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Cherry Snowball Cookies

"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
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; gradually add flour and mix well.
  • Shape a tablespoonful of dough around each cherry, forming a ball. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 325° for 18-20 minutes or until the bottoms are browned. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 99 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Jonathan
    Dec 17, 2020

    Tasty. I agree that a little salt and extra flavor help. I did vanilla but almond sounds good too. Maybe next time some amaretto and orange zest. Lastly, throw the dough into the fridge for a bit before baking to help the cookies keep their ball shape. Otherwise they will flatten out a bit. Not a bad thing. Just is a thing.

  • dylan's mama
    Dec 16, 2017

    These are delicious and I love to make them for Christmas. I do like to add 1/4 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of almond or vanilla--it just takes the flavor to another level and puts them over the top amazing!

  • _nlfPA
    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
    Dec 6, 2014

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

  • sugarcrystal
    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.

  • manpabrown
    Nov 21, 2012

    No comment left

  • BakinGymnast
    Jan 23, 2012

    Tastes almost exactly like a spritz cookie.

  • ajkoch
    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
    Dec 6, 2011

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

  • carly17
    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.