Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies


Yes I’m sure this may seem more like a recipe that’s fit for Christmas time but when you get a strong craving for snowball cookies how do you resist making a batch? Especially when it’s the weekend! 

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Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

I’ve already shared recipes for classic Snowball Cookies and Lemon Snowball Cookies so instead of making the ones I’ve already tried I decided to try them with a different flavor by adding chocolate – because we all know you just can’t go wrong with chocolate!

After one bite you’ll be dreaming about these Heavenly Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies!

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These cookies just melt in your mouth and their irresistible, sweet, buttery flavor makes them dangerously addicting! Plus there’s also a delicious addition of almonds – because chocolate and almonds just go together don’t they?

With all this simple goodness you can never stop at just one cookie, trust me I’ve tried and tried. I mean how can you walk away from these things?

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These cookies are fun to make. I love rolling and re-rolling them in powdered sugar – for double the goodness (plus it helps hide the first sticky layer of melty sugar).

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Just don’t eat these cookies standing and wearing really dark jeans when you eat them because they are guaranteed to make a mess. You should have seen my jeans after I made these and took pictures. It’s just a typical day around here. Who needs aprons :)?

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Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

5 from 1 vote

Buttery tender snowball cookies swirled with decadent mini chocolate chips and coated with sweet powdered sugar. Likely to become a favorite holiday cookie!

Servings: 39
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups (282g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (226) unsalted butter, halfway softened*
  • 1 1/2 cups (192g) powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (160g) mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grind almonds in a food processor to tiny bits, set aside. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour and salt, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter and 1/2 cup (64g) powdered sugar until combined (not pale and fluffy, just blended and slightly creamy). 
  3. Mix in vanilla, then with mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour and salt mixture and mix just until combined. 
  4. Add in chocolate chips and almonds and mix to evenly distribute (fold batter with a spatula if needed to gather nuts from bottom.
  5. Scoop dough out 1 Tbsp at a time and roll into a ball. Transfer dough balls to an ungreased cookie sheet** (fitting about 16 per sheet and spacing evenly apart). 

  6. Bake in preheated oven 10 - 12 minutes until bottoms are lightly golden brown. Let cool for just a few minutes (until they are cool enough to handle) then pour remaining 1 cup (128g) powdered sugar into a small mixing bowl. 
  7. Dip and roll cookies in powdered sugar to get a light coating then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining cookie dough. 
  8. Once cookies are cool roll again in powdered sugar, this time giving them a thicker coating. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  1. I recommend softening the butter about halfway just so the cookies don't spread very much while baking. It should make an indentation in the butter when pressed with your thumb but shouldn't be as soft as room temperature butter.
  2. I don't recommend dark non-stick cookie sheets for this recipe, they always brown cookies too much on bottom.
  3. Recipe source: adapted from Crazy for Crust and Nestle
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.1%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Snowball Cookies
Calories: 120 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Lisa: They are excellent. I did replace the almonds with ground oatmeal. November 21, 2018 at 10:59am Reply

  • Angela van Dam: What type of cookie sheet would you recommend then? December 2, 2016 at 10:58am Reply

    • Patlyn: Parchment paper December 14, 2017 at 5:47pm Reply

  • meaghan: With a nut allergy can you sub something for the almonds? December 2, 2016 at 6:00am Reply

  • JOY2nola: So…no eggs?
    I’m making them now and hoping for the best! November 22, 2016 at 11:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No eggs are needed for this recipe, they are a shortbread-like cookie. November 24, 2016 at 7:01pm Reply

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