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Cherry Snowballs Recipe

Cherry Snowballs Recipe

A juicy maraschino cherry is the pleasant surprise tucked inside these unique cookies. My mother clipped this recipe out of the newspaper more than 30 years ago.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:18 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 36 maraschino cherries, well drained
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups flaked coconut, finely chopped


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in water and vanilla. Combine flour, oats and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Shape a tablespoonful of dough around each cherry, forming a ball. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve smooth dipping consistency. Dip cookies, then roll in coconut. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 296 calories, 14 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 198 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Cherry Snowballs

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Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"These are always on my family's holiday cookie tray, but we omit the oatmeal and use extra flour. We prefer the texture without the oats. Another fun addition is to use green maraschino cherries in half of the cookies to create a surprise center."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"These are delicious & pretty. I use cherry juice instead of milk for the glaze so it's pink & only dip the top of the cookies so they don't get too messy & are more easily stored."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"Easy to make & not too sweet. This recipe is a Christmas baking keeper."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"Made these for the second year in a row for a Christmas Open House at my job. A big hit. Takes time to make but worth it in the end."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"Very easy to make. Very tasty too. A real treat for the holidays and the winter season too."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2009

"These were a tasty addition to my Christmas cookie tray last year, and a popular treat at my daughter's classroom Winter party. They're a bit dry when first made, so I recommend preparing them a day or two in advance which will lead to a moister, more tender (and less crumbly) cookie."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008

"I love anything with maraschino cherries. How do you store these cookies? Room temperature or refrigerate?"

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