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Favorite Christmas Ball Cookies

Updated on October 17, 2014

Yummy Christmas Ball Cookies!

OK - I'll say it. I LOVE Christmas cookies!

And, of all the Christmas cookies out there, I have a special fondness for Ball Cookies.

They come in such a variety of flavors and colors that you can combine them to make beautiful Christmas cookie bowls, gift baskets and boxes. Not to mention, they're an absolute taste treat.

Try one of these fantabulous recipes today!

Mint Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Makes about 72 cookies


Unsweetened Chocolage - 4 (1-ounce) squares

All-Purpose Flour - 4 cups

Salt - 1/2 tsp

Sugar - 2 cups

Baking Soda - 2 tsp

Eggs - 2 Large

Vegetable Shortening - 1 1/4 cups

Light Corn Syrup - 1/3 cup

Peppermint Extract - 2 tsp

Water - 2 1/2 Tbsp

Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp

Additional sugar for rolling


In the top of a double boiler, melt chocolate squares

Set chocolate squares aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Whisk together baking soda, flour and salt in a small bowl

Using an electric mixer set at medium, cream the shortening

Add 2 cups sugar to the creamed shortening and continue to mix until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, chocolate, water, extracts and corn syrup to the creamed mixture and blend well.

Stir in flour mixture gently, until just blended.

Shape cookie dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar

Place cookies on greased baking sheets, approximately 2 inches apart

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes.

Allow to rest and cool for a few minutes on baking sheet

Move cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling

Bourbon Balls

Makes about 60 cookies


Vanilla wafers, finely crushed - 3 cups or approximately 75 cookies

Powdered sugar - 2 cups

Cocoa - 1/4 cup

Finely chopped pecans - 1 cup (May substitute walnuts if desired)

Light corn syrup - 1/4 cup

Bourbon - 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar (May substitute granulated sugar if desired)


Mix crushed wafers, pecans, cocoa and powdered sugar

Stir in corn syrup and bourbon.

Shape mixture small balls - approximately 1 inch in diameter.

Roll cookies in powdered sugar.

Refrigerate in tightly covered container several days before serving.

Amish Ginger Cookies

Makes about 48 cookies


Granulated suagr - 1 cup

Butter, softened - 3/4 cup

Unsulfured molasses - 1/4 cup

Egg - 1 large

Ground ginger - 1 tsp

All-purpose flour - 2-1/2 cups

Ground cloves - 1 tsp

Ground cinnamon - 1 tsp

Baking soda - 1/2 tsp

Extra granulated sugar as desired


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat together 1 cup sugar and butter until creamy.

Add molasses and egg, beating until well-combined

Add remaining ingredients and mix well

Roll dough into balls approximately 1-inch in diameter

Roll cookies in extra granulated sugar, to taste.

Place cookie balls on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 5 - 7 minutes, until bottom of cookies are just turning brown.

Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute, then place on wire racks until completely cooled

Chocolate Cherry "Kris Kingles"

Makes 20 - 25 cookies


Flour - 1.5 cups

Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup

Margarine - 1/2 cup

Vanilla - 1 tsp

Salt - 1/8 tsp

Chocolate chips - 20 to 25, plus another full cup

Maraschino cherries - 20 to 25


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Cream margarine and sugar well

Add salt, flour and margarine and mix well

Take each maraschino cherry and stuff with a chocolate chip

Place each stuffed cherry into the center of 1 teaspoon cookie dough

Bake cookies on ungreased baking sheet for 12 to 15 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool completely on baking rack

In the top of a double boiler, or in the microwave, melt 1 cup chocolate chips

Dip cookie tops in melted chocolate


Makes about 400 cookies (yes, 400! Halve or quarter the recipe as needed)


Peanut butter - 2 lbs.

Powdered sugar - 3 lbs

Butter - 1 pound

Semi-sweet chocolate chips - two 12-ounce packages

Paraffin wax - 1/2 of one bar (gives cookies a "glossy" finish!)

Waxed paper for baking sheets

Toothpicks - for dipping cookies


Cream butter and peanut butter and butter together well

Add sugar a little at a time, mixing well

Roll mixture into 1-inch balls, inserting a toothpick into each one

Melt paraffin and chocolate in the top of a double boiler.

Dip each cookie into the chocolate, leaving small portion of cookie ball uncoated

Let cookies cool completely on waxed paper.

Store in a cool place.

Cherry Nut Balls


Powdered sugar - 1 cup

Butter, softened - 1 cup

Flaked, sweetened coconut - 3/4 cup

Vanilla - 1 tsp

Maraschino cherries, chopped & drained - 1/2 cup

Quick cooking oats - 2 cups

Finely ground nuts sufficient to roll cookie balls in


Beat together butter, vanilla, sugar, coconut and cherries

Mix in the rolled oats

Refrigerate mixture for approximately 3 hours

Shape cookie dough into 1" balls

Roll cookies in chopped nuts

Refrigerate in an airtight container until time to eat!

