour, icing sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips
  • Powder them: after cooling the cookies, sift powdered sugar over top

Storing Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

These cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. You can also freeze snowball cookies and thaw them when you are ready to enjoy them.

We’ve officially made it to Week 5 and the final week of Cara’s Christmas Cookie Countdown. Can you believe Christmas is next week?!

For today’s Christmas cookie recipe, I’m sharing one of the best holiday cookies ever – Easy Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies (No Nuts).

If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying a Snowball Cookie, you’re gonna want to stop what you’re doing, grab all the ingredients, and make these Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies ASAP.

These Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are a delicious, sweet, and buttery cookie that literally melts in your mouth.

These snowball cookies are also nut free and egg free (great for people with food allergies) and super easy to make!

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Easy Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

These Easy Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies without nuts will quickly become one of your favorite Christmas cookies.

They’re just so delicious with the powdered sugar and the fact that they look like little snowballs makes me love them even more.

These snowball cookies can easily be made in under 30 minutes time, making them a great cookie choice for the busy holiday season.

Plus they taste incredible and literally melt in your mouth!


What are Snowball Cookies?

Snowball Cookies are buttery, shortbread cookies that are rolled in powdered sugar to resemble snowballs.

Other Snowball cookies names that you might have heard before include:

  • Russian Tea Cakes
  • Wedding Cookies
  • Butter Ball Cookies

Snowball Cookies No Nuts

Although many traditional recipes often included chopped nuts in them, I chose to omit nuts for this snowball cookie recipe because so many people have nut allergies.

Also my husband hates nuts and I personally think the mini chocolate chips taste heavenly in this cookie.

What are Snowball Cookies made of?

These Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are made with just a few, simple ingredients including:

  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Mini Chocolate Chips

Do You Have to Chill The Cookie Dough for Snowball Cookies?

The great thing about these chocolate chip snowball cookies is you don’t technically have to chill your cookie dough, but I personally recommend it.

Because these cookies are made differently without eggs, baking soda, and baking powder they don’t spread when you bake them – even with butter in them.

That said, I recommend rolling out your cookie dough balls, placing on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and refrigerating for 5-10 minutes before baking.

This helps ensure the cookies stay in a nice, puffy snowball shape when baking them.

How Do I Coat/Decorate My Snowball Cookies?

Coating these chocolate chip snowball cookies couldn’t be more simple and I personally use the bowl method.

Fill a shallow bowl with powdered sugar and while the cookies are still slightly warm from baking, roll each cookie dough ball in powdered sugar, coating each side well.

You can also roll it again in the powdered sugar after the cookies have cooled, which really gives it a pretty, snowball look.

Alternatively, if you want a more “dusted” look you can use a sifter and sift powdered sugar on the tops of your cookies. This is also pretty and a way to make these cookies with a little less sugar.

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies FAQ’s/Troubleshooting

Why are my snowball cookies dry or crumbly?

If your dough is dry/crumbly most likely you added too much flour, powdered sugar, or didn’t mix the dough long enough.

Make sure you don’t pack your flour and powdered sugar when measuring it out, and continue mixing until a thick cookie dough is formed.

Also because this cookie dough doesn’t have any leavening and binder ingredients, it does take a few minutes to come together.

That’s why I recommend using a stand mixer for easy mixing.

Dry/crumbly dough can also happen sometimes due to the weather or humidity.

Tip: If after following the steps above your dough is still dry and crumbly, add water to your batter 1 tsp at a time, mixing with a spoon or your hands until the dough is a good consistency.

My snowball cookies spread – what went wrong?

If your snowball cookies spread after baking it’s likely because you didn’t use real butter or your butter was too soft/melted.

For this recipe I don’t recommend using margarine, only real butter.

If your cookie dough is a bit soft after mixing it together, place in the refrigerator for 5-30 minutes until the cookie balls are nice and chilled.

Chilling the dough will help ensure the cookies don’t spread when baking and they will bake uniformly.

The powdered sugar dissolved on my snowball cookies, what went wrong?

If the powdered sugar dissolved – you rolled your cookies in the powdered sugar too soon.

Let your cookies cool for 5-10 minutes or until they are warm to the touch and can be easily handled.

You can also roll your cookies twice, if you really want to give your cookies double the snowball appearance. ?

Can I Freeze Snowball Cookies?

