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chocolate snowball cookies on a red plate.
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Chocolate Snowball Cookies

These tasty chocolate snowball cookies are made with shortbread cookie dough, rich dark chocolste, and crunchy pecans. These irresistible cookies are perfect for your Christmas cookie platters and will disappear quickly!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Holiday
Servings: 32 cookies
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Ashley Boyd



  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and almond extract to a medium mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the salt and flour to the bowl, one cup at a time, and mix until combined and no more dry flour is visible. The dough will be crumbly.
  • Add chopped pecans to the bowl and mix with the hand mixer on low speed until the pecans are evenly mixed into the dough.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop 1 ½ tablespoon balls of dough into the palm of your hand and roll them into neat balls.
  • Place cookies onto your prepared baking sheets, spaced evenly apart. They do not need much room as the cookies will not spread while baking. Bake cookies in the preheated oven for 7-10 minutes, or until the bottoms are slightly browned and the tops are no longer glossy.
  • Once the cookies have cooled enough to handle, add 1 cup of powdered sugar to a medium bowl and roll the cookies in the sugar to completely coat each cookie. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • After the cookies have completely cooled I recommend rolling them in the powdered sugar once more.


  • Use your free hand as a shield for the bowl when mixing the butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa to avoid a mess.
  • The butter, sugar, and cocoa may seem like they will not cream at first, but they will begin to get creamy after about a minute. 
  • These cookies can be stored at room temperature in a zip-top bag or storage container for up to five days.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.8g | Protein: 1.3g | Fat: 6.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 76mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 4.3g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg