Easy Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are sweet, buttery, delicious cookies that melt in your mouth! These snowball cookies are nut-free, egg-free, and so easy to make!
Easy Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies (No Nuts)
Happy Tasty Tuesday, friends!
We’ve officially made it to Week 5 and the final week of Cara’s Christmas Cookie Countdown. Can you believe Christmas is next week?!
For today’s Christmas cookie recipe, I’m sharing one of the best holiday cookies ever – Easy Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies (No Nuts).
If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying a Snowball Cookie, you’re gonna want to stop what you’re doing, grab all the ingredients, and make these Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies ASAP.
These Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are a delicious, sweet, and buttery cookie that literally melts in your mouth.
These snowball cookies are also nut free and egg free (great for people with food allergies) and super easy to make!
More Christmas Cookies You’ll Love:
- Homemade Cinnamon Roll Cookies
- Easy Christmas Butter Cookies
- Best Iced Oatmeal Cookies
- Easy Cherry Cheesecake Cookies
- White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Easy Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies
These Easy Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies without nuts will quickly become one of your favorite Christmas cookies.
They’re just so delicious with the powdered sugar and the fact that they look like little snowballs makes me love them even more.
These snowball cookies can easily be made in under 30 minutes time, making them a great cookie choice for the busy holiday season.
Plus they taste incredible and literally melt in your mouth!
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Rubber Spatula
- Electric Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
- Measuring Cups & Spoons
- Cookie Scoop
- Cookie Sheets
- Pre-Cut Parchment Paper
- Cooling Rack
- Cookie Airtight Storage Containers
- Large White Serving Platter
What are Snowball Cookies?
Snowball Cookies are buttery, shortbread cookies that are rolled in powdered sugar to resemble snowballs.
Other Snowball cookies names that you might have heard before include:
- Russian Tea Cakes
- Wedding Cookies
- Butter Ball Cookies
Snowball Cookies No Nuts
Although many traditional recipes often included chopped nuts in them, I chose to omit nuts for this snowball cookie recipe because so many people have nut allergies.
Also my husband dislikes nuts and I personally think the mini chocolate chips taste heavenly in this cookie.
What are Snowball Cookies made of?
These Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are made with just a few, simple ingredients including:
- Powdered Sugar
- Mini Chocolate Chips
Do You Have to Chill The Cookie Dough for Snowball Cookies?
The great thing about these chocolate chip snowball cookies is you don’t technically have to chill your cookie dough, but I personally recommend it.
Because these cookies are made differently without eggs, baking soda, and baking powder they don’t spread when you bake them – even with butter in them.
That said, I recommend rolling out your cookie dough balls, placing on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and refrigerating for 5-10 minutes before baking.
This helps ensure the cookies stay in a nice, puffy snowball shape when baking them.
How Do I Coat/Decorate My Snowball Cookies?
Coating these chocolate chip snowball cookies couldn’t be more simple and I personally use the bowl method.
Fill a shallow bowl with powdered sugar and while the cookies are still slightly warm from baking, roll each cookie dough ball in powdered sugar, coating each side well.
You can also roll it again in the powdered sugar after the cookies have cooled, which really gives it a pretty, snowball look.
Alternatively, if you want a more “dusted” look you can use a sifter and sift powdered sugar on the tops of your cookies. This is also pretty and a way to make these cookies with a little less sugar.
Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies FAQ’s/Answers
Why are my snowball cookies dry or crumbly?
If your dough is dry/crumbly most likely you added too much flour, powdered sugar, or didn’t mix the dough long enough.
Make sure you don’t pack your flour and powdered sugar when measuring it out, and continue mixing until a thick cookie dough is formed.
Also because this cookie dough doesn’t have any leavening and binder ingredients, it does take a few minutes to come together.
That’s why I recommend using a stand mixer for easy mixing.
Dry/crumbly dough can also happen sometimes due to the weather or humidity.
Tip: If after following the steps above your dough is still dry and crumbly, add water to your batter 1 tsp at a time, mixing with a spoon or your hands until the dough is a good consistency.
My snowball cookies spread – what went wrong?
If your snowball cookies spread after baking it’s likely because you didn’t use real butter or your butter was too soft/melted.
For this recipe I don’t recommend using margarine, only real butter.
If your cookie dough is a bit soft after mixing it together, place in the refrigerator for 5-30 minutes until the cookie balls are nice and chilled.
Chilling the dough will help ensure the cookies don’t spread when baking and they will bake uniformly.
The powdered sugar dissolved on my snowball cookies, what went wrong?
If the powdered sugar dissolved – you rolled your cookies in the powdered sugar too soon.
Let your cookies cool for 5-10 minutes or until they are warm to the touch and can be easily handled.
You can also roll your cookies twice, if you really want to give your cookies double the snowball appearance. 🙂
Can I Freeze Snowball Cookies?
Yes! These chocolate chip snowball cookies freeze great and can be frozen for up to 1 month.
When freezing these cookies you can freeze them 2 different ways.
- Freeze cookies without powdered sugar, and then sugar them when you thaw them out
- Freeze coated cookies and once thawed, add a little additional powdered sugar on top
More Snowball Cookie Recipe Ideas – Variations
Can I add nuts to snowball cookies? – Yes! If you prefer the nutty, traditional snowball cookies, simply add in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans.
Can I add sprinkles to snowball cookies? Yes! If you’re making these snowball cookies with your kids or for a fun Christmas party, feel free to add in 1/4 cup of your favorite festive-colored sprinkles to add some color. These would also be fun with confetti sprinkles for a birthday party.
Can I switch the chocolate chips with something else? Yes! Feel free to use your favorite chocolate chips. I think caramel chips would be yummy!
Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies Recipe (No Nuts)Print
Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are sweet, buttery, delicious cookies that melt in your mouth! These snowball cookies are nut-free, egg-free, and so easy to make!
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp self-rising flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar, for rolling
- Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl combine butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla and mix until fluffy.
- Next, add in salt and flour a little at a time until the dough forms. If you are using a hand mixer, this can take a few minutes so continue mixing until it reaches a dough consistency. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Next, use a small cookie scoop to form about 1 tablespoon size balls of dough. Place on your parchment lined baking sheet and (if needed) refrigerate for 5-10 minutes. Because these cookies don’t spread, you can place them close together. I was able to bake all 14 cookies on one sheet.
- Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes in a preheated oven, until the bottom of your cookies are a light golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, or until they are still warm and you can handle them.
- Place 1/4 cup of powdered sugar in a shallow bowl and roll each cookie in the sugar until well coated. If desired, you can coat the cookies again after they have cooled, or if you want less powdered sugar on them, use a sifter and sift on top of the cookies only.
- Enjoy these cookies warm and store any leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
*Make sure to not pack your flour and powdered sugar for this recipe, otherwise your dough will turn out too dry/crumbly. See my tips in the FAQ’s/Answers section above.
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Other Cookie Recipes You’ll Love
- Mom’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Delicious Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies
- Easy Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies
- Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
- Magical Peanut Butter M&M Cookies
- Easy M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies
Hope you enjoyed my recipe for The Best Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies! Have you ever made/ate a Snowball Cookie? Do you love them too? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for stopping by! – Cara
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