Week 4-Hot Chocolate Snowballs

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I love snowball cookies, also known as Russian Tea Cakes.  There is just something about them.  Once I start eating them I literally cannot not stop.  In fact, I had to give the last batch of these away because I was eating them all.  My kids have been very into hot chocolate recently, and I decided it would be interesting to use hot chocolate mix instead of powdered sugar in this recipe.  What I ended up with was a subtly chocolatey version of the original.  They were delicious.  Even my husband, who doesn’t love this style of cookie was hooked!  One thing I do, is that I do not keep these in a traditional ball shape.  After I roll the dough into balls I press them down with the bottom of a measuring cup.  My family likes them better that way.  I think it has to do with the proportion of powdered sugar to cookie.  Anyway, as always I hope you enjoy!



Hot Chocolate Snowballs


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup hot chocolate mix (I used Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate powder)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 &1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar to coat

What to do…

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix softened butter, 1/2 cup hot chocolate mix and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl if using a hand mixer.
  3. Add flour and salt and mix until dough comes together.  This may take a few minutes and it should have the consistency of play-doh.
  4. Shape dough into 1-1&1/2 inch balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.hot chocolate dough balls 2
  5. Using the bottom of a measuring cup or glass, press down on the dough balls to make flat.  hot coco smushed dough balls
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake-the bottoms will burn!
  7. Immediately transfer to a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  8. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar.
  9. Place back on wire rack and let cool for an additional 5 minutes.
  10. Coat with another layer of powdered sugar.

hot chocolate cookies 2


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