Yes! These chocolate chip snowball cookies freeze great and can be frozen for up to 1 month.

When freezing these cookies you can freeze them 2 different ways.

  1. Freeze cookies without powdered sugar, and then sugar them when you thaw them out
  2. Freeze coated cookies and once thawed, add a little additional powdered sugar on top

More Snowball Cookie Recipe Ideas – Variations

Can I add nuts to snowball cookies? – Yes! If you prefer the nutty, traditional snowball cookies, simply add in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans.

Can I add sprinkles to snowball cookies? Yes! If you’re making these snowball cookies with your kids or for a fun Christmas party, feel free to add in 1/4 cup of your favorite festive-colored sprinkles to add some color. These would also be fun with confetti sprinkles for a birthday party.

Can I switch the chocolate chips with something else? Yes! Feel free to use your favorite chocolate chips. I think caramel chips would be yummy!

How do you make Peppermint Snowball Cookies even better? Add chocolate chips, that’s how! Because chocolate makes great things even oh-so-much better.

Last week I shared our fabulously festive Peppermint Snowball Cookies recipe. And I just couldn’t help but think those tasty little beauties would be even more fabulous with chocolate chips added in.

So my 9-year-old daughter and I decided to whip up another batch to give the chocolate-peppermint combination a try. We took out the standard chopped pecans used in our plain peppermint version, and replaced the pecans with mini chocolate chips instead. As is probably already obvious, we loved the new creation!

And that, my friends, is how these super tasty chocolate-studded Peppermint Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies came to be.

They’re packed with wonderful peppermint flavor from peppermint extract in the cookie itself, and from finely crushed candy canes mixed in with their confectioners’ sugar coating. It’s a double pop of peppermint that delivers up fabulously fun flavor, especially when combined with the touch of chocolate from the chocolate chips.

These cute little snowball bites, also called Mexican Wedding Cookies and Russian Tea Cakes, pop up everywhere during the holidays. And with such a tasty flavor combination, this Peppermint Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookie version would be a wonderfully welcome addition to any Christmas cookie exchange or Christmas day cookie tray.

You make these Peppermint Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies in just the same way as traditional snowball cookies. Just mix up a simple dough with butter, confectioners’ sugar, and all-purpose flour — omitting the usual chopped pecans and replacing them with mini chocolate chips instead.

Add in peppermint extract for flavor, and red food coloring to create the cookies’ bright pink pepperminty hue.

Then form the dough into small cookie balls, bake them up, and roll the baked cookies in confectioners’ sugar.

I also mixed some finely crushed candy canes in with the powdered sugar coating. Just mix the crushed candy canes right in with the confectioners’ sugar to be used for rolling, and then roll the cookies as usual. The candy cane pieces will adhere to the cookies right along with the powdered sugar.

To get a nice, even, thick white coating of powdered sugar on the finished cookies, roll the cookies in sugar twice.

Do the first sugar rolling while the cookies are hot. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them stand on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes to cool them just enough to handle. Then, handling them very gently, roll the hot cookies in confectioners’ sugar.

Since the cookies are hot, some of the sugar will almost melt into the cookies. After that first rolling, the cookies will look about like this:

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

‘Tis the season for all the cookies, including these Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies! Guys, these are the easiest cookie to make! You don’t even need eggs. And how fun that they look like they’re covered in snow. They’re perfect for winter time and all your holiday parties.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

What are Snowball Cookies?

These cookies are also known Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Teacakes. I guess they serve them at Mexican weddings and tea time in Russia? I don’t know. They are definitely worthy and delicious enough to be served then though. I’m not quite sure if it was the Russians who shared it with the Mexicans or the Mexican who passed it to the Russians. All that matters is that these little cookies are so easy and so yummy.

The traditional version has only pecans mixed in but I’m a chocoholic so the addition of mini chocolate chips was a definite must. The only other ingredients required are butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and flour. That’s it! Kind of weird it has no eggs or leaving agents but that’s okay with me! Since I’m pregnant and not supposed to eat things with raw eggs it’s the perfect dough for eating and man I have missed eating cookie dough.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make Snowball Cookies:

Like with any cookie, you need to start out with softened butter. The best way to get the proper temperature butter is to just leave it on the counter for 20-30 minutes. Any longer and it will be too soft. You can do it in the microwave but I find that that method usually leads to making it too soft unless you keep a really close eye.

