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Chocolate Snowballs

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
    about 4 dozen


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


  • 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.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set and bottoms are lightly browned, 15-20 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Cool completely on wire racks. If desired, reroll cookies in confectioners' sugar.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • We like pecans and walnuts, but you can substitute chopped pistachios, macadamia nuts or even almonds. Not a fan? You can omit the nuts and add a few more chocolate chips.
  • Learn how you can freeze extra cookies for later.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 92 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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    • shereeder
      Dec 5, 2019

      Psalm127-3: There is no need for a leavener in these as they don't rise. You use a cookie scoop or teaspoon and form them into round balls. They bake that way. My mother also would shape them into a crescent shape. I love these. I've made them without chips and always add chopped pecans or walnuts. They are the easiest cookie to make and taste so good. Melt in your mouth.

    • Psalm127-3
      Nov 30, 2018

      My concern was no leavener so what makes them rise, round

    • sandyko
      Nov 28, 2018

      If you like this type of cookie, you definitely need to the the Cinnamon Sugar Cookie on this site. It uses both powdered sugar and cream of tartar in the recipe--which gives it the great texture of a wedding cookie. I cut the recipe in half. It is so good I have made this 1/2 recipe three times this week. Once with mini semisweet chips and toasted chopped almonds, once with the same mini chips and chopped dried cranberries. Lastly with about 1/2 cup of toasted chopped pecans, with the cookies rolled in demerara sugar before baking. I am 77 and have baked MANY different cookie recipes, and this is now my favorite cookie.

    • chaosmommy
      Dec 23, 2017

      I've made this recipe a few times with both walnuts and pecans. We prefer pecans! I also like to use mini chocolate chips since they are a smaller cookie.

    • Drumgold
      Jan 13, 2016

      Family loved this recipe!

    • love2beMom
      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
      Dec 16, 2015

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

    • Nan Mock
      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
      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
      Nov 8, 2014

      Very good, a little on the dry side