What cookies can top classic Snowball cookies? Nutella Stuffed Snowball Cookies! Still a buttery shortbread cookie with nuts and rolled in powdered sugar . . . BUT with centers of yummy, can’t-get-enough Nutella hazelnut spread from Italy.
Snowball cookies are also called Greek (also Italian and Mexican) Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes. Some people even call them butterballs since they are, you know, so BUTTERY!
Nutella Stuffed Snowball Cookies are sure to be a huge hit, especially with the kids. They’ll disappear instantly! And don’t leave them out for any hungry pups to grab them . . . I made that big mistake and half of my last batch of these was gobbled up by my dogs! I guess they have good taste!
Get into the holiday spirit with this Italian version of the all-time Christmas favorite cookie. You’ll have a tough time resisting your temptation to nibble on the Nutella while preparing these cookies! They are so just SO GOOD and ADDICTING!
These Nutella Stuffed Snowball Cookies are so EASY to make and fantastic to make ahead! Saving tons of time to do other last-minute holiday cooking and baking! Gotta love that!
All you do is put a little blog of Nutella between two pieces of dough, form them into balls, bake, and roll in powdered sugar. DONE!
Tips for Nutella Stuffed Snowball Cookies:
- Avoid using nuts if you know of anyone with nut allergies. You can substitute mini chocolate chips if you like.
- When using nuts, you can use the variety of nuts that you prefer: pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc.
- Store these snowball cookies in airtight containers.
- These cookies can be frozen for up to 1 month. Layer them on parchment paper with wax paper placed between the layers of cookies. Don’t put them altogether in one container or bag, but rather freeze them in layers.
- The cookie dough can be made ahead and frozen as well, up to 1 month.
- If you freeze them after baking, then do roll them in the powdered sugar, but remember to roll them once again after they’ve been thawed out.
More Christmas Cookie Recipes to Enjoy!
- ½ - 1 cup of Nutella
- 8 oz. butter, softened to room temperature
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2-¼ cups flour
- 1 - 2 cups finely chopped pecans (or nuts of your preference)
- ¼ tsp. salt
- powdered sugar to roll cookies in
- Line two baking pans with parchment paper.
- Spoon 1/2 teaspoonful of Nutella into little mounds on the parchment paper.
- Freeze for at least a half-hour.
- LIne tow baking pans with parchment paper.
- With either a handheld mixer or stand up mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Add the vanilla extract.
- Gradually add and mix in the flour until just combined.
- Gently fold in the chopped pecans, beating at low speed, scraping the sides of the bowl, until everything is mixed well.
- Scoop out 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and flatten it in your hands.
- Remove the Nutella from the freezer
- Place one frozen Nutella ball into the middle of the dough. Place another flattened piece of dough on top of the Nutella and wrap around it to roll into a ball. Place it on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Continue making cookies until all Nutella balls and dough is used. Keep the Nutella balls in the freezer and remove only one or two at a time to keep the Nutella in a hardened state.
- Chill the cookie-lined baking sheets in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees.
- Bake the cookies for 16 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden - rotating the baking pans after 8 minutes.
- Place 2 - 3 cups of powdered sugar in a medium-size mixing bowl.
- Allow cookies to cool in the pans for 5 - 10 minutes.
- One at a time, roll the cookies in powdered sugar when they are cool enough to touch.
- Place cookies on baking racks after coating with powdered sugar.
- Roll the cookies in powdered sugar again (so twice coated).
- Store cookies in an airtight container. It's best to store in layers. Cookies can be frozen for 1 month.
The number of snowballs you end up rolling out depends on the size of the Nutella centers and amount of dough around the Nutella.
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Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 28ggSaturated Fat: 10ggUnsaturated Fat: 18ggCholesterol: 23mgmgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g
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