You’ll beat your butter with an electric mixture until creamy and then add in the sugar, salt, and vanilla. Unlike your typical chocolate chip cookie, this recipe uses powdered sugar, not granulated. It also doesn’t have that much sugar in the dough. This is because you’ll be rolling the cookie in powdered sugar when done and that balances the sweetness perfectly.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Next, mix in the flour and the pecans. If you want to go nut free you can definitely leave them out but the nutty flavor is really yummy. The last step is to fold in the chocolate chips.

To portion out the dough I used a small cookie scoop that is 2 teaspoons and scooped out a heaping scoop. Roll the dough into a ball and place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. These cookies have so much butter that you don’t really need baking mats or need to grease the pan.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How long to bake Snowball Cookies?

As with any cookies, you don’t want to over bake them. These cookies take only 8-10 minutes. Once you see the bottom edges start to change in color it’s time to take them out. You’ll then immediately dust them with powdered sugar and let them sit on the pan for 5 minutes before removing and letting cool on a cooling rack.

The powdered sugar seeps into the warm cookie so once the cookies have cooled completely, roll them in powdered again. This gives them the classic “snowball” look and add just enough sweetness.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies



Half-Sheet Pan – I LOVE these pans. I’ve had the same 4 pans since I got married (8 years ago) and they are in great condition. I use them all the time for cakes, cookies, roasting vegetables, baking chicken…

Baking & Cooling Rack – Oven & dishwasher safe. I use this to cook all kinds of meat and anything you want crispy. Also great for cooling cookies.

Non-Stick Baking Mats– This cookie is so buttery you don’t need to grease a pan or really use baking mats but I like how cookies bake up on them.

What does your family call these delicious little balls of powdered sugar yumminess? Snowball cookies? Mexican Wedding Cookies? Russian Tea Cakes? Or maybe you were like my family… We called them white mice and rolled them into adorable little mouse shapes. But there is one thing we didn’t do when I was little and that was add chocolate chips to them. And that was a definite miss. So today, I’m sharing these deliciously snowy Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookie Ingredients

You probably have most of the ingredients you need for these cookies in the cabinet. Or maybe it’s just me who stocks chocolate chips, just in case 🙂 You can include the nuts if you want or leave them out and add a few more chocolate chips. It’s also fun to experiment with these… I’m thinking mini M&M’s would be delicious, too.

These cookies are simple, so I always try to use the best and freshest ingredients. Especially the powdered sugar, because it plays a big roll in these cookies. You use it instead of granulated sugar in the cookie and for rolling. Have you ever noticed how powdered aka confectioner’s sugar can get a stale, metallic taste if it’s been stored a little too long? Give your sugar a taste and if it tastes stale, definitely open up a fresh bag for these cookies.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Mixing and Baking the Snowball Cookies

The recipe is a simple cream your butter and sugar and then add in your dry ingredients type recipe. It’s perfect for baking with kids!! My daughter can whip up a batch of these all on her own these days…

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

I scoop the cookie dough onto the pan with my little scooper to make the size uniform. But then I give them a little roll with my hands to make sure they’re round. They make way cuter snowballs this way.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Then line them up on the pan… They don’t spread much so you get lots on the pan. Perfect for when you’re baking for a crowd or gifts.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

After you bake them, you roll the cookie balls in the powdered sugar. And you think, wow, those don’t look very snowy! Don’t worry, do one more roll in the powdered sugar after they cool, and…

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

You get these gorgeous snowballs.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Here’s a quick video to show you how I make these cookies.

I literally can’t stop eating them. It’s kind of like donut holes. They’re little, round, covered in powdered sugar, and about 10 are worth one donut, right? These cookies melt in your mouth!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

More Cookies from Around the World

We baked these cookies as part of our global baking journey for the STEAM Explorers Travel Issue. First stop was Sweden for Pepparkakor, then Italy for Chocolate Chip Biscotti, and finally to Argentina for Alfajores. Stay tuned for all our cookie recipes from around the world, or check out some of our other recipes from Cookie Brain.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Need a foolproof frosted cookie recipe for baking with kids? Here’s my favorite: Sugar Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing. They’re sturdy for little hands and so unbelievably delicious.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How about a unique take on crinkle cookies with these Snowy Orange Creamsicle Crinkle Cookies? They’re super pretty in a holiday cookie basket and fun for summer days, too.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

These Gummy Bear Heart Cookies make a great combo with pepparkakor hearts! Perfect for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, too.

