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Surprise Snowball Cookies

These Surprise Snowball Cookies are the cookies to make for holiday parties, cookie exchanges and for Christmas as they are soft, flaky and buttery!

"Surprise Snowball Cookies

Take a Hershey Kiss and hide it in a shortbread cookie and Surprise!, you have Secret Surprise Cookies! It’s our favorite holiday cookies and we make every year and we’re sharing the recipe with you. Once you try these you can’t stop eating them!

how to make Surprise Snowball Cookies

What are Snowball Cookies?

Snowball Cookies also know as Mexican Wedding Cookies, Butterballs or Russian Tea Cakes are flaky on the inside and sweet on the outside. For this recipe there is a sweet surprise in the middle of a chocolate kiss so they are sweeter than the traditional snowball cookies.

Recipe Tips & Variations 

  • Can substitute chocolate kiss for maraschino cherries. 
  • Can also add peanut butter to make a peanut butter surprise kiss cookies.
  • Want a different texture? Swap the chocolate kiss for caramel, cream d mint.
  • Peppermint flavor? Try adding a peppermint chocolate kiss instead of a chocolate one.

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Cookie Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
32 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
Additional powdered sugar for rolling

How to Make Surprise Snowball Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer add the butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed, until fluffy. Carefully add flour mixture 1 cup at a time, until all flour is in the mixture. Mix until the dough comes together.

Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop balls of dough, set to the side. Take 1 dough ball at a time flatten it out with your hands and place a Hershey Kiss inside. Roll the dough back into a ball. Place on the baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. The bottoms should be slightly brown. Remove from the oven and cool for just 5-10 minutes.

In a small bowl add your powdered sugar, then roll each cookie in the sugar until coated. Place on a platter to enjoy!

To Store: Place in an airtight container and store in fridge for up to one week.

Surprise Snowball Cookies

Surprise Snowball Cookies

Yield: 32 Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These Surprise Snowball Cookies are the cookies to make for holiday parties, cookies exchanges and for Christmas as they are soft, flaky and buttery!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 32 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
  • Additional powdered sugar for rolling

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
    2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
    3. In a stand mixer add the butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed, until fluffy. Carefully add flour mixture 1 cup at a time, until all flour is in the mixture. Mix until the dough comes together.
    4. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop balls of dough, set to the side. Take 1 dough ball at a time flatten it out with your hands and place a Hershey Kiss inside. Roll the dough back into a ball. Place on the baking sheet.
    5. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. The bottoms should be slightly brown. Remove from the oven and cool for just 5-10 minutes.
    6. In a small bowl add your powdered sugar, then roll each cookie in the sugar until coated. Place on a platter to enjoy!

To Store: Place in an airtight container and store in fridge for up to one week.

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