These baked peanut butter snowball cookies are easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Use your favorite peanut butter and the secret ingredient, the cocoa powder, for a smooth and delicious taste.
If you are looking for unbaked peanut butter snowballs, this recipe is not the one. These are baked cookies made with peanut butter and cocoa powder rolled in powdered sugar and served only to your best friends and family. The other ones don't deserve these beauties! :- )
Why you should make this recipe
Everybody should be able to make cookies from scratch, at least some simple recipes that would satisfy a sweet tooth. Besides that, why would you pay more money for overly processed cookies sold by giant food corporations when you can make your own batch for a lower price?
These are some of the reasons you should make these cookies:
- Easy to make, and they don't require a long time to bake
It takes less than an hour to make these cookies from scratch, and only if you are slow. Otherwise, in 45 minutes, you should have these cookies out of the oven.
- Versatile recipe
These cookies are made with peanut butter. You can use the peanut butter you like, but you can still make the cookies if you are allergic to it.
Use any nut butter you can have. Almond butter, cashew butter, and sunflower butter are all excellent options. Obviously, each nut butter will have a different taste, but the profile of these cookies is pretty simple, so there will be no complaints.
- These cookies are not expensive to make
Sugar, butter, flour, peanut butter, and cocoa powder are the main ingredients for these cookies. These are common ingredients that everyone should have in their pantry for emergency desserts.
- Secret ingredient- unsweetened cocoa powder
What makes these cookies different from other peanut butter cookies is the unsweetened cocoa powder that brings that chocolate flavor to the cookie. We all know that peanut butter and chocolate are good friends, so if you like that combination, it is guaranteed you will like these cookies.
Cocoa powder also has nutritional value, as it has high amounts of magnesium, zinc, and selenium, a winner in my book!
How to make these peanut butter snowballs
Preheat the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
In a large bowl, place the sugar and butter, which should be at room temperature.
Beat the butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy in a large bowl. You can use a whisk or a mixer set on medium speed. Add the peanut butter and mix it well.
See here how the batter should look like for different steps:
Mix the flour with the unsweetened cocoa powder and add it to the batter. Mix well until well combined, but do not overmix.
Scoop the dough and roll it into 1-inch balls. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes until the bottoms get golden brown. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet.
The cookies will crumble if you move them while still hot.
Place the powdered sugar on a plate and roll each cookie in sugar until well coated.
Can I freeze the batter?
Yes, you can. The batter is good for up to three months in the freezer.
Can I freeze the cookies?
Yes, you can freeze them for up to 4 weeks.
After baking the cookies, allow them to cool completely. Do not roll them through powdered sugar.
Place them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet to freeze them, then store them in a freezer storage bag for up to a month. When ready to eat them, thaw them at room temperature. Toss them in powdered sugar and serve.
Are these cookies suitable for the holidays?
Yes, they are. As you can see from my photos, I made them for Christmas last year, and they were a hit.
Any holiday is an excellent opportunity to make them. They also make great gifts. Wrap them in a pretty bag with a festive ribbon and gift them to your loved ones.
However, if you love peanut butter cookies but got tired of the classic peanut butter cookie recipe, try these instead.
These cookies are perfect any time you have a sweet tooth. Make them for a potluck or a brunch. Make them for a Sunday afternoon and serve them with coffee or tea. Make them just because!
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Peanut Butter Snowball Cookies
- 1 cup butter , 2 sticks/8 ounces, room temperature, unsalted
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup peanut butter
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup powder/confectioner sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
- Beat the butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy, in a large bowl. You can use a whisk or a mixer set on medium speed. Add the peanut butter and mix it well.
- Mix the flour and cocoa powder together and add them to the batter. Mix until well combined.
- Scoop the dough and roll it into 1-inch balls. Place them on the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes until the bottoms get golden brown. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet.
- Place the powder sugar on a plate and roll each cookie in it until well coated.