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Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

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Double chocolate snowball cookies are perfect for chocolate lovers! I have lots of snowball cookie recipes on this blog, in a wide variety of flavors, but this Double Chocolate Snowball cookies recipe is my favorite…so far!


This Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies Recipe is so easy to make! The best holiday cookie, filled with rich chocolate, perfect for all year!

I’m curious. How would you prefer to be contacted by someone? Phone? Email? Text? Facebook message? I’m a total text person all the way. In fact, 99% of people that know me know not even to call me because I probably won’t answer. (AKA, the introverts mantra.)

I was having this conversation with my mom and dad the other day, about how you get ahold of people. They were trying to get ahold of someone and their voicemails and emails weren’t getting response. They don’t text, so there aren’t a lot of other options. Mel mentioned sending a Facebook message to the person and it got me to thinking:

In 10 years, will anyone even talk on the phone anymore? Will email be a thing of the past? Even texting: where will that be?

We have a home phone but the only people that call it are our parents and solar companies. Seriously – the phone rings 5 times a day. Three times a week it’s a family member. The rest is me hanging up after saying, “Hello? Hello? … HELLO? … NO I DON’T WANT SOLAR.”

Even my voicemails – I now get at least one call a day that’s a telemarketer on my cell phone. It’s really the only time it rings, and when it does ring with something important, it’s usually when I’m driving, so I don’t answer. By the time I check the voicemail it’s a week later. Moral of the story: don’t ever leave me a voicemail if it’s important.

Also: to our family members…if you leave a message on our home answering machine it’ll probably be 3 days before I think to check it.

I guess, basically, the point of this post is that communicating with my daughter when she’s older is going to be really interesting. She never wants to talk on the phone – ever. For her, it’s texting and FaceTime. In a few years she’ll snapchat me from upstairs that she needs me to bring her a glass of water.

Which is also why I’m now on snapchat. Follow me: crazyforcrust!

Really…no segue into this Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies recipe.

Unless you want to tell me how awesome they are, you can leave me a comment. I do read those!

Easy Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies Recipe

I should call this blog Crazy for Snowball Cookies. (Along with Crazy for Peanut Butter, Crazy for Cake Rolls, and Crazy for Brownies.) I mean, I make a few new versions every year and y’all love every single one.

This one? IS CHOCOLATE all the way. Double chocolate: cocoa powder in the batter and chocolate chips. Also: no nuts. Y’all with nut allergies, rejoice! NO NUTS!

All I did was take my Mom’s Russian Teacake recipe and add cocoa powder. Then I took out the nuts and added chocolate chips. Like this version and this one got married and had a baby snowball!

This classic Christmas cookie recipe is perfect for the holidays (or any time of year). You can freeze them, take them to parties, gift them. Or eat them all, I won’t judge.

This Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies Recipe is so easy to make! The best holiday cookie, filled with rich chocolate, perfect for all year!

Recipe note: I used Hershey’s Special Dark unsweetened cocoa powder in these cookies, along with mini chocolate chips. You can use your favorite unsweetened cocoa powder, but they may not turn out as dark. And I really suggest using the mini chips – these are bite sized cookies and the mini chips just fit better. You can find them at most grocery stores!

Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies
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Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
These Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies are my most favorite Russian Teacake recipe yet! They're full of rich cocoa powder and chocolate chips - NUT FREE!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter — softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder — I used Special Dark, use your favorite
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Additional powdered sugar — for rolling (about 1 - 1 1/2 cups)


  1. Preaheat oven to 375°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, cocoa, and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together. Stir in the chocolate chips. If dough is too soft, chill it until you can work it easily with your hands.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon balls of dough and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes until bottoms are just slightly brown and the tops are no longer glossy. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes, until you can handle them. Fill a small bowl with 1 cup powdered sugar and roll each cookie in the sugar until coated. Place on a rack to cool.  (Once cookies are cooled, you may want to re-roll them in more powdered sugar.)

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (2 cookies) — Calories: 179, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 828mg, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Protein: 1g

See more of my snowball recipes here!

After you make the double chocolate snowball cookies, be sure to make these, too!

