Nutella Hazelnut Stuffed Snowball Cookies



A twist on these holiday classic snowy shortbread-style cookies stuffed with Nutella and a Toasted Hazelnut.


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Have I given you dessert overload yet?

Hehe, I think that’s how my friends felt when they saw the platters of treats I brought to the Christmas party on the weekend.


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I promise, I am almost done with sharing all these desserts – at least for a little while since I won’t be posting much if at all next week :)

I just had to share these holiday classic cookies that go by a few different names:

Mexican Wedding Cookies, Butterballs, Russian Tea Cakes- but to our family, we have only ever known them as Snowballs.


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They remind me of Christmas and to me a holiday cookie platter just wouldn’t be complete without one of these buttery melt in your mouth shortbread cookies tossed in icing sugar.

They are easily adaptable to your personal taste so you can choose to use any type of nuts you prefer or even leave them out.

Or you can even stuff them with frozen Nutella portions like these, and add a toasted Hazelnut so that they resemble a Ferrero Rocher.




And just for fun since I know I’ve been sharing a lot of other Biscoff treats, I stuffed a few with Biscoff.


Any way you decide to make them, they will surely make an impact on any cookie platter.


Enjoy and hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Simply Gloria

I won’t be making an appearance on here until after the holidays so -

I am wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

May you and your loved ones stay warm and safe and enjoy lots of laughter and great food during the holiday season :)




Nutella Hazelnut Stuffed Snowball Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Around 18-20 larger snowball cookies

Nutella Hazelnut Stuffed Snowball Cookies

A twist on these holiday classic snowy shortbread-style cookies stuffed with Nutella and a Toasted Hazelnut.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans or nuts of your choice (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts work well too)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar, sifted for rolling cookies
  • **Optional Suffing
  • Nutella, frozen into 1/4 teaspoon portions
  • Toasted Hazelnuts - around 20
  • Biscoff - frozen into 1/4 teaspoon portions


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out 1/4 teaspoon portions of Nutella or Biscoff and drop onto baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the freezer for at least an hour. IMG_0635.jpg
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted or in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and 1/2 cup of the icing sugar until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add in vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  5. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in the flour and salt. Mixing until just combined.
  6. Mix in the pecans until just combined.
  7. You can chill dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes if it is too soft to handle.
  8. Roll into balls with a large cookie scoop or about 2-3 tablespoons and place on prepared baking sheet.
  9. If filling with Nutella or Biscoff, flatten ball of dough with your hands. Place the frozen Nutella or Biscoff portions into the middle. IMG_0637.jpg IMG_0638.jpg
  10. Add the toasted hazelnut on top of the filling. Press the sides together and roll to form a sealed ball of dough. Place on prepared cookie sheet. IMG_0640.jpg IMG_0641.jpg
  11. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes until bottoms are just slightly brown - rotating pans halfway through. Be careful not to over-bake.
  12. Remove from oven and cool on baking pan for about 2-5 minutes until you can handle them comfortably with your hands.
  13. Sift 1/3 cup icing sugar into a medium bowl. While cookies are still warm, roll them in icing sugar. Place cookies on cooling rack, once they have cooled completely, roll them in icing sugar again.
  14. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.


The amount of cookies you end up with will depend on the size that you roll your Snowball Cookies. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

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Adapted from: Brown Eyed Baker




  1. Sarah - Bread & Batter says:

    I love snowball cookies, they are my favorite holiday cookies! Love that you stuffed them – they sound magnificent! Like heavenly clouds :)

  2. All my family wants for dessert for Christmas is a cookie platter – and I have been looking for a snowball cookie recipe to share – and I think I found it! These look lovely Kelly! And the nutella/biscoff/hazelnut stuffing is brilliant! I think I might make some with a “mincemeat” stuffing and “jam” stuffing too – thanks bunches for the recipe!

    • Thanks so much Shashi, I’m so glad you like these :) Oh, mincemeat or jam stuffing sounds fantastic too, you are brilliant :) Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead Shashi!