Almond Snow Cookies

Makes about 132 cookies


Soft butter - 1-1/4 cup

Shortening - 1/2 cup

Granulated sugar - 1 cup

Eggs - 2

Almond Oil - 3/8 teaspoon OR Almond Extract - 2 to 3 tsp

Finely ground blanched almonds - 1 cup

Sifted Flour - 3-1/2 cups

Confectioners' sugar


Cream butter, granulated sugar, and shortening

Add eggs to the mixture and beat well - until light

Add flour and mix thoroughly

Mix in almond oil and ground almonds.

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Form dough into small balls - about 1-1/4" and place on ungreased baking sheets about 2" apart.

Slightly "flatten" top of each ball - the bottom of a glass works well for this .

Bake until set - but not brown - about 14-16 minutes, and remove from oven

Sift confectioners' sugar over cookies while they're still warm

Allow cookies to cool completely, then remove from cookie sheet

Roll cookies in additional confectioners' sugar until thoroughly covered and "snowy"


Chocolate Orange Ball Cookies


Vanilla Wafers - 1 9-ounce box

Confectioner's sugar - 2 1/4 cups

Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1/4 cup

Orange juice concentrate - 1/3 cup

Light corn syrup - 1/4 cup

Pecan pieces - 1 1/2 cups


Combine 2 cups of confectioner's sugar, vanilla wafters, orange juice concentrate, corn syrup and cocoa powder in a food processor

Pulse until all the cookies are ground to crumbs and the mixture is completely blended

Add pecan pieces and pulse until the nuts are finely chopped.

Move mixture to a medium bowl

Form dough into balls, approximately 1" in diameter

Coat each cookie with additional confectioner's sugar

Cookies store well in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to a month!

Ball Cookie Videos - Check 'em out!

Chocolate Chunk Snowballs


2 cups butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

6 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

additional powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

Stir in flour and cornstarch, then chocolate and pecans.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned; cool on wire racks.

Dust lightly with powdered sugar.

Cherry Pecan Drops


1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup shortening

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup chopped dates

1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries, well drained

1-1/2 cup coarsely crushed cornflakes cereal

15 maraschino cherries, quartered, drained


Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease cookies sheets. In large bowl, combine sugar, shortening, milk, vanilla, and eggs; beat well.

Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pecans, dates, and 1/3 cup chopped cherries; mix well.

Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for easier handling.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into cereal; thoroughly coat.

Form into balls; place 2-inches apart on greased cookie sheets.

Press maraschino cherry piece into top of each ball.

Bake for 10-15 minutes until light golden brown.

Christmas Cookie Comments? - Ho ho ho!

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    • Lynn Savitsky profile image

      Lynn Savitzky 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for posting these! I always go the flat-cookie route, but I've had some really good ball cookies in my time and I'd love to make them.

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      5 years ago

      These recipes look amazing! I especially can't wait to try the buckeyes and chocolate orange cookies!

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      5 years ago


    • pretyfunky profile image


      5 years ago

      it's really yumm...! i tried it

    • EdTecher profile image

      Heidi Reina 

      5 years ago from USA

      Love buckeyes and snowball cookies. They're 2 family favorites.

    • iijuan12 profile image


      5 years ago from Florida

      Yummy! I think we'll try to make some of these this weekend.

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      5 years ago

      Awesome photos and recipes. :) Thanks for sharing from your kitchen!

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Those Buckeyes sound delicious!

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      5 years ago

      Bourbon balls used to be a favorite for me to make. Smelled up the kitchen so nice.

    • spritequeen lm profile image

      spritequeen lm 

      7 years ago

      Wow! These look great!! Can't wait to try some!

    • GonnaFly profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      Mmmm. These all look so good. Doesn't matter that Christmas is over for the year - I'm sure I could eat these all year round.

    • reflectionhaiku profile image


      7 years ago

      Ball cookies are so cool and fun to eat - Thanks for this yummy lens and also thanks for your great comment on my lens. I enjoyed reading it!

    • mikerbowman profile image


      7 years ago

      Oh my goodness, these cookies look delicious! I can't wait to try my hand at baking some of these myself! :)

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      7 years ago

      Now I'm hungry. They all sound good.

    • Joy Neasley profile image

      Joy Neasley 

      7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I've been looking for a buckeye cookie recipe!!!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      Mmmmmm ... a yummy lens. I used to make rum balls out of crushed graham crackers. I love Christmas ball cookies, but end up eating most of them!

    • Barkely profile image


      7 years ago

      Mint and chocolate? Yum! I'll have to give those a try! Buckeyes are definitely a Christmas tradition at our house.


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