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies – filled with melting chocolate chips and festive sprinkles, these sugar dusted cookies are a favorite holiday cookie recipe.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

These Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are just like the classic, with a twist. They’re loaded with mini-chocolate chip morsels and sprinkles for a bite of holiday delicious in every bite!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to Make Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

These cookies are probably not a classic (and a favorite) by chance. Who could resist a cookie recipe that’s just mix, roll and bake, with such yummy results!

Tips For Making the Best Holiday Cookies

The best tip for making any baking recipe is to measure your ingredients as accurately as possible, and making sure your ingredients are at the right temperature for blending. Baking is really just the science of how measured, blended ingredients respond to heat, so accuracy matters…a lot!

  1. Use a spoon, not the measuring cup, to over-fill powdered or ground ingredients into your measuring cup, then use a knife to scrape the excess off the top. Spoon filling helps to keep dry ingredients from compacting in the measuring cup. This method works well for powdered sugar, baking powder, soda and ground spices, too.
  2. Make sure to use softened butter and room temperature eggs. If you forget to take them out, here are shortcuts for warming butter and eggs to save you some time.
  • Warm the butter, in it’s wrapper, in the microwave. Microwave on High for 5 second intervals, turning the butter over each time. No microwave? First, cut the cold butter into cubes. That’ll give it more surface area to warm. Get out a large mug and a paper towel. Pile up the butter so it will fit under the mug, or do this method in batches. Run water until it is very hot. Fill the mug with the hot water and wait for the outside of the mug to feel warm. Then quickly dump out the water, wipe it dry with the paper towel and sit it upside down over the butter. The heat will transfer from the mug to the butter and gently soften it.
  • To warm eggs to room temperature, fill a bowl with warm (not hot) tap water and place the eggs in the bowl. Let the eggs sit in the bowl for 4 – 5 minutes until the egg shell is no longer cool to the touch.

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How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Making the dough is a breeze. You just cream the sugar and butter, add in dry ingredients then fold in chocolate chips and sprinkles. After baking is the fun part…rolling in powdered sugar and eating! Let the kids help…even my grandson who’s 3, loved rolling the cooled cookies in powdered sugar for the second go-round!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

You could use a dough scoop, but the kids like to roll about a 1-1/2 tablespoons of dough into balls with their hands to make these.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

The cookies don’t spread out very much when they bake, so you should be able to fit about 18 on a half-sheet pan.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

I honestly don’t know what took me so long to make a chocolate version.

The soft and melty chocolate cookies are quick to prepare, and they taste impossible-to-stop-eating good.

Someone, please take the tray away from me, before I eat them all.

You may also like: Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

The recipe is based on a classic Christmas cookie, and unlike with many of the other desserts on my blog, I didn’t cut back on the fat or sugar (although they’re still only 63 calories, with just 2 grams of sugar per cookie).

The cookies can be healthier if you use one of the whole grain flour options or if you use sugar free powdered sugar.

(For refined-sugar-free powdered sugar, simply blend your favorite granulated natural sugar–such as date sugar, coconut sugar, or evaporated cane juice–until it resembles powdered sugar.)

Or for a healthy chocolate ball recipe, try these date-sweetened Fudge Babies.

The recipe can be vegan if you use a nondairy butter or the coconut oil option. They are already naturally egg-free, no substitutions required.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

For Peppermint Chocolate Snowball Cookies:

Add a few drops of pure peppermint extract (not mint extract or imitation peppermint) before stirring all of the ingredients together.

For Chocolate Orange Snowball Cookies:

Add 1 1/2 tsp orange zest to the dough before mixing. To make orange zest, either use a zester or peel off pieces with a vegetable peeler and then chop finely into zest.

Other Variations:

Try adding a little coconut extract, almond extract, instant coffee, or pure vanilla extract. Just remember that extracts are strong, so a little goes a long way. I haven’t tried replacing the oil with peanut butter in the recipe but would love to know if anyone does!

Also try this Brownie In A Mug

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Just as with my non-chocolate snowball cookies, the dough can be made a few days in advance, covered, and refrigerated.

Or if you’d prefer, you can roll the cookie dough into balls and then freeze them to bake any time you’re expecting guests or craving chocolate cookies.

