Cherry Snowball Christmas Cookies

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This post is part of a recipe exchange collaboration with some of my blogger friends. More holiday recipes galore at the end of this post! 

Every year I prepare the simplest of sweets for the holidays.  Most are no bake or with very few ingredients.  I’m not a baker but I do like to have a few homemade treats in the freezer for when guests come over.  This year I pulled out a family recipe book I have that my Aunt made for the family many many years ago.  It must have been so much work for her to put together and now that she is no longer with us I appreciate it more than ever.

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This easy holiday recipe for Cherry Snowball Christmas Cookies is from that family cookbook and was submitted by another one of my Aunties.  I’m not sure why I’ve never made them before but decided this would be the year.  Aren’t they just the cutest things and believe me when I say they were so easy to make.  No cookie cutters involved or waiting for dough to chill, whoot!

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Cherry Snowball Christmas Cookies
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 to 3 dozen maraschino cherries (drained and dried)
  • fine granulated sugar
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  2. Add the flour, salt and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Take a small amount of dough (about 1½ tsp. for each cookie) and flatten in the palm of your hand.
  4. Place a whole drained and dried cherry on the circle of dough.
  5. Cover cherry by pinching dough up and around it.
  6. Roll dough ball between hands until smooth.
  7. Bake on greased baking sheet at 325 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes.
  8. While still hot, roll in fine granulated sugar.
  9. Makes approximately 2 dozen or so depending on how big you make each ball.
  10. Freezes well.


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Are you ready for more holiday recipes?  I’m participating with some blogger friends in a fun recipe exchange that includes not only holiday sweets but savory treats as well.  Check out all the deliciousness below, yum!!!

Holiday Sweets and Savory Treats Blogger Recipe Exchange

Holiday Sweets

Nutter Butter Snowman Cookies from Mom’s Tool Box

Chocolate Chunk Toasted Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from Life Your Way

Chocolate Peanut Brittle from The Happy Housewife

Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Trifle from Mom Endeavors

Double Chocolate Candy Bar Pretzel Bark from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

Easy Black Currant Scones from Good Cheap Eats

Frozen Inspired Vanilla Raspberry Bites from Bargain Briana

Gumdrops from Hoosier Homemade

Microwave Caramel Corn from Ashley Pichea

Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies from Mommy Hates Cooking

Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow from Smockity Frocks

Sugar Cookies for Dummies from Happy Little Homemaker

The World’s Easiest Christmas Candy Ever from Money Saving Mom

Savory Treats

Bacon and Spinach Frittata Bites from Life as MOM

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus from Jo-Lynne Shane

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts from The Finer Things in Life

Black Bean and Avocado Salad from Kitchen Stewardship

Cheesy Pesto Crescent Bites from Andrea Dekker

Easy Cheesy Vidalia Onion Dip from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Homemade Sausage Balls from The Humbled Homemaker

Kale Spinach Bites from For the Love Of

Spiced Nuts from Modern Mrs. Darcy

Toasted Pecans from My Blessed Life

Trio of Cream Cheese Appetizers from Eat at Home Cooks

White Cheddar Cranberry Bites from Parenting Miracles

Merry Christmas everyone!!


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10 Responses to Cherry Snowball Christmas Cookies

  1. 1
    Amy of MomsToolbox says

    I love an easy recipe and you had me at cherry!

    What a fantastic gift your aunt left you with her collection of family recipes. I love that you are honoring both our your aunts by sharing this with us. (And I have no doubt my kids will appreciate it later this month when we give these a try!)


  2. 2
    Lynn says

    I love how easy these are to make. And they look so festive for the holidays. I think a gluten free flour blend would work in them as well too. Thanks for sharing them!

  3. 3
    Jan says

    Sounds great! How much sugar is creamed with the butter? I can’t wait to try these.

    • 3.1
      Laura says

      Sorry for the confusion, recipe all fixed up :)

  4. 4
    Kim @ Homesteader's Heart says

    I have a similar recipe but you know what’s even better than a cherry in the middle? A Hershey’s kiss. Trust me!

  5. 5
    Darcy says

    I googled these cookies and found similar ones elsewhere. It looks like you cream the 1/2 cup confectioners sugar with the butter. I think some directions just got repeated on this recipe.

    I am really looking forward to making, tasting and sharing some of these cookies. I have never seen anything like them. Thanks!

    • 5.1
      Laura says

      Sorry about that, all fixed up :)

  6. 6
    Donna says

    Sounds yummy! Was wondering how much sugar to cream with butter? I can’t wait to make these. Thank you for sharing a little piece of your family..

    • 6.1
      Laura says

      Hi Donna, sorry there was some confusion but I’ve fixed the recipe now. You would cream all the sugar with the butter. Hope you like them!

  7. 7
    Marci Loehner says

    Thank you so much for sharing at the Online Cookie Exchange Laura. I’m adding this to my freezer this weekend and will go great with my Buckeyes! Cheers!


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