Chocolate Snowballs Recipe
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Chocolate Snowballs Recipe

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This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. The cookies remind me of the snowballs I'd pack as a child during winters here in Wisconsin. —Dee Derezinski, Waukesha, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) chocolate chips
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 92 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.
  2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 15-20 minutes or until set and bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on pans 2 minutes.
  3. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Cool completely on wire racks. If desired, reroll cookies in confectioners' sugar. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Snowballs in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p57

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Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"Family loved this recipe!"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

"I ran the chocolate chips & nuts (used walnuts) through the blender to finely chop before adding them to the dough. Mine were done baking in <12 min. I used 2 c flour & had no problems. Snowball cookies are supposed to be a bit on the dry/powdery side. Excellent recipe! Thanks!

bce1965, you can use either, but I prefer semi-sweet to help counter the sweetness of the cookie dough."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"Do you use milk chocolate chips or semi sweet chips. Thank you!"

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"These came out great! I saw after the fact that some reviewers decreased the flour, but mine came out just fine with the amount listed. For nuts I used freshly toasted, chopped almonds. I omitted the chocolate chips and instead dipped half the batch in white chocolate, half in dark chocolate. Super yum!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Just made these for my son-in-law he likes simple cookies will def make them again The only thing I changes after reading reviews I use about 1 1/2 cups of flour insead of the 2 that's called for"

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