Once baked, the snowball chocolate cookies can be stored the same way as other traditional holiday or Christmas cookies, on the counter in an airtight container with parchment between each layer of cookies.

Above, watch the video of how to make chocolate snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Okay, I know most of y’all are all amped up about turkey right now, and cookies aren’t a priority. But I’m sure by the weekend your priorities will shift. So I’m sharing these now, before I dash of to New York City for the weekend (. ) to take in the Thanksgiving day parade, followed by Black Friday.

I realize that I have demonstrated difficulty handling store lineups, and big crowds make me want to rock in the fetal position with crazy eyes, humming loudly to myself. But Black Friday in NYC still seems like a good idea to me…

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

These cookies totally rocked my socks. They are fudgy and chewy and not tooth-achingly sweet. And they are almost too pretty to eat with the crackled snowy tops. Almost is the operative word here, you will eat them.

A few tips for perfect chocolate snowballs:

1. CHILL the dough. I know, patience and chocolate do not belong in the same sentence. But you have to control yourself here. Unless you want runny dough and flat cookies.

2. Roll the cookies really well in confectioners’ sugar. When you think you’ve got enough on there, roll ’em one more time. You’ll get that gorgeous white-on-black contrast in the finished cookie.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

3. Take them out of the oven when they are still slightly underdone to make sure you get that chewy-fudgy characteristic that makes these babies blissful.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

If I survive the shopping madness, I promise more cookies next week! Happy Thanksgiving, to all my American friends and readers!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies come together in a snap and are crazy addictive! Perfect for gift giving around the holidays.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are a real favorite around our house during Christmas time! I mean, chocolate chip cookies are always a staple in our cookie jar year round, so it’s nice to change things up during the holidays with a twist on our family favorite. Rich peanut butter, mini chocolate morsels and sweet powdered sugar combine pretty much all my favorite foods into one simple to make, delicious cookie that looks so pretty on a holiday goodie plate.

What are your favorite cookies to bake around the holidays? I’ll share some of my most treasured recipes below, but I would love to hear your ideas! Please leave me a comment and let’s cookie swap!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies


You’ll notice in the recipe card below, there are no eggs in this snowball cookie recipe. Don’t panic, it’s not a typo. The truth is, you don’t necessarily need eggs in cookies. Eggs are a source of moisture and protein in cookie dough. The liquid in the eggs are what gives the dough structure by bonding with the starch and protein found in the flour. It’s that bonding that helps make cookies nice and chewy after they’re baked. You can use a number of substitutions for eggs in various recipes: applesauce, mashed bananas, extra oil, etc. However for these snowball cookies, the creamy peanut butter helps add moisture, protein and bulk. You’ll never miss the eggs!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies


  • Choose your favorite creamy peanut butter. I haven’t tried this recipe with crunchy peanut butter but I think it would taste delicious! If you try them, let me know how they turn out! As we talked about above, the creamy peanut butter helps bond the ingredients together to give the cookies structure, not to mention unbelievably yummy flavor!
  • Make sure your butter is room temperature. This is a super important step. If the butter is too melted, the snowball cookies won’t form up as well. Too cold and it won’t blend nicely with the other ingredients. You want your butter soft enough that you can make a dent in it with your finger. I usually just throw my butter cubes on the counter about an hour before I’m ready to start making the cookies, and it softens up perfectly. If your kitchen is really hot, only leave it out for half an hour or so.
  • Use mini chocolate chips. I find that the regular size chocolate chips are just too big for these cute little cookies. The mini version blends in nicely with the other ingredients, and you’ll still get plenty of chocolaty goodness in every single bite.
  • Scoop your flour into a measuring cup with a spoon and then level off. Do not scoop directly into the measuring cup from the flour container or you can end up with too much flour and the dough will be too crumbly.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies


  • If you’re baking multiple batches of these snowball cookies (which I totally do because these don’t last long in our house) make sure the cookie sheets have time to cool off before you add another batch of dough. If the sheet is too hot, it’ll throw off the baking process and you could end up with overdone cookies on the bottom or they won’t maintain their shape.
  • Don’t over bake these babies! You’ll want to take them out of the oven just when the edges are just starting to brown up, usually about 18 minutes.
  • One they’ve cooled on a cookie rack for about five minutes, roll the cookies in powdered sugar. Then let them cool completely, and roll in powdered sugar again. Make sure these sweet little cookies are nicely coated.
  • Store these snowball cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week. They freeze beautifully, too! I like to make a double batch, then freeze and use them for gift giving during the holidays. They’re always a huge hit!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies


I love holiday baking, but importantly, holiday eating! Try some of my favorite cookie recipes here, and please share some of yours below!

