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The Snowball just got stuffed! These Stuffed Snowball Cookies are filled with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! They start with my mom’s favorite snowball cookie recipe and I stuff them with candy; there’s not much better than that!

If you’re looking for an easy Christmas cookie, look no further!


Reese's Stuffed Snowballs |

Snowballs. Butterballs. Russian Teacakes. Mexican Wedding Cookies. I never know what to call these cookies. The have so many names it’s like they’re felons or something.

I grew up eating these cookies at Christmas, but then I did them one better I added peanut butter cups.

These cookies have a secret: they’re stuffed.

With Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Oh, yes I did.

They are buttery, nutty, sugary cookies stuffed with a peanut butter cup and rolled in more sugar.

Reese's Stuffed Snowballs |

Snowball cookies are probably the easiest ever Christmas cookie. I make them all year (hello Funfetti Wedding Cookies and Chocolate Chip Snowballs) because Christmas isn’t the only holiday that should get all the fun. I know that Christmas is the traditional time to make these cookies because they’re dusted white with powdered sugar, making them look like a snowball in winter.

My mom’s recipe for Russian Teacakes is what I base all my snowball cookie recipes off of. It’s an easy dough with just a few ingredients and it’s heavenly!

Let’s talk about how to make snowball cookies for a minute:

  • There is no egg in this dough; it’s a butter cookie that’s kind of like shortbread.
  • I use powdered sugar NOT granulated sugar in the recipe.
  • Mixing takes a long time if you’re doing this by hand or with a hand mixer. A stand mixer will get it mixed in just a few minutes.

Can you make snowball cookies without nuts?

Yes you can! I’ve skipped the nuts in my snowball cookies with chocolate chips and my strawberry snowballs. If you have an allergy you can definitely make snowball cookies with no nuts.

If you add nuts, I prefer pecans but you can also use walnuts.

For these snow ball cookies, I’m showing you how to STUFF them with candy!

You can use any kind of candy, but I love using Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. But – you can also use Hershey’s Kisses or Rolos or any other kind of similar sized candy.

Here’s how you stuff them:

Snowball cookies stuffed with Reese's peanut butter cups

Mix up your dough and unwrap your candy.

how to make stuffed snowball cookies

Take 1 tablespoon of dough, flatten it, add your candy, then top it with another tablespoon of dough. Roll into a ball and bake.

Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Cups. *Swoon*

These are easy to make and easy to eat!

Can you freeze snowball cookies?

Yes you can! I do it all the time. Once they’re cooled, just freeze them like I describe in my post about freezing desserts. When you defrost you may just need to roll them in powdered sugar again.

If you love snowball cookies be sure to check out my ultimate guide of snowball recipes!

Remember: if your dough isn’t mixing up KEEP MIXING. That’s the most common complaint I get, that the dough is crumbly. It’s because you have to KEEP MIXING.

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Servings: 24 cookies

Stuffed Snowball Cookies

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
If you love snowball cookies, these STUFFED SNOWBALLS are the perfect addition to any cookie platter. The basic recipe is stuffed with a peanut butter cup!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter — softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts — pecans, walnuts, or almonds
  • 24 miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — or other small candy of your choice, unwrapped
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar for rolling


  1. Preaheat oven to 375°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix butter, ½ cup powdered sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together. Stir in the nuts. If dough is too soft, chill it until you can work it easily with your hands.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and flatten with your hands. Place 1 miniature Reese’s on top. Take another tablespoon of dough, flatten it, and lay it on top the peanut butter cup. Press the sides together and roll to form a sealed ball of dough. Place on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes until bottoms are just slightly brown. Remove from oven and cool for just a minute, until you can handle them. Fill a small bowl with additional 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.)

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Recipe Notes

If you're using salted butter, reduce the salt in the recipe to 1/4 teaspoon.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 cookie) — Calories: 176, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 505mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Protein: 2g

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See more of my snowball recipes here!

