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, 0 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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_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 258136
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2016

"These are really good cookies and I like to put them on trays that I give at Christmas.

They are enjoyed by all."

LouiseWebb User ID: 8065401 214161
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

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

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 148255
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."

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 64583
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"Tastes almost exactly like a spritz cookie."

ajkoch User ID: 6001834 99168
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!"

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 67309
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

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

carly17 User ID: 3694895 153423
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"These cookies were very easy to make and tasted great. I am going to try the chocolate chip idea, that sounds yummy also.Thanks for all the great ideas."

wrobelrm User ID: 1520598 80008
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I've made this recipe for Christmas for years now and they always come out great and just melt in your mouth. My kids love to help with these cookies! The dough is super easy to work with and the cookies come out just as great without the cherry in the middle or with a chocolate chip instead."

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