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Nutella Stuffed Snowball Cookies are perfect for your Christmas cookie tray!

Chocolate Snowball Cookies

A twist on these holiday classic snowy shortbread-style cookies with a surprise Nutella filling inside.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Holiday
Keyword christmas cookie recipe, nutella cookies, nutella dessert recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 snowballs
Calories 274 kcal


  • 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread OR Nutella
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour measured correctly - spoon & level method
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans or nuts of your choice
  • more powdered sugar for rolling cookies about 1/3 - 1/2 cup


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Scoop sixteen 1/3 - 1/2 teaspoon sized balls of chocolate hazelnut spread and place them on the baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, line another large (or two medium) baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer or using your hand mixer, cream butter, and sugar together, until light and fluffy - about 3-4 minutes. Add vanilla and slowly add flour and mix until just combined. Fold in chopped pecans. beating at low speed, scraping bowl as necessary, until well mixed.
  4. Scoop out ONE tablespoon sized dough balls and flatten in your palm. Place ONE frozen chocolate ball and place into the middle of each dough ball. (Work with one frozen chocolate ball at a time and keep the rest in the freezer so they stay frozen)

  5. Add another ONE tablespoon of cookie dough on top and press the sides together and wrap dough around and roll into balls.
  6. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used up. Chill entire baking sheet in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  8. Bake cookies for 14-15 minutes until bottoms are just slightly brown - rotating pans halfway through. Be careful not to over bake.

  9. Remove from oven and cool on baking pan for about 2 minutes until you can handle them comfortably with your hands.
  10. Meanwhile, sift 1/3 cup powdered sugar into a medium bowl. While cookies are still warm, roll them in powdered sugar. Place cookies on a cooling rack, once they have cooled completely, roll them in powdered sugar again.

  11. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

Recipe Notes

  • The number 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.
  • Cookie base adapted from Land O Lakes
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Snowball Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 360IU7%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.