Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

I have lots of snowball cookies on this blog, in a wide variety of flavors, but these Double Chocolate Snowballs are 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 Cookie recipe. Except if 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 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. Find them at most grocery stores!

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Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

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.)


You can use either regular unsweetened cocoa powder (any brand) or Hershey's Special Dark Unsweetened Cocoa, which is what I used.

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  1. Yum! These look great for the holidays! I hate talking on the phone and definitely prefer a text. I don’t even own a land line phone! 

  2. I don’t like answering the phone unless the caller ID says it is someone I know. That goes for both work and at home. If rather respond to an email! I love your snowball recipes – bring them on!

  3. These look awesome! Love the chocolate chips and that they’re nut free 🙂

  4. I have never had a snowball cookie. Can you believe that?! These look great, they would be perfect Christmas cookies!

  5. I’m an email girl. Phone calls are exhausting. And texting could work, but I usually have too much to say. Being a loudmouth is tough. 🙂
    And no, I don’t want solar. I wish they’d stop calling!
    Making chocolate a factor in my most favorite cookie ever is insanely wonderful. I can’t wait to try!

  6. I believe you love crumble? Off topic but you’re welcome 😛

  7. they remind me of Christmas.. Yummy! 🙂

  8. I love the chocolate spin on classic teacakes!

    home answering machine  <—- I bet you could sell that on ebay as an antique 🙂 Sorry, had to 🙂

  9. If I could only have one treat for the rest of my life, I’d be all set if I had snowball cookies. I can’t wait to try these!

  10. You are the snowball cookie QUEEN!!!

  11. Oh my goodness…these look so tasty and sound so simple! Pinned!

  12. I have to try these!  I prefer the phone, and it’s my primary way to communicate with my family and my old friends, but with newer friends, and school-related people, it’s mostly e-mails, but a few texts, too.  I hope people a generation from now can still hold a conversation!

  13. I agree with Laurie…will people even know how to have a conversation in the future? There is something about hearing the tone of voice while having a conversation that is almost as good as being together.
    Anything double chocolate is a win in my book. When I saw the title I was expecting to see them covered in Nestlé’s Quick cocoa powder. Something else to try?? 🙂

  14. Lol! I’m the same way – I feel so inconvenienced when someone leaves me a VM. I’m like… ugh, I don’t want to have to check it. Haha! I just clipped a really similar recipe today from a magazine and am so excited to try them, and then here are gorgeous pics of your version. They look totally incredible!

    • Right? Like, gah, now I have to listen to the VM AND call back. And people don’t ever leave info on VM. It’s all “just call me!” and I bang my head against the wall wondering WHY. 🙂

  15. Isn’t texting the best way to communicate for introverts! I am one too and just the thought of dialling a number to make a call makes me nervous! Technology somewhat scares me these days! 

    These snowball cookies look SOOO good! I love that it uses cocoa powder and chocolate chips because there is nothing better than double chocolate! Yum! 

  16. I am ALL about texting – give me a quick text over a phone call any time!  And while you are at it, can I have one of these delectable snowball cookies, too?  🙂

  17. You’re offish the snowball QUEEN! I love these double chocolate snowballs. I never thought to add chocolate to my classic snowball recipe, but this is SO BRILLIANT.

    Also, texting and calling for me. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to text, or it’s too long what I’m going to say, so I just call hella quick. I won’t keep ya on the phone for hours, either – promise! 

  18. I’m so in love with these snowball cookies!!!!  So fun and right on time too!

  19. I absolutely love this cookie! I have been making them since childhood, (the Russian tea cake variety, of course.) Back then we did not have a magician like you to help us reinvent them! I do have a quick question, how long should the dough be chilled? Thanks for another fun, and yummy post!

    • Me too, it’s my mom’s favorite cookie! You shouldn’t need to chill the dough – I’ve never had too – but if it’s too soft to roll (because your butter was too soft) then just until you’re able to scoop it. Probably no more than 15-30 minutes, if at all.

  20. I’m def a texter and hate talking on the phone. I only talk to my mom because she hates texting. These little balls of chocolate yumminess are calling my name! 😮

  21. Dorothy the telemarketers got my cell number too!!! They call me all the time it’s driving me crazy!! Sounds like I need to stuff 12 of these cookies in my mouth. 