  3. Another lovely looking cookie! I think you deserve your week off next week :D I love mexican wedding cookies / snowballs, whatever you want to call them they are scrummy. Just in case you don’t post anything next week have a lovely Christmas Kelly and all the best to your family :)

    • Thank you so much Emma, you are always so sweet :) I may make one final appearance on here before the holidays but if I don’t, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and all the best to your family and loved ones as well:) *hugs*

  4. Oh gosh I love snowball cookies AND nutella. These sound like quite the cookie, thanks for this recipe Kelly!

  5. Awww! No post for awhile I am gonna miss all the goodies.. Nutella stuffed snowballs!!! Gosh they sound like a wonderful treat! Great for family and friends :) Kelly I hope you have a wonderful Christmas :)

    • Hehe, you are always the sweetest Shundara :) I may make one final appearance on here before the holidays but in case I don’t, I hope you have an amazing Christmas and all the best to you, Josh and all your loved ones :) *hugs*

  6. Oh, Kelly, these are killing me! I’ve always made Greek butter cookies every year, which are basically snowballs, and I love them! With Nutella and a hazelnut, I might pass out with happiness — these look amazing!

    • Hehe, you are so sweet and too funny :) Thanks so much Marcie, I’m glad to hear you like them :) Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. All these Nutella and Biscoff treats are killing me, Kelly! I want to sample them all!

  8. We’ve always called them snowballs too! That’s what my grandma always called them and I can’t imagine calling them anything else! I have never stuffed them though! I clearly need to change that! We’re making a batch once I get to my parent’s house for Christmas – hopefully my mom has either nutella or cookie butter on hand : )

    • Hehe, yes, our neighbors used to bring us a wonderful cookie platter every Christmas and we have always called them snowballs since that is what they called them too :) Either way, they taste fantastic stuffed or unstuffed :) Hope you have a great time making these at your parents house during Christmas, it sounds like it will be lots of fun :) Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead sweetie!

  9. So many names for these but I love the sound of “snowballs”! I’ve thought about making these but have still not gotten around to it. I’m not even sure I’ve ever had one, which means it’s not the type of cookie you usually get unless it’s homemade – so all the more reason to make them at home! You are a genius to stuff them – and with nutella and hazelnut at that. You have stolen my heart! : ) xo

    • My childhood neighbors used to always bring us a yummy assortment of cookies and treats every Christmas and these snowballs were always on the platters:) Aaw thanks so much Monica, you are always so sweet :) Hope you get to try making them if not for the holidays then even after, they are wonderful stuffed or unstuffed :) Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo

  10. I love that these cookies have nuts and nutella hiding inside. And I could never have a dessert overload :)
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  11. These look so delicious!! I love Ferrero Rocher chocolates!! This is like that in cookie form!! YUMMMMM!

    • Thank so much Cailee, yes, they definitely reminded me of Ferrero Rocher chocolates hehe. Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend and holiday with your family Cailee :)

  12. These are so cute Kelly! And they totally do remind me of Christmas. Love how you can customize these cookies. I especially like the ones stuffed with Nutella or Biscoff –yum! And I gladly welcome dessert overload anytime. :) Happy Friday! If you’re not around next week, I hope you and your family have Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! xo :)

    • Aaw thank you so much sweetie, I may make one final appearance on here before the holidays but if I don’t, I hope you, Chris and your family have a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of laughter and good food and all the best for the New Year! :) *big hugs*

  13. Kelly, no such thing as a dessert overload! I’m all about the sweets. Especially how you made these with a little secret inside! (=
    Gloria @ Simply Gloria recently posted…Fudge On The Rocks

    • Aaw, thanks so much my sweet friend :) So glad to hear you like them. Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the holidays so far with your beautiful family :) xo

  14. Snowballs are a favorite, but Nutella stuffed? Be still my heart, I am in love!

  15. What a fun twist on a classic cookie!! To be pleasantly surprised with a nutella stuffing is quite creative!!

  16. Oh my goodness! These are just too cute…and too delicious too! Thank you for sharing them!
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  17. Ohmahgosh! Kelly, this is just pure genius! Love it, love it, love it! I agree with you 100 percent…a Christmas cookie tray is really lacking if there are no melt-in-your-mouth buttery-nutty shortbread cookies called Snowballs! We call them Russian Teacakes or Snowballs in our family. I’ve made them with cocoa and we call them Dirty Snowballs, LOL! Love the Nutella and Biscoff fillings. Cannot wait to make! Thanks ever so much for sharing, girl. Best wishes to you and your family for a meaningful and joyous Christmas holiday! xo

    • Aaaw, you are so sweet, thanks so much Stacy, I’m so glad you like them :) Lol, Dirty Snowballs sounds awesome, I would love to try making cocoa ones :) Thanks so much sweetie, wishing you, your family and loved ones a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of great food and good company and all the best for the coming new year! xo

