Cherry Snowball Cookies
What’s better than shortbread cookies? Cherry Snowball Cookies with chocolate chips and maraschino cherries of course! These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are made with plenty of cherry flavor, rolled in powdered sugar, and have such an addicting rich taste yet retain just the right amount of flavorful buttery pecan crunch that they are popularly known for. We love to dip the cookies into a cup of homemade hot chocolate.
Servings 44 cookies
Calories 179 kcal
1½ cups butter, at room temperature salted or unsalted works ¾ cup powdered sugar ½ cup granulated sugar 1 tsp salt 1½ tsp almond extract 1½ tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp cherry extract or emulsion see notes ½ cup maraschino cherries drained well 1 cup pecans finely ground 4½ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 1½ cups powdered sugar dusting
Beat butter, powdered sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy; about 5 minutes. Mix in salt, almond extract, vanilla extract, and cherry extract (if using) Drain cherry juice. Chop cherries. Remove as much of the liquid as possible with paper towels. Add to bowl and mix. Mix in finely ground pecans. Slowly beat in flour, ½ cup at a time until incorporated. Slowly mix in or stir in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough 30 minutes to 1 hour. This will make the dough easier to work with. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 1½ tbsp dough and roll into a round ball. TIP: If using a cookie scoop and the dough is sticky, dip it in a bowl of powdered sugar between each scoop. Place on baking sheet spaced 1-inch apart. Bake in oven 15-17 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Roll cookies in powdered sugar. TIP: I coat mine a second time after they have completely cooled. Store in an air-tight container. Calories: 179 kcal | Carbohydrates: 22 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 127 mg | Potassium: 50 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 11 g | Vitamin A: 281 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 10 mg | Iron: 1 mg