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Chocolate Snowball Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Snowball Cookies Recipe

These dainty cookies just melt in your mouth. I enjoy making them for get-togethers when there are lots of people around to enjoy them. —Mary Lou Welsh, Hinsdale, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 2. Shape into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes or until tops are crackled. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Roll in confectioners' sugar. Yield: 6 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 83 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Jennifer User ID: 8985156 258091
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2016

"I started making this recipe as part of my Christmas baking 3 years ago. The recipe is great. You get delicate little cookies. The cookie itself is not very sweet but I double coat them in icing sugar and I don't think you would want them sweeter as they are a nice balance. One of my friends requests these for Christmas and her birthday and they have been very popular with the family."

mom2lauren User ID: 7407229 241574
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"I'm a volunteer Field Editoe for Taste of Hime and I love testing new recipes. My 12 year old daughter and her friend and I made these today. They were not hard to prepare. We got just over 3 dozen small cookies so I'm not sure how they got 6 dozen as indicated by the recipe. I didn't try as I cannot eat gluten but the girls and my other daughter thought they were just OK. They all thought they weren't sweet enough even though they were rolled in the icing sugar. Although they'll happily eat the batch we made, The recipe is not on their "must make again list""

the pink baker User ID: 4281712 237100
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"I bake every week for my SS class and wanted something diff and my kids love chocolate as much as me lol.

I was dissapointed it barely made 3 doz cookies and was very blah tasting. Too much flour and not enough chocolate. I love toh and use this site alot but this cookie needs serious tweaking. BUT for some odd reason my 4-6 yr olds gobbled them up."

MaryJoFox User ID: 5698369 215836
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"Bland and dry...they do not "melt in your mouth". Look nice, but need milk to wash them down....won't make again."

ruzicka79 User ID: 4272754 49392
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"easy to prepare, not to get rid off since its not good,not a whole lot of going on just a ball of flour. Maybe add something in the middle like a dark chocolate to add more taste.i wouldnt recommend this recipe."

kfrances User ID: 2592068 19905
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"On a whim I added a teaspoon of ancho chili pepper. It really made the chocolate pop! By circumstance, these were left out as we packed up cookies for various destinatins over the course ofa few days and air drying them made them even more chocolately. easy and delicious."

sparklingpurple User ID: 2622078 43671
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"These cookies went over Great with family & Friends. So YUMMY!! You have to try them, you will love them!"

mmxduran User ID: 6277470 21372
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"I am not one to review recipes, but when I made these for the first time they were a big hit. One of the best out of all the cookies I made. I would like to try adding some nuts to this."

caaverill User ID: 4603355 15418
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"It only made just over 3 dozen and the chocolate flavor was not intense enough for my taste."

LAFrederick User ID: 4375499 19898
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"I made these for Christmas but they did not go over well! They were easy to make but everyone thought that they were bland or tasted a little funny. I won't be making these again =( On the bright side, they were soft and held the powdered sugar really well"

Rikku User ID: 3386142 46435
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"My son and I just made these and they were wonderfully easy and quick to throw together. The taste was deliciously fudgy!"

lillylee2901 User ID: 5439318 48326
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"easy and delish!!!!"

Stephanie.B User ID: 4803044 45526
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"I used margerine instead of butter and thought these cookies turned out WONDERFUL. The only thing I didn't like was that the next day - the powdered sugar had melted and made the cookies look gross, but they still tasted great. The powdered sugar mess was probably my error though. I will make these again!"

copythat User ID: 5631313 22788
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"try indenting top of cookie then putting 1/2 tsp raspberry jam into the indent."

Tom1234 User ID: 5046863 202242
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"This recipe reminds me of the recipes that my grandmother used to bring over every holiday. Very comforting to know."

MSuzanne User ID: 4739452 22722
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"These were fun and simple to make, my kind of recipe. It's a soft chewy cookie with just the right amount of sweetness."

imwittyone User ID: 3892640 22721
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Really like these! They're not too sweet on their own and the powder sugar adds just the right touch of sweetness!"

marvalrus User ID: 5659639 46433
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"interesting recipe, but tasteless and bitter. If you add real suger to sweeten it, they're hard as a brick. However if you insert some peanut butter chips, it's an interesting combination and definitely helps. This recipe needs help. The flavor is not good. I even inserted a slice of banana, covered it, was good but still no cigar.

The only thing I'd do before tossing in the trash is use them as a trifle bowl additive. I think it would definitely be a good contrast to the sweetness of cool whip and pudding as the cookie itself although bland has a good chocolate punch to it."

tiffy2522 User ID: 4254578 46627
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"when i made them they were kind of dry. i wonder if i put to much dry stuff in it. otherwise it is very tasty. kind of has a donut texture to it. good with milk. :-)"

Sheri Lagnese User ID: 4615191 15416
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"Why dont you people follow the recipe properly! They are wonderful!"

rward78 User ID: 4285111 202241
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"The chocolate is overpowering and they are simply too sweet."

eileen45 User ID: 2848407 202240
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"I threw them away too. They weren't sweet at all. Very bad recipe, which is unusual for Taste Of Home. Very disappointed."

homeschoolingcarol User ID: 4565404 22719
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"The quality of the cocoa you use can make or break a receipt like this...avoid generic or Hershey's cocoa, and get the good stuff. More expensive, but better than going to all the work (and expensive) to make cookies that don't taste good!"

babybgurl38 User ID: 3582729 15415
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"very tasteless. threw most of them away"

nataleeb User ID: 164543 22717
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"After reading the reviews, I was skeptical to try this recipe, but boy am I glad I did. These are neither dry nor tasteless. They do melt in your mouth and are extremely delicate. My family will have these devoured before the weekend is out!!"

kleisy52 User ID: 802943 21371
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Loved them. I am not a real chocolate fan, so was not sure I should make them. But time ran out needed a cookie fast. My husband and i loved them. Didn't change the recipe but think next time I will not let them completely cool before adding confectioner sugar."

Cessigirl User ID: 5656013 45525
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Loved these fast and easy cookies. They are truly melt in your mouth, and are now a staple for my Christmas cookie selection"

allen22 User ID: 3279409 48293
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"We threw out the entire batch! Dry and extremely tasteless."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 46432
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"I increased the sugar to 1 cup and added a couple tablespoons of milk to even it out. It didn't make anywhere near 6 dozen, but I made mine the size of munchkins."

tlouise22 User ID: 4031966 18596
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009


MY REVIEW User ID: 3674229 22715
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Dry and tasteless."

nerakj User ID: 1011844 18595
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I used a cookie scoop to do these and perhaps that is the reason they fell. At any rate, I did not care for them. They were dry and fell and the finished product did not at all resemble a snowball."

shelbyamay User ID: 4171522 18586
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"These cookies taste and look great. I made the dough one evening and put it in the freezer for a few days before thawing and baking. Just make sure you make the balls small enough. My cookies turned out rather large haha. Will definitely be making again! Super easy!"

LIZZIEEU User ID: 4612440 18585
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"I just made these cookies the are delicious and look great on a Christmas plate of cookies. My husband rated them a #5 and add to your favorites"

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