These chocolate chip snowball cookies are made with no eggs and just 6 ingredients! Simple, sweet, and utterly addictive, these buttery cookies melt in your mouth! Be sure to coat yours with a generous dusting of powdered sugar while they’re still warm for that classic “snowball” look.
Snowball cookies are my youngest sister’s favorite cookies. This recipe came from a cardboard-paged Tollhouse cookie cookbook that’s probably older than she is, and is her favorite to bake. My family has been making this recipe for so long that I don’t know how I haven’t shared it with you sooner!
While Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are great every time of the year, they are a must-serve on the holiday cookie platter, right there beside peanut butter blossoms, Snickerdoodles, and chocolate chip cookies.
The original recipe calls for finely chopped nuts, which we have always omitted because they would overwhelm these otherwise super soft cookies. The texture is perfect as is, the cookie melts in your mouth alongside melty mini chocolate chips… pure heaven in snowball cookie form.
I receive a lot of requests for egg-free baked goods, and honestly just about all of my recipes use eggs. However, these chocolate chip snowball cookies are incidentally egg-free! Which makes eating the dough by the spoonful 100% acceptable (err, not really… see my edible cookie dough post for information on the alleged dangers of eating raw flour).
These cookies have a vanilla shortbread flavor and I’m not kidding about them melting in your mouth (in true snowball fashion). The outsides become just ever-so crisp in the oven and the insides are soft with mini melty chocolate chips.
Don’t remove them from the baking sheet until they’ve cooled because they’re delicate while still warm and can just fall apart in your hands.
Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies
- 1 ½ cups unsalted butter softened (340g)
- ¾ cup powdered sugar (105g)
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose (plain) flour (375g)
- 2 cups mini chocolate chips
- Additional powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 375F (190C) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper*.
- Place butter in the bowl of a stand mixer (or you can use a large bowl and an electric mixer) and beat until creamy.
- Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt, and beat again (start on low speed and then increase to high) until the mixture is creamy and well-combined.
- Gradually add all-purpose flour until ingredients are well incorporated (be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl!).
- Add mini chocolate chips and use a spatula or your mixer on low speed to stir them into your cookie dough (dough will be stiff).
- Scoop cookie dough by approximately 1 Tablespoon and roll between your hands to form a smooth ball. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and place cookie dough balls at least 1" apart.
- Bake on 375F (190C) for 10-12 minutes or until bottom edges are just beginning to turn light golden brown.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle/sift powdered sugar overtop cookies while they are still warm.
- Allow to cool and enjoy!
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.
So easy and so yummy! 🙂
These are the best cookies! My whole family loves them. What’s the best way to store these cookies?
Hi Vee! Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. The powdered sugar may “melt” a little bit after storage, this is normal and you can always dust with additional powdered sugar later on. So glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Can you substitute regular chocolate chips?
These cookies are delish! Can I freeze the dough and bake when needed?
Sure thing! 🙂
I’m afraid these weren’t one of my favorites. They aren’t sweet enough for me, and they are messy to make with all the powdered sugar and crumbs everywhere. Still, I liked their simplicity and their appearance.
I’m so sorry to hear this Austinana! Every recipe isn’t for everyone and that’s ok. Thank you for trying it and leaving some honest feedback. 🙂
Do these freeze well? I’d like to freeze and then dust them with powdered sugar once completely thawed.
Hi Meredith! They will freeze well. Dusting them with powdered sugar after thawing is the way I’d recommend doing it. 🙂
Can I use oil to substitute for the butter?
Emily @ Sugar Spun Run
Hi Golda! That won’t work here, unfortunately 🙁
I commented a year ago, but I just had to comment again. These are probably the easiest and most foolproof of all your cookies. No egg, very simple ingredients that can all be combined with a hand mixer, a large batch (I got 52), and they taste great. I only bake one sheet at a time, so I love the fact that I can fit 21 on a sheet, since they don’t spread (they just flatten a little). If my pre-cut parchment sheets were a little wider, I would have been able to fit 27, and finished the job in two sheets (but I’m too cheap to use two parchment sheets on one pan).
Thank you so much for commenting again, Bruce! I appreciate it and I’m so glad you’ve been loving the cookies so much 🙂
Best cookies I’ve ever eaten
How long will these stay good for in the fridge?
About a week. 🙂