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Muddy SnowballsEvery year my Mom would make a version of snowball cookies during the holidays. When I found this muddy snowballs recipe in an old Family Fun magazine, I knew my boys and I had to get into the kitchen to make them.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you know love to get my kids in the kitchen. This is the perfect recipe to make with kids of all ages. It’s really fun too.

Why? Because you get messy. Your hands will get sticky and you will have some “mud” on your counter. Don’t shy away, though, clean-up is easy.

This chocolate version is a fun twist on the traditional snowball recipe. They are rich so be sure to have either a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee or tea while you indulge.

Muddy Snowballs


      Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 8

Almond Butter Cookies from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings 
Eggnog Hugs from Making the Most of Naptime
Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel Cookies from Palatable Pastime
Kourambiedes from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Muddy Snowballs from Family Around the Table
Raspberry Coconut Cookies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal

Muddy Snowballs

Muddy Snowballs

Yield: About 4 dozen muddy snowballs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Snowball fight! Make muddy snowball with your kids!


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • ⅔ cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pecans


  • ¾ cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Stir in the melted chocolate and blend well.
  3. Add the ⅔ cup of confectioner's sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Stir in the flour and salt until smooth.
  4. Add the pecans and stir until combined. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 to 2 hours or until it is firm enough to roll into balls.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop form the dough into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on two parchment lined baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between them. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are set. Cool on the baking sheets for about 3 minutes. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  6. Meanwhile, sift together the ¾ cup confectioner's sugar and cocoa powder in a shallow bowl. Carefully dip the warm cookies into the dust, or throw them in the mud, to coat.
  7. Cool the cookies completely on a wire rack. Roll again in the cocoa-confectioner's sugar dust.


Store in an airtight container.

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Tuesday 5th of December 2017

My kids are suckers for snow balls! and they're in college! You're never too old! Thanks for sharing this one for me to try at our celebrate365 Cookie Exchange!


Friday 9th of December 2016

What's a little mud on the counter compared to a fun couple of hours with the kids?

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Friday 9th of December 2016

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Cindy Kerschner

Friday 9th of December 2016

I can never pass on a good chocolate cookie! I love the idea of making snowballs chocolate!


Thursday 8th of December 2016

I would love to have some of this mud on my counters ;-) They look great!

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