My double chocolate snowballs recipe makes the treat that always disappears first from boxes of Christmas cookies. Maybe it’s because of the fluffy layer of powdered sugar. Maybe it’s because of the rich, tender chocolate cookies hidden inside that snow-like coating. Maybe it’s because so many cultures have cookies like this (Russian tea cookies, Mexican wedding cookies) so they are universally loved.
Or maybe it’s just because they’re downright delicious.
Whatever the reason, we can all agree that no holiday is complete without double chocolate snowballs recipe! Grab your favorite bag of chocolate chips, and let’s dive in!
From making them to eating them, there’s nothing I don’t love about my double chocolate snowballs recipe!
- Prep to done in less than an hour
- Two! Types! Of! Chocolate!
- Messy but fun to eat!
This recipe is delightfully simple — so much so that it’s one I recommend to first-time holiday cookie bakers. Make! Chill! Roll! Bake! You really can’t mess this up, promise!
Chilly Snowballs: If you can’t swing that two hour chill time, you can skip it. Just be aware that your cookies will be a bit flatter than they should be. Chilling dough works baking chemistry magic on the butter and helps the cookies have a yummier structure!
Powdered Sugar Fun: By “fun” I mean “a giant mess” — but hey, if you don’t make a mess while baking holiday cookies, did you really bake cookies? The first roll of the cookies in the powdered sugar comes when they’re still warm, so be careful not to break them (or *do* break some, ya know, just for taste testing purposes…).
And don’t skip the second roll! That gives the cookies their signature fluffy finish.
Extract That: Vanilla extract is common enough — but my double chocolate snowballs recipe calls for a holiday favorite flavor: rum extract! A lot of people cringe at adding alcohol to their baked goods, but actually, extracts all usually have an alcohol content (even vanilla!). But fear not! The alcohol always bakes off, leaving only yummy flavor behind.
Planning to make a few dozen double chocolate snowballs to store through the holidays? Need to prep the dough for a future event? I got all your storing needs right here!
Can You Freeze This?
Yes. Whether you freeze the baked cookies or the raw dough, my double chocolate snowballs recipe is very freezer-friendly!
If you bake a bunch of cookies, you can store them in the freezer for up to a year. Yes — a year. Baked cookies get along very well in the freezer! Just make sure you use an airtight container or else suffer the wrath of freezer burn.
If you premake the dough, you can store that in the freezer for up to two months. I love using this method if I know I’ll be slammed come the holidays and — you know what, I’ve got some more make-ahead tips for you. So let’s move on to:
Make Ahead Tips
Believe it or not, cookies can be make-ahead friendly! Especially if you utilize the wonders of the freezer.
Simply make the dough, skip the chilling stage, roll into balls, and set on a parchment-lined tray that fits in your freezer. Cover and freeze until solid. Then store your cookie dough balls in an airtight container.
To bake, toss them on a lined cookie sheet and bake like normal until done. Christmas never tasted so easy!
Another make-ahead trick I love with these cookies is to hold off on the final roll in powdered sugar, particularly if I know I’m taking these to a party with a lot of kids. Then I’ll bring a bowl of powdered sugar and let kids finish the final roll on their own cookies.
Messy, yes — but you should see their faces light up! And that’s what the holidays are all about, aren’t they?
How Long Can You Keep This?
Provided you don’t eat all of your double chocolate snowballs as you’re making them (I’ve “broken” a lot of them as I roll the cookies in powdered sugar…what can I say? They’re YUMMY), you can store these treats in a sealed container in your pantry for up to three months.
Two types of chocolate — what more do you need in a double chocolate snowballs recipe? Turns out, these cookies can be made even more irresistible with just a few tweaks!
Can I Add Some Mint?
I adore mint. I love growing it (it’s a natural pest repellent!). And I love the fresh, cool burst that mint flavor adds, especially in such holiday treats as chocolate mint cookies. Whether you add extract or dried, chocolate and mint flavors are a natural pair.
One of my favorite twists to my double chocolate snowballs recipe is to add chopped candy canes and turn these into chocolate peppermint cookies. Holiday perfection!
Can I Add Almonds?
One other type of cookie that my double chocolate snowballs recipe is closely related to is the delicate, lightly flavored almond crescent cookies. Pouring in a teaspoon of almond extract to make these Double Chocolate Almond Snowballs is a guaranteed way to up the yum factor.
Want a chocolate-free version? Go traditional with almond shortbread cookies!
Can I Add Chocolate Chips?
The more, the merrier!
This recipe calls for both cocoa powder and chocolate chips, thereby making it double chocolate snowballs. But what other variations are there on chocolate chip snowball cookies?
Mississippi mud cookies are a classic for a reason. Their addition of marshmallows toes the line with Rocky Road, giving an ooey-gooey twist!
Can I Turn These Into Chocolate Cookie Balls?
Another holiday classic found in every display of cookies is the reliable cookie ball! My double chocolate snowballs recipe is like the delicious marriage of oreo balls and rum balls.
But want a different alcoholic flavoring? Bourbon balls are always a crowd pleaser!
Can I Turn These Into German Christmas Cookies?
The two most popular German Christmas cookies are springerle and lebkuchen.
Springerle is made recognizable by the molds the dough is pressed into. You can easily adapt my double chocolate snowballs recipe into that by pressing the dough balls into molds of your choice.
Lebkuchen is even more traditional, incorporating lots of hearty, warm spices like anise, cloves, and ginger. You can adapt this recipe to something similar to lebkuchen by adding your choice of holiday spices!
Double Chocolate Snowballs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
- 12 ounces mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Whisk together flour, salt, and cocoa; set aside.
- Cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the vanilla and rum extract and mix. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Mix in mini chocolate chips until evenly incorporated. Cover and chill dough for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place dough on a silicone baking mat about 2 inches apart.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. When cookies are still very warm, but cool enough to handle, roll in powdered sugar. Cool cookies completely then roll cookies a second time in powdered sugar.
One type of Christmas cookie is never enough! Try these other delights:
- Chocolate Spritz Cookies – Everyone’s favorite holiday tool!
- Reindeer Rice Krispies Treats – Kids love making and eating these.
- Mexican Wedding Cookies – More! Powdered! Sugar!
- Italian Christmas Cookies – Delicately iced, wildly delicious.
- Christmas Crack – The name is enough.
My double chocolate snowballs recipe is an easy, delicious starter into the wonderful world of holiday cookies. Whether you stick to the recipe or add your own flair, your holidays are guaranteed to be good to the last crumb!