This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, read my disclosure policy.

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 cookies with half a cookie to show the inside

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 cookies with half a cookie to show the inside

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 cookie dough 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.

Want even more? Subscribe to Crazy for Crust to get new recipes and a newsletter delivered to your inbox. And stay in touch on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram for all my latest updates.

Reese's Stuffed Snowballs cookies with half a cookie to show the inside

Stuffed Snowball Cookies

4.17 from 6 votes
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!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 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


  • Preaheat oven to 375°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

If you’re using salted butter, reduce the salt in the recipe to 1/4 teaspoon.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 505mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword cookies

**Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to give it a star rating below!**

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.

Last Updated on May 13, 2020

Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

5 Secrets to BETTER Cookies
Sign up below to get my hacks for FREE!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating


  1. Made exactly 24 cookies all the same size and the dough was perfect! I followed the recipe exactly as written. I also made a vegan version with a butter alternative and vegan peanut butter cups and they were perfect too! I will definitely make these again!

  2. I followed the recipe to the T and everything came out great! Even with using an electric hand mixer. She is right just keep mixing and even with my hand mixer it wasn’t that hard and it did not take long. I didn’t have to add any additional ingredients. It didn’t make 24, but it made enough. Very happy with how they turned out.

  3. This was probably the worst recipe. Should’ve known when the flour amount was more than 2 cups. My dough was falling apart and dry. Had to add 4 tbsp of butter. Also only made 14 cookies for me.

    1. I always omit at least 1/4 c. flour in any recipe at first. You can always add it in if it looks like it needs it. Also, you often have to account for humidity, altitude, etc., in any recipe. I don’t think the recipe is horrible because you could make it work…

  4. This is a very informative content, I appreciate that author has taken time for such a unique content. Thanks

    1. I had the same issue. If you add 2-4 tbsp of softened butter and mix it in again, it’ll be good. I put on plastic gloves and hand mixed it in.