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posted: 12/17/16

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies come together in a snap and are crazy addictive! Perfect for gift giving around the holidays.

The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies is cut in half showing the mini chocolate chips tossed in powdered sugar.

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies are a real favorite around our house during Christmas time! I mean, chocolate chip cookies are always a staple in our cookie jar year round, so it’s nice to change things up during the holidays with a twist on our family favorite. Rich peanut butter, mini chocolate morsels and sweet powdered sugar combine pretty much all my favorite foods into one simple to make, delicious cookie that looks so pretty on a holiday goodie plate.

What are your favorite cookies to bake around the holidays? I’ll share some of my most treasured recipes below, but I would love to hear your ideas! Please leave me a comment and let’s cookie swap!

On a baking rack, there are lines of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies tossed in powdered sugar.

DO I NEED EGGS FOR COOKIES?

You’ll notice in the recipe card below, there are no eggs in this snowball cookie recipe. Don’t panic, it’s not a typo. The truth is, you don’t necessarily need eggs in cookies. Eggs are a source of moisture and protein in cookie dough. The liquid in the eggs are what gives the dough structure by bonding with the starch and protein found in the flour. It’s that bonding that helps make cookies nice and chewy after they’re baked. You can use a number of substitutions for eggs in various recipes: applesauce, mashed bananas, extra oil, etc. However for these snowball cookies, the creamy peanut butter helps add moisture, protein and bulk. You’ll never miss the eggs!

The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies is cut in half showing the mini chocolate chips tossed in powdered sugar.

TIPS FOR PERFECT PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP SNOWBALL COOKIE DOUGH

  • Choose your favorite creamy peanut butter. I haven’t tried this recipe with crunchy peanut butter but I think it would taste delicious! If you try them, let me know how they turn out! As we talked about above, the creamy peanut butter helps bond the ingredients together to give the cookies structure, not to mention unbelievably yummy flavor!
  • Make sure your butter is room temperature. This is a super important step. If the butter is too melted, the snowball cookies won’t form up as well. Too cold and it won’t blend nicely with the other ingredients. You want your butter soft enough that you can make a dent in it with your finger. I usually just throw my butter cubes on the counter about an hour before I’m ready to start making the cookies, and it softens up perfectly. If your kitchen is really hot, only leave it out for half an hour or so.
  • Use mini chocolate chips. I find that the regular size chocolate chips are just too big for these cute little cookies. The mini version blends in nicely with the other ingredients, and you’ll still get plenty of chocolaty goodness in every single bite.
  • Scoop your flour into a measuring cup with a spoon and then level off. Do not scoop directly into the measuring cup from the flour container or you can end up with too much flour and the dough will be too crumbly.

The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies is cut in half showing the mini chocolate chips tossed in powdered sugar.

SUGGESTIONS FOR BAKING

  • If you’re baking multiple batches of these snowball cookies (which I totally do because these don’t last long in our house) make sure the cookie sheets have time to cool off before you add another batch of dough. If the sheet is too hot, it’ll throw off the baking process and you could end up with overdone cookies on the bottom or they won’t maintain their shape.
  • Don’t over bake these babies! You’ll want to take them out of the oven just when the edges are just starting to brown up, usually about 18 minutes.
  • One they’ve cooled on a cookie rack for about five minutes, roll the cookies in powdered sugar. Then let them cool completely, and roll in powdered sugar again. Make sure these sweet little cookies are nicely coated.
  • Store these snowball cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week. They freeze beautifully, too! I like to make a double batch, then freeze and use them for gift giving during the holidays. They’re always a huge hit!

The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies is cut in half showing the mini chocolate chips tossed in powdered sugar.

MORE HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPES

I love holiday baking, but importantly, holiday eating! Try some of my favorite cookie recipes here, and please share some of yours below!

Enjoy this family favorite recipe, friends! I can’t wait to hear what you think of them. Please drop me a comment below if you wish, and happy holiday baking!

