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…
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shape dough into 1-1&1/2 inch balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Using the bottom of a measuring cup or glass, press down on the dough balls to make flat.
- Bake 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake-the bottoms will burn!
- Immediately transfer to a wire rack for 5 minutes.
- Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar.
- Place back on wire rack and let cool for an additional 5 minutes.
- Coat with another layer of powdered sugar.