Snowball Surprise Cookies Recipe
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Snowball Surprise Cookies Recipe

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Keep the guests guessing until the big cake reveal! Use candy coating disks to tint the inside of these tender cookies pink and blue. Since these disks come in a variety of colors, you can also make the cookies to match any holiday or theme.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:39 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 39 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup each finely chopped pecans, walnuts and almonds, toasted
  • 39 pink or blue candy coating disks


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. In another bowl, whisk flour and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 1-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Insert a candy disk into the center of each cookie, reshaping dough into a ball and covering disk completely.
  3. Bake 12-15 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Place remaining confectioners' sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks. Reroll cookies. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Snowball Surprise Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2016, p209

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