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies (2 of 4)w

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs (2 of 4)w

Reese’s Stuffed Snowballs

Reese's Stuffed Snowballs (1 of 2)w

Sweets from friends:
Peanut Butter Snowballs by Six Sisters’ Stuff
Gluten-Free Orange Almond Snowballs by RecipeGirl
Pecan Snowballs by The Domestic Rebel

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  1. I made these for my husband to take to work and they were really good! I read some comments about dough being crumbly or not coming together, and it may be from not mixing all the way. My dough was crumbly at first, but I kept mixing and it came together. I kind of had to knead the chocolate chips into the dough since stiring wasnt really woking and they Baked perfectly. Will make these again.

  2. I made these because they looked so delicious! I will say that this recipe calls for WAY too much flour. It does not form a dough (even after refrigerated for one hour) rather, it makes a crumbly crust and it is very difficult to work with. I eventually was able to form balls by squeezing the crumble mixture in my hand tightly but it was very time consuming and there has to be an easier recipe recipe out there. They taste good, not worth worth the amount of work, though. 

    • Are you sure you didn’t accidentally pack the flour? I’ve made this recipe several times, and it always comes together. Depending on how you’re mixing it it may require lots of time (a stand mixer is pretty quick; a hand mixer takes a lot longer).

  3. I made these today from a recipe I found on Pinterest. The dough was not coming together, so I went on the internet to try to find the original recipe. I thought that maybe I missed an ingredient. I am so glad that I read the comments because it said you had to keep mixing. I did (it took about 5 minutes with my hand mixer), and they turned out great. They are so good and I will definitely make them again

  4. Just made these today.
    Have been cooking over 50 years.
    These didn’t work after 30 minutes with hand mixer. But I dumped it in my food processor and it came together. Messy but next time I will know. They taste great .No I didn’t pack the flour.

  5. I made these last night, without wearing my reading glasses. At first, I thought I had used too much flour because of misreading the measurements. 😂 No. It just takes a little patience for the dough to form. I used a stand up mixer and pushed the crumbles into the beaters to encourage blending. The snowballs turned out great for a holiday party and a picky teenage dessert eater even asked for the recipe! This is a keeper. Thanks!

  6. Mine are baking now! Also was having issue with dough coming together so I kneaded by hand and it worked great! Should have read comments before I started but didn’t take me long to figure out it was better by hand. 

  7. Taste is good but overall the cookie is very dry. I think if I make again I will take out at 8 min and not allow to cool on the pan.

  8. Great photograph

    They looks so delizioooozoh

  9. Super easy to make and the flavor is amazing. Only downside I find is they turned out super dry. Any suggestions?

  10. Hi , 
        Easy to make and just phenomenal.

  11. Making now left mixing in the stand mixer for a long time and it never came together. I didn’t pack the flour either. Super hard to mold too. Disappointed as these were supposed to be a gift. Just seems like too much flour.

  12. Made these for Christmas. Very delicious. I did it all by hand and it took some time for the dough to form. I also rolled the balls with my hands. At first, I cooked them for 7 minutes and couldn’t tell if they were done, so I added the extra 3 minutes. I also, waited until they were cool to roll in the powdered sugar. Will make again.

  13. I have just started baking. I just made theses cookies today, taste great but crumble in my hands….. not enough mixing?????

  14. Russian teacakes are not my favorite. They’d probably be the last cookie I’d pick up on a tray. Too dry, plus I’m not a fan of nuts…lol. Looking at your recipe and my mom’s recipe for Russian teacakes, aside from the cocoa and chips, my mom’s has a 1/4 tsp less salt. The vanilla is added after you’ve creamed your butter and powdered sugar, so there’s little difference. I’m wondering if the complaints of it being so crumbly is that it has more dry ingredients added than the original? Sometimes I swear this dang phone reads my mind or hears what I say. I was thinking last month how good a chocolate teacake would be instead of the original dry blah no flavor one, and voila, here you are. Ha

    • Oh! And my mom always said you HAD to refrigerate the dough for at least an hour. Baking them, you did it by time, not really by look, because they’re such a pale cookie. THEN, while HOT, so hot you burn your fingers, you do the first roll. That way the powdered sugar melts into the cookie. Then when cool, roll ’em again. Must do as mom says! 😊

  15. Can you add nuts to the chocolate snowball cookies?

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