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Chocolate Snowballs Recipe

Chocolate Snowballs Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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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"

MY REVIEW 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."

MY REVIEW User ID: 7505473 20842
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"Super easy & delicious!!!"

MelissaR2012 User ID: 6738975 41331
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"Yum...really good."

spar7 User ID: 3439921 42611
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"Simple and Delicious! I loved these cookies, as did my family, I will definitely be making these again! Merry Christmas!"

MaryContrary User ID: 7524581 20682
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"For the person who said these were tasteless and dry - always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS SIFT YOUR FLOUR AND USE REAL BUTTER"

MmeBlaise User ID: 1081390 44964
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"easy and delicious! For more color, I added red sugar to the confectioner sugar before rolling the cookies."

marciehill User ID: 7514800 19202
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"These are solo good"

BossFanTwinsMom User ID: 6126450 74505
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"Because of nut allergies, I substituted the chopped nuts for Rice Krispies cereal. The cookies were easy to make and disappeared in no time! Had to make a second batch."

kimber1961 User ID: 6463285 47572
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"My daughter and I had fun making these at the last minute on Christmas Eve. They were very easy to make and everyone enjoyed them. They were not overly sweet which was a good thing. Definitely going to make these again."

speek User ID: 4715527 18843
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"My wedding ball cookie is similar to this. In order to tell which one is which, I added 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to the confectioners sugar before dipping. I also waited until they were completely cool. Very tasty indeed."

rahh91505 User ID: 2672636 18841
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"Tasteless.....dry....disgusting. The squirrels and birds wouldn't even eat them when we threw them outside! Waste of time."

dshipman User ID: 899033 41329
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"This is a similar recipe to what I grew up calling "Pecan Sandies" (not the Keebler kind). I've substituted walnuts before, but it's not what I grew up on. I will have to try making them w/ chocolate chips in them. Possibly the mini ones"

kitzer User ID: 4188178 20681
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"cavuoto -- When a recipe does not state what kind of nut to use, it means 'your choice' - 'your preference' - 'whatever you have on hand'!!"

mrssimptom User ID: 5831572 17486
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"I have always loved Keebler's Danish Wedding Cookies. These are a homemade version of them and like all things homemade, about a hundred times better. Not to worry, Keeblers, I will always be true to you, too. Merry Christmas, everybody!"

cavuoto User ID: 4290464 46142
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"what kind of nuts did you all use?????"

caree929 User ID: 3830950 44961
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Super easy and yummy! I've made this for my book group twice and the kids gobbled them up!"

seablue02 User ID: 3510726 21039
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"I have no idea why anyone would say this recipe was messy. It's so easy that if you can screw it up, you probably shouldn't be in the kitchen. Sorry, but that's how I feel. They are suppose to be light and just lightly flavored. If they come out dry, then you most likely are over baking them. And you may want to check your oven temperature. You can also cut back a little on the flour if that makes you happy. But, mainly, don't over bake them!!"

celestiablue User ID: 4056921 18840
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"Love this recipe!!! I added a 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract to give the cookies a hint of mintiness!!! They were delicious!"

mcbean19 User ID: 5714148 45474
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Delicious, and super easy to make :)"

celestiablue User ID: 4056921 46141
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"This recipe reminds me of mexican wedding cakes or russian tea family loves it no matter what it is called!! For a healthy kick, I substitute half of the white flour with whole wheat! It adds a nutty flavor to the cookies."

sarahsandra User ID: 4049042 202146
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2010

"a mess. not good"

LIZZIEEU User ID: 4612440 19201
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"This is a quick and easy cookie receipe. My husband said it is a keeper"

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