If you love snowball cookies, be sure to try Peppermint Pecan Snowballs, Chai Spiced Snowballs or others of mine:

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs

Chocolate Covered Snowballs

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Snowballs

This post was originally posted in 2011 and updated in 2018.

Reese's Stuffed Snowballs are the BEST kind of Christmas Cookie! Snowball cookies stuffed with candy - everyone loves them!

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  1. You are speaking my language here Dorothy! Sharing on Facebook today and pinning of course 😉

  2. These look wonderful Dorothy! Will have to add to my list of things to bake! thanks for sharing!

  3. You had me at Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup! That is the best kind of surprise to have inside!

  4. Pure deliciousness…I am making these guys!

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  7. These look amazing, but do you have to add nuts? We don’t eat a lot and I don’t keep any handy in my pantry. Just wondering what you thought they would taste like without them? Thanks!

  8. I’ve never had time for “War and Peace” but I think I’ll take the time for these cookies. 🙂 Thanks!

  9. We called these Rum Butter Balls because my mom’s recipe called for rum extract, but she always substituted real rum. They made the house smell like Christmas when they were baking. This version of yours looks divine and I’m looking forward to trying them–thanks for sharing!

  10. Added this amazing recipe to my holiday baking this year. It was a huge hit! Easy & delish! 5 stars

  11. What type of butter and flour do you use in this recipe?

    • Hi Ashley! I use salted butter and all-purpose flour (that’s my standard, unless otherwise noted). You can use unsalted butter, but you’ll want to add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to make up the difference. 🙂 Enjoy!

  12. My mom always made these for Christmas too and now they are my favorite. She called them snowballs and instead of nuts she put chocolate chips in the dough!

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  14. Oh my god… Just, oh my god. These are incredible. I made these as well as your Rolo Stuffed Snowballs and your Russian Teacakes, and I have to keep out of the kitchen in order to stop myself from eating the whole plate. I gotta say though, it took me a long while to roll all that dough into balls, flatten them, and sandwich a Reese’s/Rolo in there. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  15. Thumbs up! A little too dry the first time I made them, but I didn’t include the nuts.  Second time, I did include chopped pecans, decreased flour to 2 cups and baked them a few minutes less….turned out much softer.  Love them with the peanut butter cups!! I will make these every year 🙂

  16. Looks and sounds great. Gotta try them!

  17. Can these be frozen and how do you wrap them to freeze if they can be frozen?  Otherwise, we would eat them before Xmas.

  18. I cant wait to make these! All my faves in one!

  19. The cookies look amazing, gonna try em later this week! I love reading and baking, so this was the perfect post for me… I’m re-reading the southern vampire series right now. The one True Blood is based on, (Only it’s a BILLION times better of a story than that series!!)

  20. I just made these and they were amazing! 🙂

  21. Yes Pat. They can be frozen. I put mine in a plastic container with a lid. Take them out a day or two before serving.

  22. I have tried all the variations of snowballs and loved them all! I also tried one by adding apple pie spice and it was good also. Thank you so much for the delicious recipes! Keep them coming. Thank You!

  23. That looks so dilicious..I’ll try to make it this coming Dec. ,  thanks for sharing your worderful ideas!

  24. I don’t know if I did something wrong but I did not have enough dough for all 24 peanut butter cups. I could only make 17. I used 2 tablespoons for each piece as directed. Any ideas where I went wrong?

  25. Just made these and followed the recipe and the dough was really crumbley and took awhile too cook once we had it made into balls. Also the dough taste really bland. And I had to make a second batch of dough because the first batch did not make enough for 24 Reese’s cups. The only thing left out was the nuts. Big disappointment!

  26. Very easy to make, very, very delicious.

  27. Very dry and crumbly hard to even form into ball. Seems like its missing something to bind them together

  28. Everything looks good.

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  31. They are the best!

  32. I haven’t actually eaten snowball cookies before, but I do have a lot of candy lying around the house and this recipe seems the perfect way to use them up!

  33. I made these and they flattened they didn’t stay round…what did I do wrong? 

  34. They look amazing, will make them this christmas.

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