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Snowball Surprise Quick Cookie Recipe

Updated on August 18, 2014
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Snowball Nut Cookies

I was browsing through the cookbooks in a local department store when I first came across the Favorite Brand Name: 100 Best Holiday Cookies. Thumbing through it I found a section that listed "Christmas Cookie Quickies".

Looking over the selections I found the Snowball Surprise Cookie recipe. The list of ingredients could easily be tweaked to taste, and instructions seemed to be pretty simple.

Having made other recipes similar to this, I knew it was a recipe I wanted to try.

Why I Like the Recipe

There are several things I like about this versatile dessert. You can use any kind of nut or chocolate and can divide the batch to make a different assortment. This way everyone gets their favorite kind of cookie. If you are looking for a holiday dessert or snack, these are a great party treat and look festive on a decorative plate with holiday trimmings.

One of the best things about this cookie is that you can make it ahead of time and freeze it. When guests arrive, take the cookies out of the freezer and let them set for 30 minutes or so and you have a great dessert with no mess. Serve them on a nice cookie tray or dessert dish with a hot beverage while you fellowship with friends around the table. This is something I grew up doing, and we especially liked it when my Aunt sent her famous cookies like this one for Christmas.

The cookbook was right, it is an easy recipe and one that the entire family could do together. I can picture Moms and kids making this in the kitchen, while the Dads and Uncles are watching a game on television. Being a tactile activity it's one that works well for home schooling lessons as well.

I listed 2 hours as a suggested time, but that includes one hour in the refrigerator. If you don't want toasted nuts in the recipe knock off another ten minutes. So you can tell, it's "quick" to actually make the cookie. For people who have allergies, keep in mind that this recipe has nuts, but can be made with just the chocolate.

P.S. Annleecakes on Squidoo suggested adding lemon to the recipe. Try it and let me know what you think.

The Hershey's Chocolate Chip Applesauce Coffee Cake is a great recipe for the fall to make for holiday celebrations, brunch or afternoon tea. It is another one of our favorites.

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#148 Created 11/5/13/Published November 5th, 2013

  • Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours
  • Yields: Approximately 3 dozen


  • 2 sticks softened butter (one cup)
  • 3/4 cup powered sugar (to be divided)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup toasted and finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 3 ounces (1 bar) of chocolate candy with or without almonds broken in 1/2 inch pieces (about 36)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) I don't use it myself.


  2. Toasting the Nuts: On a cookie sheet toast pecans or walnuts 8-10 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees in a single layer. Stir often until golden brown. After cooling finely chop the nuts.
  3. Use parchment paper or lightly grease cookie sheets.
  4. Beat butter and 1/2 cup of powered sugar in bowl until blended. Stir in vanilla. Add salt and flour gradually until blended. Stir in pecans (nuts).
  5. Make 36 round dough balls using a tablespoon. Press chocolate pieces into individual balls and reshape making sure the chocolate is covered by the dough. You can use Hershey's, Rolo's, Reeses or any chocolate that can be cut into smaller pieces.
  6. Place cookies 1 and 1/2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for one hour until the dough is firm.
  7. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Bake until edges are slightly browned about 10-13 minutes depending on oven.
  8. Cool for one minute then sprinkle the remaining powered sugar over the cookies covering them completely.
Favorite Brand Name: 100 Best Holiday Cookies
Favorite Brand Name: 100 Best Holiday Cookies

Celebrating 100 Years in Baking Special Edition.

You can find this recipe and more like these in this cookbook. There are 5 sections divided into these topics: Old-Fashioned favorites, Christmas Cookie Quickies, Sugarplum Fun, Jolly Bars & Brownies, and Elegant Yuletide Treasures. The book is 160 pages and has a spiral binding so it lays flat.

Anchor Hocking 3-Tier Presence Platter Set
Anchor Hocking 3-Tier Presence Platter Set

Display your holiday creations on this lovely tiered glass set. Three piece set can be used together or individually for desserts, hors d'oeuvres, cheese or fruit making an attractive table display.

Glass and dishwasher safe.


Do you have a favorite holiday cookie?

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      Fay Favored 19 months ago from USA

      Thanks for your comment poetryman6969. I would imagine any favorite candy would be good in these too.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I like the idea of incorporating candy bars into cookies. Sounds very tasty.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for visiting aesta1. My Aunt's were always better, even when I use her recipe. So people are born bakers.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Looks like this is a more healthy and tasty option.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Peggy W thanks for the pin. Freezing extra goodies sure comes in handy doesn't it. Appreciate your visit.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I often make cookies ahead of time and freeze them so nice to have another recipe that works well like that. Pinning this to my cookies board.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      SusanDeppner this is a recipe that is so easy and freezes really well. They travel great when I ship them frozen too.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, these cookies sound so good!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Jackie Lynnley thanks for your visit. Hope you found that this recipe would fit your family's taste. It's fun when everyone gets involved.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Arachnea these are really easy to make and seem to be a crowd pleaser. Best of all you can make them ahead of time and freeze them so you can enjoy the event. I hope you give them a try.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This sounds really good. I will try them as soon as the chilly weather hits.

