Cherry Snowball Cookies Recipe
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Cherry Snowball Cookies Recipe

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"These simple cookies have a delicate buttery flavor complemented by the cherry surprise in the center," notes Joy Schuster of Glentana, Montana. "They've become a holiday favorite for my family."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) maraschino cherries without stems, drained and halved
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 99 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; gradually add flour and mix well.
  2. Shape a tablespoonful of dough around each cherry, forming a ball. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 325° for 18-20 minutes or until the bottoms are browned. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Cherry Snowballs in Taste of Home December/January 2005, p7

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"These were so great my family loves them in wants to know when I'm making the next batch!"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"These cookies are easy & taste wonderful. I do add a few drops of red food coloring to the dough to tint it pink."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"Tastes almost exactly like a spritz cookie."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"Really great shortbread based cookie! One of my faves at Christmas! Make sure to roll in extra powder sugar once they're cooled, otherwise they're really not sweet enough.

Every one loves the cherry surprise in the middle!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"these are great with a great surprised in the middle.. they were really easy to make.They look pretty too."

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