5 from 1 vote

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

Serves: 24
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies come together in a snap and are crazy addictive! Perfect for gift giving around the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour scooped and leveled
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats .
  • Beat the sugar, butter, and peanut butter together. Then beat in the vanilla and the flour. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop the cookies into one inch dough balls. Place approximately two inches apart on baking sheets (if you bake in batches make sure the sheets are cool before adding more dough).
  • Bake for approximately 18 minutes or until the edges just begin to turn golden brown. Be careful not to overtake. Allow to cool for five minutes on baking sheet, then roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely and then roll in powdered sugar again. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Notes

Your butter should be soft enough that you can dent it with your finger easily but not so soft that you can push all the way through.
Scoop your flour into a measuring cup with a spoon and then level off. Do not scoop directly into the measuring cup from the flour container, you will end up with too much flour that way.
Serving: 24g Calories: 330kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 31g (10%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 22g (34%) Saturated Fat: 12g (75%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 30mg (10%) Sodium: 47mg (2%) Potassium: 64mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 20g (22%) Vitamin A: 8IU Calcium: 1mg Iron: 1mg (6%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cookies
Cuisine: American

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  1. kesha says

    Sibling lover is when your twin brother bounces his crib to yours every night to crawl into your crib and sleep with you! My twin brother had bolts on his crib when we were babies/toddlers and he would jump up and down in his crib until it was next to mine and crawl into my crib and we would snuggle every night

    • Lisa Longley says

      Kesha! This is the sweetest thing ever!

  2. Loy says

    My memory involves me and my sister, and we were adults. In 2003 between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I had to have my 22-year old cat put down. Carol knew how difficult this was going to be for me. She drove 25 miles to my home and drove me to the vet so that I could hold CT on the way, and I could hold the box he was in on the way back home. This is one of the nicest things she ever did for me. Carol passed away in February 2015, and I still miss her very much.

    • Lisa Longley says

      This is so beautiful!! And I’m so sorry for your loss of Carol, she sounds like an amazing sister and friend.

  3. Natalie R says

    My brother, despite being 4 years younger than me, always had my back growing up like a big brother might. Anytime my friends and I would argue, he’d “protect me” and side by me. It was adorable and we’re still close as adults – something I cherish every day!

    • Lisa Longley says

      That’s beautiful! I love having older brothers!

  4. Kelly @ Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats says

    My sister and I are 18-months apart. We grew up doing everything together. As much as we loved each other, we fought some pretty good fights ????. I was just recalling all the windows, doors and toilet (don’t ask) that we broke fighting when we were kids hehehe. My poor parents. And now we are best friends!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      OMG, this is awesome, Kelly!

  5. Nancy Everson says

    Bouncing your crib across the room is just the best! This past week my sister (64) “bounced her crib” in a 6 hour drive to help me with a very overwhelming and emotional move. She has always, always been the best friend a person could have, and I would truly be lost without her.
    Our mother (90) and her sister connect each and every morning at 7:00 when Aunt Eenie rings mom’s phone twice and mom rings twice back. Special love!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Awww! And the story about your mom and aunt gave me goosebumps! I love both of these! I don’t have a sister but I am LOVING raising them. :)

  6. Aimee Brimmer says

    One of my favorite sibling memories is from my childhood. I was probably 5 or 6 years old and my brother was in the Navy. He’s 14 years older than me. I always missed him terribly, but especially at the holidays. My mom told me he wouldn’t be home for Christmas, which made me cry. Well, later that day, I found a cowboy hat on the floor in the living room. I figured I’d wrap it up for my brother, lol! Little did I know it was actually HIS hat and he was home for Christmas! It made me so incredibly happy!! We’re no longer close, but I hold this memory dear to my heart.

    • Lisa Longley says

      That’s beautiful, Aimee!

  7. Brooke says

    My sister is in high school and works as well. She absolutely loves to ‘spoil’ my kids; it’s very touching to see her do things so selflessly for others. Her love definitely shines through.

  8. Vicky Hyde says

    These were s amazing. They were so easy to make.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yay! I’m so glad you like them Vicky!

  9. Patti says

    My brother and I are 2 yrs apart. When I was almost 3 our mom had to get a job, she had a neighbor babysit me and took my brother to a nursery school. We were both very upset since we had never been apart from each other or our away from our Mom. My brother ran away from nursery school and found his way to neighbors house where I was. When he was asked “why he did that? ” he said because he didn’t want me to be scarced! Luckily for me 56 yrs later he still is my protector.

    • Lisa Longley says

      That is so super sweet!

  10. Julia says

    5 stars
    I am still young but I love childhood.

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