  22. For Christmas I want a basket of snowball cookies – these ones must happen SOON. I feel like we have been friends forEVER and I’ve maybe talked to you on the phone…twice??? Probably because I thought my whining wouldn’t be properly communicated via text 😉 I hope my boys still want to talk to me when they’re older…I’ll bribe them with cookies like these 🙂

  23. You just made my favorite holiday cookie EVEN MORE AMAZING! wow!

  24. Dorothy – I mostly text nowadays, but I make exceptions for my best friend, Olivia, and sister. Sometimes, it’s easier to catch up over the phone. Now, these double chocolate snowball cookies are something to talk about. I’m drooling!

  25. Ooooh these look so yummy and rich!!  I have yet to make a snowball, blogger shame right there!  I really only talk to family on the phone and text the rest as well.  We have a house phone and I so wish we could get rid of it because all that call it are telemarketers!  But now they are calling cell phones.  

  26. The thought of Jordan sending you a snap to contact you from upstairs totally made me laugh out loud… I can actually see her doing that. The camera loves her, even if it’s just one on a phone! And I loved your snap last week of the powdered sugar. I always feel the same way — it gets EVERYWHERE! Was that for making these cookies?? They look insanely rich and chocolaty — just my type of cookie!

  27. HAAHA! You’ve seen the size of my house, but we are totally guilty of texting and face timing from different rooms. Also theses cookies, YES! 

  28. I’m always so sad when a telemarketer calls my cellphone! How do they get cell phone numbers?!

  29. how do I prefer to be contacted by someone? it depends on who it is! 🙂 most of the time, it’s email and text and phone calls still with family and close friends ..  i still like to pick up the phone and have a conversation! 🙂 Snowball cookies are one of my holiday faves!!! I love these!

  30. I love snow ball cookies, and these chocolate ones look like they would be my favorite version ever!

  31. Definitely texting …. my emails are overflowing and if you call, there’s a 99% chance that I won’t answer. These Double Chocolate Snowballs need to be on my Christmas cookie list this year! 🙂

  32. Hi Dorothy, the cookies came out really well! Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful recipe. 🙂

  33. I love your obsession with snowballs!!!  Keep them coming!  The funny thing about these is that I actually made a similar cookie last year…but then my computer was stupid and died taking along so many pictures.  They are on my winter baking list again this year. And the phone thing…yeah, I never answer mine.  LOL!  It bugs my hubby so much!

  34. I want to freeze a bunch of these for Christmas trays. Do I still roll in sugar while cooling and then again when I remove them from the freezer or do I not roll in powdered sugar at all until after freezing?

  35. I haven’t made these yet but I know from experience that you can’t roll anything in powdered sugar if it’s the slightest bit warm. It just melts and gets gooey! Anything I bake get powdered sugar well after it’s cooled! 

    • That’s why I do a double roll! But even if they are warm (which, actually these were – no double roll) the powdered sugar stays intact if you’ve rolled it good enough. I’ve been making these for years the same way!

  36. I am a text girl all the way. I take serious offense to being called on the phone 😉 I love snowball cookies, but for me chocolate is the be all end all for dessert. Perfect recipe!

  37. i made these and followed all the directions but when i took them out of the over then were completely melted! 🙁 what did i do wrong……so disappointed  

    • It sounds like you didn’t use enough flour. Did you use the entire amount listed in the directions? Or, possibly your butter was too soft (almost melty?) when you were making them? Were the balls to sticky or were you able to handle them okay before you baked them?

  38. Deep question.  😉  It honestly depends on my mood, but I’m pretty sure I usually prefer texting.  I picture the Wall-E movie… will society get to a point where we don’t use our voices and have different looking fingers because we text and email all the time?  Food for thought.  😉
    Anyway, I made these cookies last weekend and followed the recipe exactly.  They are freaking delicious.  I blogged about them:

    Thank you so much for sharing an awesome recipe!  🙂

  39. I made these last night. I followed the recipe exactly but the end product was so loose ( it looked like you just poured cake mix from the box) nothing came together. I wondered if you forgot to list eggs in the recipe? So I added 2 eggs and then it came together like it should have. They tasted okay but def won’t make these again.

    • This cookie is more of a shortbread cookie, so it does not need eggs. How soft was your butter? Did you add any other liquid? Adding eggs to loose liquidy batter would not firm it up, the opposite would occur. As written, the dough for this recipe is quite stiff, like shortbread cookie dough. If you followed the recipe exactly (before adding eggs), and it was too soft, it could be that your butter was very soft/melted? In that case, you’d need to chill the dough. The butter needs to be softened, as for a normal cookie, when starting, but not liquidy. Otherwise, there is no other liquid in this recipe other than vanilla, so I’m not quite sure how you got a cake batter consistency.