      I forgot where I put the name of the tree; thought I put a follow on it but must not have. Anyway; it was walnut.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      These look delicious. I have got to try them. They seem rather easy to make as well.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      VioletteRose, Alicia and Kim I appreciate your visits and comments. What I like about these is that you can add more of what you like and they still taste good.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      VioletteRose, Alicia and Kim I appreciate your visits and comments. What I like about these is that you can add more of what you like and they still taste good.

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      KimGiancaterino 3 years ago

      These cookies sound delicious. I definitely like the lemon idea!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This recipe sound delicious! Thanks for sharing it. I love cookies with chocolate in the middle.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Great recipe, cookies look delicious! I especially love using nuts.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Natalie W Schorr: Yep.

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      Natalie W Schorr 3 years ago

      Great looking cookies - I bet they are yummy!

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I always have rice ball, I guess it is time for having snowball! :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @annleecakes: I can imagine how this would taste. Love the idea of adding a bit of lemon. Thanks for the tip.

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      Trulee Ann 3 years ago from Arkansas City, Kansas


      Great cookies! We have made them also and the recipe is like the same.

      Have you tired with a Lemon Flavor? They are wonderful also!


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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @bead at home mom: I popped by your recipe article(s) and you were right. We all call them something different don't we. Good to know though.

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      These look yum-elicious and very similar to my favorite cookie recipe that I know as 'russian tea cakes' or 'wedding cakes' which is a favorite memory since I got to make these most every Christmas with my mother. I like the idea of tucking a little surprise in the center, may have to try that in my next batch.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @MarcellaCarlton: Glad you tried the Snowball cookie recipe. Yes, you need something in the center or bits of nuts, because is a plain basic recipe. If it weren't it would be too sweet I think. Let me know what you changed so we can try it. Love getting new ideas for old recipes. Thanks for visiting.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      I think I'll give these a try. Nice lens!

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      I tried this recipe yesterday and I will definitely have to tweak it. It wasn't to our taste. I made them plain and now realize that we need something in the center like a caramel chip or chocolate chip. I'll have to try again. Thanks for the recipe though and for sharing.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Thanks Lynn. Kids really go for it.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      looks nice :)

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Hello favored1. Nice post -- have made versions of this for many years but the "hideaway" is a new angle. Pretty darn welcome one, too!

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      Mr-Squidoo-Review 3 years ago

      They Look Fab! I Just Need To Try Making a These :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: The nice thing about recipes is that they can always be made at the perfect time. Enjoy them.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @glowchick: I know what you mean good!

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      Sounds wonderful, I'll have to try this! :)

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      June Parker 3 years ago from New York

      My favorite Christmas Cookie is a cookie called Meltaways that look like these, but we did not put anything in the centers. I am in New York right now and my recipes are not and I wanted to bake these cookies. I hope it is the same basic recipe. Pinned to my "Cookie Crumbs" board. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      This sounds absolutely scrumptious!!!

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      glowchick 3 years ago

      My family LOVES snowball cookies~ they are very easy to make which is good because they disappear so fast!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These sound good and I'll have to add them to my cookie list that I must get busy with this week.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @GrammieOlivia: That means a lot coming from you. I appreciate it. Nice to see you as well.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Sounds like a recipe right up my alley, thank you favored1!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @RinchenChodron: Good memories right ... hope you get to make some for the holidays.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Those snowballs look yummy! I have to say I've never had them before but I can imagine that they taste as good as they look.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      These sound very good. I may have to try this recipe.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      This cookie is similar to one my mother used to make during the holidays. I loved it so I'm also likely to love this one. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Sound yummy!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      This recipe is similar to one that is a favorite of mine at Christmas. Always delicious.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Interesting recipe and, as you say, sounds easy to make.

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      My sister-in-law makes these snowball cookies and they are delicious!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I think this is a recipe my grandmother made, I'm going to check the ingredients. She called them butterballs. It may be the same, any way thanks for this recipe I'm going to pin so I have it for the Holidays.

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      Those quick cookies lokks tempting... My wife will be interested in this recipe for sure :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Well as someone who can never resist a cookie I would have to say that these look delicious. Only once have I have I met a cookie I didn't like and these snowballs look so yummy good.

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      Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I always make Peanut Blossoms, but your Snowball Surprise cookies sound delicious and I will add them to my holiday cookie list.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious! I love versatile recipes like this...I'm already planning to make some with almonds.

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      BrownEyedGirl69 4 years ago

      I like any type of cookie. I am most fond of anything with Chocolate. Great lens!

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      Snowballs are one of my favorites! My husband cons me into making these for Christmas every year. I never thought of dividing the dough - what a great idea!

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      mommyplus3kids 4 years ago

      Definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      CoeGurl 4 years ago from USA

      LOVE these cookies with that luscious chocolate in the center. I am definitely going to make these for Christmas!