Enjoy this family favorite recipe, friends! I can’t wait to hear what you think of them. Please drop me a comment below if you wish, and happy holiday baking!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

It’s beginning to look A LOT like Christmas! Are you singing along with me? This is truly one of my favorite times of the year and I’ve been baking and decorating nonstop for the past couple weeks. I have to spread it out a bit so I don’t get my “tinsel in a tangle.” I hope you’ve been blaring the Christmas music and getting ready for this special time as well!

Today I’m sharing some yummy Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies. They’re filled with little bursts of chocolate, dusted with powdered sugar and they literally melt in your mouth! They’re so simple and come together in no time at all. Absolutely delicious and so festive for this time of year!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

I was so excited to participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year and made them for this special occasion. Take a minute to check out what the Cookie Swap is all about and read about the great cause we’re all supporting by participating in this wonderful event. Baking to help make a difference? Yep, I’m in!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

If you haven’t already done all of your holiday baking, you’ll need to check out the big round-up posts of all of the bloggers’ cookie recipes from the event. We had so many bloggers participate that they had to split it into two posts! Here’s the 1st one – and here’s the second! Happy Holidays everyone!

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Melt-in-your-mouth cookies dusted with powdered sugar and filled with little bursts of chocolate!

Pecan snowball cookies are the classic shortbread Christmas cookies you remember from your childhood. Add nuts or chocolate chips for a yummy treat.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

I remember pecan snowball cookies at my grandparents house each year. Reminding me of a shortbread cookie but packed with chocolate chips or crushed nuts, they were my favorite quick easy dessert recipes. (affiliate links present)

  • Have you tried this version of homemade shortbread cookies yet?? Or maybe you’re looking for a new and easy Christmas cookie to bake this year. This might be the one!

Do you do a lot of baking simple chocolate chip cookies and other goodies during the holidays?

It’s one thing I’ve tried to incorporate with my girls because it is part of my childhood memories growing up. These and our lebkuchen cookies are a must every year.

How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

Ingredients you will need:

  1. Room temperature butter
  2. Flour and pecans
    1. buy an extra bag to make our pecan shortbread bars too
    • Chopped pecans or use nuts of your choice
    • Finely chopped almonds would work
    • Chocolate chips

    Remember to measure flour properly so they don’t come out dense.

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    Here are a few questions you might have as you go along:

    It will keep them from spreading out so much. To get that thick dense shortbread like consistency it is best to use confectioners sugar instead.

    Why do my snowball cookies go flat?

    You either didn’t use powdered sugar, or refrigerate them before baking. Both keep them from spreading out like traditional cookies.

    That is really it! They are very simple with only a few items needed which I love. The texture is dense like a shortbread cookie, buttery like those too.

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    You just need a bowl and spoon to mix the butter and sugar ingredients. You can use a mixer to cream them together too.

    • Your hands come in handy after that to shape them.
    • I suppose you could need a food processor to chop the nuts but I typically buy them already crushed. At the end you’ll just need to ensure that all the flour is mixed in well.
    • Roll them into small balls and place them on a baking sheet. Mine are already non stick so no spray is needed. These won’t spread much at all so you can really load up your tray.
    • If you really don’t want them to spread at all put your dough into the fridge for an hour first.

    Just 10 minutes of baking is all you need. You just want a very light brown on the top, then remove from oven.

    Wait until they’re cooled completely on your cookie sheet or cooling rack (at least 15 minutes). Sprinkle or roll in powdered sugar so they look more like snowballs. Then enjoy.

    They’re a melt in your mouth flaky consistency and 1 with a cup of coffee is perfect.

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    I’ve heard others call these Russian tea cakes Mexican style too. I suppose you could call them what you like but during my Merry Christmas days they were snowballs.

    Start to finish they’re done in about 30 minutes which is great. Then you can move on to other cookies you might want to try.

    My memories are of baking a ton of varieties, filling tins with all of them, and sharing them with relatives and neighbors.

    • Try them and let us know what you think of them below in the comments!

