Chocolate Snowball Cookies Recipe (Chocolate Crinkle Cookies)

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This Chocolate Snowball Cookies Recipe is so easy, and makes moist chocolate cookies that stay fresh in an air-tight container for days!

chocolate snowball cookies on cooling rack

I seem to be coming and going a bit when it comes to being in the Christmas spirit, so I thought an hour in the kitchen baking cookies might help.

Guess what? It did.

Why This Recipe Works

These little chocolate snowball cookies (sometimes called chocolate crinkle cookies) are easy, fast, and oh so moist. It’s a recipe I found in my recipe box that was written by my husband’s aunt. I remember making them once or twice many years ago. I wanted something a little festive, hence the snowball angle, and easy too. These little cookies are both.

chocolate snowball cookies recipe

How To Make

  • Melt butter and chocolate in microwave.
  • Stir well to combine and then cool slightly.
  • In a mixing bowl beat the sugar and eggs for 2 minutes.
  • Add the butter/chocolate mixture and mix well.
  • Add remaining ingredients mixing until smooth.
  • Refrigerate cookie dough for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Put about 1 c. powdered sugar in a container with low sides.
  • Using a small 1-inch scoop, drop scoops of cookie dough into the powdered sugar.
  • Roll each scoop around until covered well, making a ball.
  • Place on cookie sheets.
  • Bake 10 minutes.
  • Remove to wire rack and cool completely.

Cake Mix Variation

This variation was left by a reader in the OSP comment section.

Use 1 devils food cake mix, two eggs, slightly beaten, 1 tablespoon of water, and 1/2 cup of shortening. I mix it with a spoon at first, and then mix with my hands to get it nice and mixed up. Roll into balls, roll into powdered sugar, and bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes.

Helpful Tips

  • Don’t skip the refrigeration step. It really makes the dough more manageable.
  • Start with heaping scoops of dough. As you are rolling the scoops in the powdered sugar, make them into a ball shape.
  • If you bake the cookies in batches, make sure to put the dough back in the refrigerator so it doesn’t get warm.
  • These cookies stay moist in an air-tight container for several days…although they probably won’t last that long!

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Chocolate Snowball Cookies

This Chocolate Snowball Cookies Recipe is so easy, and makes moist chocolate cookies that stay fresh in an air-tight container for days!
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Servings: 27 cookies
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • powdered sugar (for rolling)

Instructions

  • Add butter and chocolate to a microwave safe bowl. Cook until just melted.
  • Stir well to combine and then cool slightly. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar and eggs for 2 minutes.
  • Add the butter/chocolate mixture and mix well.
  • Add remaining ingredients mixing until smooth.
  • Refrigerate cookie dough for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Put about 1 c. powdered sugar in a container with low sides.
  • Using a small 1-inch scoop, drop scoops of cookie dough into the powdered sugar.
  • Roll each scoop around until covered well, making a ball.
  • Place on cookie sheets.
  • Bake 10 minutes.
  • Remove to wire rack and cool completely.

Notes

Store in air tight container. These cookies stay fresh and moist for several days.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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5 Comments

  1. Is it possible to use the same ingredient and have good results with Gluten- free flour? I have a family member who has celiac and can’t not have regular flour

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Angela…honestly, I am not sure. I have never baked with gluten-free flour. My best advice is to give it a try, if you don’t mind experimenting. Merry Christmas!

  2. susan gorges says:

    Thank you so much for the cookie recipes. You do a great job. I thought I would share that you can make these chocolate crinkles with a cake mix.
    Use 1 devils food cake mix, two eggs, slightly beaten, 1 Tablespoon of water, and 1/2 cup of shortening. I mix it with a spoon at first and then mix with my hands to get it nice and mixed up.

    Roll into balls, roll into powdered sugar, and bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes.

    Merry Christmas to all of you.

  3. My mom always put the dough in the fridge overnight. Keeps them from being so sticky.

  4. Sandy, My mom has made these all my life and calls them Chocolate Crinkles as well. They are one of my favorites and now one of my kids favorites!