Jessie Oleson

Peanut Butter Snowballs

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Peanut Butter Snowballs

If you need a little Christmas, right this very minute, then this peanut butter snowball recipe is just the ticket to get you on a one way trip to holiday tastiness.

These cookies share the classic shape and crumbly texture of snowballs (also called Russian teacakes, Mexican wedding cakes, Armenian sugar cookies, bullets, and, oddly, moldy mice), but they have a taste that is full of peanut buttery goodness. Using crunchy peanut butter ensures good structure and offers enough bulk that they hold their shape; the lack of eggs and leavener keeps the cookies delicate, and distinctly different in character from the type of peanut butter cookies which are cross-hatched with the tines of a fork.

These cookies are a classic kissed with peanut butter to create a true holiday delight. Truth be told, though, I doubt anyone would turn these away at any time of the year!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes, plus cooling time
Yield: 36-48 approximately one-inch cookies

Peanut Butter Snowballs


Peanut Butter Snowballs Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Crunch Time Peanut Butter

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups Crunch Time peanut butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, for rolling


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Sift together the flour and salt in a bowl. Set to the side.

3. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with 1/2 cup of sifted confectioners’ sugar. Mix in the vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed with a rubber spatula.

Peanut Butter Snowballs - Mix in the vanilla

4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until it comes together in a thick dough. Fold in the Crunch Time, and mix until incorporated evenly through the batter. It will form a thick dough that is nonetheless easy to work; it sort of has a texture like play-dough.

Peanut Butter Snowballs - Fold in the Crunch Time, and mix until incorporated evenly through the batter

5. Roll the dough into balls about 1 inch each, and place on the cookie sheet. You don’t need to place the cookies too far apart, because they won’t spread too much.

Peanut Butter Snowballs - Roll the dough into balls about 1 inch each

6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until set on top and lightly browned on the bottom. It’s better to slightly under than over-bake these cookies; they will crumble way too easily if over-baked.

Peanut Butter Snowballs - Bake for 15 minutes

7. Remove from oven, and let cool for 5-10 minutes on the sheet before handling (they will be very delicate at first and could crumble apart). Place the remaining cup of confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll each cookie in the confectioners’ sugar while still warm.

Peanut Butter Snowballs - let cool for 5-10 minutes

Roll a second time once cooled, or before serving. The reason is that the cookies will quickly absorb that first rolling of confectioners’ sugar; the second rolling ensures a snowy finished texture for serving.

Peanut Butter Snowballs - Roll a second time once cooled

Store these cookies in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze for up to a month. If freezing, let thaw and roll in sugar again before serving.

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Note: Old-Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter is not suggested for this recipe.


What kind of cookies are your favorite to make for the holidays?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Crunch Time, the peanut butter used in this recipe.


– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
– Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator and notified via the contact email provided on the comment form.
– Winner(s) will have until 12/24/14 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one jar of Crunch Time peanut butter. Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
– No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age to enter. See Official Giveaway Rules.

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17 Responses to Peanut Butter Snowballs

  1. Christine A. says:

    I like to make Buckeyes! Peanut butter and chocolate. These cookies look good, I will have to make them. Thanks for the recipe. Merry Christmas!

    • Cheryl says:

      Favorite cookie are the peanut butter and choc kiss cookies, also always have to make peanut butter cups every year for the neighbor plates.

  2. Dandi D says:

    My favorite cookies to make are ginger snaps.

  3. stacie snow says:

    Orange drops my kids love them

  4. Frank says:

    Pepper cookies

  5. Lisa says:

    Jumbo chewy chocolate chip cookies.

  6. Julie says:

    My dad’s famous sugar cookies cut in shapes and decorated!

  7. Joann says:

    Old Fashion Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

  8. Amanda says:

    When you say Old-Fashioned crunchy peanut butter, do you mean the regular stuff and not natural?
    And I like making…gosh, I can’t pick one! I like baking EVERYTHING!

  9. Josephine Jones says:

    Good ole fashioned Gingerbread people! Fun and adorable! Also I like to make PB Gingerbread cookies too 🙂 (sound weird but taste delicious!)

  10. karen says:

    I make loads of rugelach!

  11. James says:

    Peanut Butter Pitato Chip Cookies!

  12. Lindsay says:

    Chocolate chip cookies – an oldie but goodie.

  13. Roberta says:

    i love making Meltaways from the old Betty Crocker Cooky Cookbook. No leavening, so you can bake dozens at a time. Like the old fashioned tea cakes mentioned above, but not rolled in powdered sugar.

  14. Jessica says:

    I make pizzelles for the family and chocolate chip for my coworkers

  15. Jessica says:

    I love anything pumpkin this time of year!

  16. Kelli says:

    I think this will be my new favorite!

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Peanut Butter Snowballs