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    Looking for other easy cookie recipes?

      are great during the holidays too
    • Our Christmas tree sugar cookies are super simple but delicious
    • You can make a chocolate chip cookie in a mug this year or try our Grandmas fruitcake recipe here. and our peanut butter oatmeal cookies are fun

    Our cake mix crinkle cookies are so fun to make with your kids

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    Below is the recipe for tea cakes Mexican wedding (another name for them) is below along with the nutritional facts.

    Here’s a quick step by step but there’s a printable recipe card below too.

    Time needed: 10 minutes.

    Pecan Snowball Cookies


    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In one bowl beat your butter, sugar, vanilla and salt together until creamy.

    Gradually add in the flour until it is well incorporated. Then gently fold in your added ingredients like crushed nuts and/or chocolate chips.

    On a cookie sheet put balls that are about 1-1.5″ size, about the size of a golf ball. Leave some space in between them.

    Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are set and very lightly browned on the top. Remove and sift powdered sugar over them when they’re still warm.

    Leave on cookie sheet until cool, then remove and sprinkle more powdered sugar on top.

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    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    Note: This recipe is NOT dairy free. It was published before Cook Nourish Bliss transitioned to dairy free recipes and remains popular with long time readers. You can try using substitutions to make it dairy free, however I have not tested this myself and can’t say how it will turn out. Or, you can try these vegan snowball cookies instead!

    Snowball cookies are an essential part of Christmas for me. I know they have various other names, but to me they will always be snowballs.

    You see, my grandma made them every single year for as long as I can remember when I was growing up. She typically used a little food coloring to tint some of them red and green.

    I always insisted that the red ones tasted best. Obviously. It makes me laugh to think about some of the silly things I did when I was a kid.

    I also vaguely remember refusing to eat the white ones since they were not as festive. Oh my, I’m sure I was a pain.

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    I’ve tested out several recipes over the years to find the one that is closest to what I remember from my grandma’s version.

    And this, my friends, is it.

    I added some mini chocolate chips to the batter, because chocolate clearly makes everything better, but otherwise these are so close to the ones I remember.

    They have that perfect melt-in-your mouth quality, a little crunch from the walnuts and just the right amount of sweetness from the roll in confectioners’ sugar and mini chocolate chips.

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

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    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are tender, melt-in-your-mouth gems studded with miniature chocolate chips and topped with powdered sugar.

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    I’m going to make a bold statement and say these chocolate chip snowballs are my new favorite Christmas cookie. I love all Christmas cookies and I’ve created lots of delicious new recipes this year that I’m excited to share. But, these are special. The melt-in-your-mouth texture keeps drawing me back for more. And they’re really just a two-bite cookie, so having 3 or 4 . or 5 at a time is totally acceptable in my opinion.

    What is a snowball cookie?

    A traditional snowball cookie starts with a buttery dough filled with finely chopped pecans. They are rolled in powdered sugar as soon as they come out of the oven and then again, once cool. This ensures an extra powdery sugar coating on each cookie.

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    My chocolate chip version uses miniature chocolate chips in place of the pecans. And, everything is better with chocolate! These cookies also have cornstarch in place of some of the flour. The cornstarch gives the cookies a very tender and delicate texture. These cookies practically melt in your mouth, which makes these cookies so addictive. I can’t eat just one!

    Tips for making chocolate chip snowball cookies

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    • Chill the dough – chilling this dough helps the cookies keep their ball shape when baked. TIP: During the holidays (especially), I like to make several cookie doughs one day and refrigerate overnight. Then the next day, bake the cookies. It’s an efficient way to bake several batches of cookies.
    • Sift the powdered sugar – the cornstarch in these cookies makes them very delicate, especially when they just come out of the oven. So, instead of rolling the cookies in powdered sugar, I recommend using a small strainer to sift powdered sugar over the cookies. Once, when they are hot right out of the oven and again once they’ve cooled. I like to sift a very generous layer of powdered sugar on these cookies.
    • Don’t overbake – bake the cookies until just set. Overbaking will dry out the cookie and they will not have the melt-in-your-mouth texture that makes these cookies so delicious.
    • Make a double batch – These cookies disappear quickly and you will be happy you have extras on hand!

    How to make chocolate chip snowball cookies

    Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are a new family favorite in my house and I’m sure they will be in yours too! I hope you try this recipe.