101 Days of Christmas: Chocolate-Filled Snowballs

Chocolate-Filled Snowballs {101 Days of Christmas at lifeyourway.net}

Mmm, these chocolate-filled snowballs are a fun twist on our traditional walnut snowballs (also called Russian tea cakes or Mexican wedding cakes)!

The one thing I learned the hard way is that while we cook our snowballs at 300 degrees for 35 minutes, these need to be baked at a higher temperature so that they’ll cook more quickly; otherwise the chocolate ends up cooking too much, which does not taste good. But once we got that little issue ironed out, I knew these were cookies I wanted to share with you!

Chocolate-Filled Snowballs {101 Days of Christmas at lifeyourway.net}


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • pinch of salt
  • Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, set aside


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine flour, walnuts, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Mix in vanilla extract. Cut butter in little pieces and mix together until you have a coarse dough.

Add 1 tablespoon dough to your hand and set a Kiss on top. Shape the dough around the chocolate to form a ball and place on a baking sheet about 1″ apart.

Bake for 11-13 minutes until lightly browned

Let cool slightly and then roll in powdered sugar. Move to a rack to cool completely.

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Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.