  18. snowball cookies stuffed with nutella and hazelnuts…..dreamy delicious treat,got hooked to this sensational idea,thanks so much for sharing :-)

  19. These nutella cookies look delightful, I love the snow coating on these cookies :)

  20. There is nothing like dessert overload. I love your holiday recipes!! These snowballs look amazing stuffed with nutella and hazelnuts

    • Thanks so much Zainab, so glad you like them :) I love your holiday recipes too, they’re gorgeous! Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend sweetie :)

  21. Umm, YES!! I just bought another container of Nutella :D which would be perfect for making these. They look so good, what a great Christmas idea!

  22. Never thought to stuff snowball cookies before! What a brilliant idea!

  23. I love a traditional snow ball cookie but you’ve taken it to the next level! Nutella is awesome with anything. :) Yummaaay!

    • Thanks so much Tina :) Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season with your family and loved ones! xo

  24. Snowball cookies are one of my holiday must-eats. Fun twist with the nutella!
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  25. The nutella hazelnut inside looks amazing!

  26. Stuffed snowballs? Amazing cookies, Kelly!!! Merry Christmas to you, too!!!

  27. I’d call that a Super Twist! These snowballs look too yummy :) ela. Merry Christmas!

  28. I always like a little chocolate with my desserts so I love the twist you’ve done here on the classic snowball. And not only nutella, but toasted hazelnuts too! Girl, you’ve gone over the top with these cookies and I’m seriously wishing I had one for breakfast right now!! Dessert overload is expected and necessary during Christmas time. :) Have a safe and happy holiday, stay warm. :)

  29. This is a great idea, Kelly. They’re so pretty, could be a great cookie for a Cookie swap!

  30. I just made some Nutella Bow Tie cookies, but I think I like these Nutella Snowball cookies even better! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas Kelly!

  31. You know, I do not like hazelnuts but I love Nutella! I think I would make these exactly like you did, minus the little hazelnut. Cause these cookies look darn good, Kelly! Pinning this one. Have a wonderful week and a great holiday! :)

  32. I have to run to the gym and workout an extra hour or two so I can make these and eat them. They look out of this world. Have a wonderful Christmas

  33. Wow, these cookies look fabulous Kelly, love the idea of nutella in it…
    Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year dear :D

  34. I’ve never had snowball cookies but they look fantastic! All of your stuff always looks fantastic! :)

  35. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :) ela

  36. I love snowballs though I must say that your version looks and sounds much much better! I adore that nutella filling, oh gosh. These look truly scrumptious!
    Merry Christmas! xo

  37. Wow, what a creative of you my friend…
    never even thought i can filled my cookies with nutella, great job!
    Merry christmas and happy holidays!!!
    God blessed you all the way my friend……

  38. Speaking of Nutella, I just saw a massive jar of Nutella at galeries lafayette in Paris. It is five times as big as the original jar. I wish I have taken a photo for you! The cookies remind me of Mexican Wedding Cookies ;) plus the styling makes it all christmassy – snowballs! Neat step-by-step photos, I would love to do a stuffed cookie! Hope you had a wonderful holidays! Wishing you and your beautiful family a Happy New Year, Kelly!

    • Wow, I would have loved to see a picture of that, although a bigger jar of Nutella would be dangerous lying around in my house hehe. Thanks so much my dear and hope you had a wonderful holiday season too! Happy New Year sweetie :)

  39. I LOVE this idea! Snowball cookies are such a holiday staple, but you’ve taken them to a whole new level! :D :D :D
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  40. Oh my YES I could totally get down with these cookies. I love Nutella and life is never to full of dessert! Have a Happy New Year!

  41. Kelly – just popping by to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

    • Thanks so much Jeanette :) Sorry, just settling in from the holidays and responding to comments now. Hope you and your family had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season and Happy New Year!

  42. I love the fact that these are filled with such a fun surprise! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever, Kelly! Pinning!!

  43. I love this idea! it’s so clever. Actually reminds me of the Ferraro balls with the nutella and chocolate! Pinning!

    • Thanks so much Layla, so glad you like it :) It really did taste like the Ferraro Rocher chocolates hehe. Thanks so much for pinning too my dear :)

  44. There is no such thing as dessert overload, especially if it includes Nutella!!


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