      • You misunderstood everything I wrote. I said it came out dry not liquidy. That’s why  I said it looked like it came from a box cake mix  not batter, so you’d know how dry it was. That’s why I specified that, so you’d know it wasn’t a batter consistency. Butter was fine, room temp. Def wasn’t wet, that’s why I added the eggs . Oh well. Thanks anyways.
        sorry for the confusion. 

      • Okay, so I read loose as in liquidy! In that case, too much flour was added. How do you measure your flour? Do you spoon it into the measuring cup or scoop it? If you are scooping it, there is a chance you’re packing it, which will add too much, making it dry.

  40. …can we use coconut flour instead of cake flour … and if so how much coconut flour can we use?

  41. i’m hoping someone will reply tonight.  i’m planning to make these tonight or tomorrow morning.  i just need to know approximately how many cookies the recipe yields.  thanks!

  42. Oh. My. God.
    I just found out your blog and I believe this is paradise.
    I am struggling with depression and sweet, buttered, chocolate-flavoured treats are some of the best things to keep me up. (Luckily I can eat whatever I want and won’t put on weight.)
    I was reluctant to get out of bed today, but I ran out of butter and cocoa powder and cannot resist the urge to bake those… so I’m gonna go to the grocery store and stuff these in my face!
    Thank you so much for brightening my day!

    • Hi Lulu! Thank you so much for reading and I’m glad my blog made you happy today! I’m so sorry you’re suffering, depression is the worst. Cookies are a great self-medicator but please, if you haven’t already, try and find some help from a doctor too. Also – no gaining weight? GIRL, that is something to be happy about! 🙂

      • Just finished my cookies! I’m waiting for them to cool down and they look great! I do have medical attention, and am on antidepressant drugs, but hey, chocolate can only make it better 😉
        as well as my mom and her awesome cooking skills and my extra-supportive-boyfriend.

  43. Hi there. I just made these cookies, and they are kind of flavorless. I followed the recipes exactly, but I feel like there’s not enough sugar in them…? They just taste like unsweetened cocoa, which is not very delicious. Did I miss a step somewhere to sweeten them up?

  44. Is there anyway to cut the butter contact in half? … I know it sounds stupid but just asking because I don’t usually eat butter and i always use oil in cookies but obviously it wouldn’t work here … thanks you:) 

  45. I have made Russian Tea Cakes all my life.  This dough was extremely dry.  How did you compensate for the added cocoa powder?  I reread the recipe a couple of times to see if I had missed an ingredient or mismeasured.  If you have any suggestions for making a dough that sticks together better, I would appreciate them.  Thank you.

  46. You can make these triple chocolate by mixing some cocoa power in with the powdered sugar….

  47. I think the recipe should be 2 cups of flour to compensate the extra 1/4 cup cocoa powder or the dough won’t come together? I believe it’ll help the dough hold up better, don’t you think?

    • If the dough won’t come together with the recipe as written, there is a chance that the flour has been packed when measuring. That’s the most common complaint I get on all my snowball recipes.

  48. My thought was if the original Russian tea cake recipe called for 2 1/4 cups of flour, by adding another 1/4 cup of any dry ingredient will make the recipe drier and you would need something like extra butter or cutting 1/4 cup of another dry ingredient to get the cookie to hold up better. Maybe that’s why there are complaints as to why the cookie batter isn’t coming together, rather than possibly packing the flour. Most of us don’t pack flour if we’ve baked before. Anyway, just thought this tip would help others get their cookies to come together easier and not crumble apart.

  49. Thanks so much for sharing these recipes. Our kids just made the double chocolate snowballs for a party and for a picnic post they wrote. xo, Wondermint Kids

    p.s. Here’s the post if you’d like to check it out. There are two links to two of your recipes:

  50. Since finding this recipe two weeks ago, I have made it three times! I have never had Russian tea cakes, but I have seen them, and this particular recipe appealed to me (which is a bit weird because I am not a chocolate lover). They are delicious – surprisingly not overly sweet considering the powdered sugar and chocolate chips. It must be the dark chocolate that balances everything perfectly. Now I can’t wait to make the pumpkin spice snowballs. Thanks for a great addition to my dessert arsenal.

  51. 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.

  52. 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).

  53. 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

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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. 

  57. 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.

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