Chocolate snowball cookies are a new take on traditional snowball cookies. The addition of cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips gives these cookies a rich chocolate flavor, complementing the familiar shortbread texture. One of the best things about these cookies is their texture; they are so tender that they melt in your mouth as soon as you bite into them. Plus, they are simple to make, using basic ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen.
Shortbread, the base of these cookies, is known for its simple and buttery nature. This dough serves as an excellent foundation for various flavors. Snowball cookies are a type of shortbread, famous for their round shape and coating of powdered sugar, making them look like little snowballs. Typically made with nuts, as shown in my pecan snowball cookies, this recipe adds chocolate for a different twist. If you’re looking for a mix of vanilla and chocolate, try my chocolate chip snowball cookies instead! It’s also really good!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Texture: The texture of these cookies is a highlight. They have a tender, soft feel, and these cookies literally melt in your mouth as you eat them!
- Simple Ingredients: The ingredients for this recipe are straightforward and likely already in your kitchen. This simplicity makes the recipe so easy to prepare.
- Customizable: You can use mini chocolate chips like we did, or try other options like cinnamon chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, or even nuts for different flavors.
Complete list of ingredients with quantities and instructions is located in the recipe card below
- Unsalted Butter: Essential for the texture and richness of the cookies. Make sure that it’s softened to room temperature so it mixes in easily with the rest of the ingredients.
- Powdered Sugar: Adds sweetness and contributes to the cookie’s texture. Also used for coating to give them a snowball appearance. Do not use granulated sugar here.
- Cocoa Powder: We use unsweetened cocoa powder by Hershey’s. It brings in the chocolate flavor, transforming the classic snowball into a delicious chocolate treat.
- Vanilla Extract: A small amount can enhance the overall flavor of the cookies.
- Salt: Balances the sweetness and complements the chocolate flavor.
- Mini Chocolate Chips: Add an extra chocolatey touch. Feel free to experiment with other chip types or additions. You can even add nuts if you like.
How To Make Chocolate Snowball Cookies
Begin by preheating your oven. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This will prevent the cookies from sticking and make cleanup easier.
- Mix the Dry Ingredients: In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour and unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Cream Butter and Sugar: In a separate large bowl, cream together softened unsalted butter with powdered sugar until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Add Vanilla and Dry Ingredients: Blend in vanilla extract for flavor. Gradually add your dry ingredients mixture to the creamed butter and sugar, mixing until well combined.
- Stir in Chocolate Chips: Gently stir in mini chocolate chips. Be careful not to overmix; just blend until everything is nicely combined.
- Form the Cookies: Using your hands or a small scoop, take portions of the dough and roll them into small balls. Place these balls onto your prepared baking sheet, spaced apart to allow for slight spreading.
- Bake the Cookies: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven. Bake the cookies until they are just set and the bottoms are slightly golden. Be careful not to overbake to keep their tender texture.
- First Roll in Powdered Sugar: After removing the cookies from the oven, and while they’re still warm, gently roll them in powdered sugar. This creates the classic snowball appearance.
- Cool and Second Roll: Allow the cookies to cool on a rack. Once cooled, roll them in powdered sugar again for a generous snowy layer.
- Serve or Store: Enjoy your double chocolate snowball cookies fresh, or store them in an airtight container for later.
- Powdered Sugar Coating: Roll the cookies in powdered sugar while warm for the coating to adhere properly, and then again before serving for a more pronounced snowy appearance.
- Avoid Overbaking: To keep the desired texture, watch the baking time closely and remove the cookies from the oven as soon as they are set.
- Cooling Process: Allow the cookies to cool completely on a rack before the second roll in sugar for the best texture and appearance. Remember powdered sugar will melt a little when you roll warm cookies in it.
Store your chocolate chip snowball cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. Avoid keeping them in the fridge, as this will dry them out.
You can also freeze these cookies for up to 2 months!
Other Desserts You Should Try
- Stained Glass Cookies
- Hot Cocoa Cookies
- Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Christmas Cake Roll
- Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies
We hope you find as much joy in making and eating these chocolate snowball cookies as we do. They are a fun and tasty addition to any holiday baking collection. If you try this recipe, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Don’t forget to leave a rating and review, and pin this recipe on your favorite Pinterest board for future reference.