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. 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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Drumgold User ID: 8534546 241680
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"Family loved this recipe!"

love2beMom User ID: 5558560 239642
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."

bce1965 User ID: 8665000 239524
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

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

Nan Mock User ID: 611392 218140
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!"

wbarb89 User ID: 8139869 215285
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"

amy.iverson User ID: 8068596 48281
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"Very good, a little on the dry side"

[email protected] User ID: 1701298 42612
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"These have become one of my families favorite Christmas cookie!"

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 20843
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"I'm sorry but whoever said these were dry and tasteless clearly did something wrong. These were awesome!!"

susanrukes User ID: 1679219 46143
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"Discovered this recipe last year and it's fantastic. The best snowball recipe ever! Love the chocolate chips in them."

[email protected] User ID: 7505473 20842
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"Super easy & delicious!!!"

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