Cherry Snowball Cookies

These Cherry Snowball Cookies are the classic holiday treat. Traditional snowball cookies get a twist with a sweet maraschino cherry in the middle of each one. They’re sweet, delicious, and so easy to make.

cherry snowball cookie broken open in half to show the cherry on the inside.

We love making sweet treats, and when the holidays roll around, we churn them out. After all, it’s a tradition to load up the table with sweets throughout the season. We love making these snowball cookies because they’re a classic recipe with a fun little twist in the center.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • It’s an easy recipe that anyone can make.
  • The snowball cookies and maraschino cherry filling work perfectly together.
  • They make great holiday snacks for family and friends.


bowls of butter, cherry juice, almond extract, flour, cherries, and powdered sugar on a counter.

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe, and you’ll most likely have most if not all of them in your kitchen right now. Anything you don’t have can be found easily at your local grocery store.

All the recipe ingredients are listed here, but check out the recipe card at the end of the post for the exact quantities.

  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter – room temperature
  • Almond extract
  • Maraschino cherry juice
  • flour
  • Maraschino cherries – stems removed
  • Extra powdered sugar

🔪 How to Make Cherry Snowball Cookies

Making these cookies is incredibly easy. It’s a basic dough that’s made like any other. The only difference is that you wrap it around a cherry before baking. That’s it!

butter, and sugar, and cherry juice being mixed in a mixing bowl.

Step 1: Combine the Wet Ingredients

Cream the butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Then, add the almond extract and 1 tablespoon of maraschino cherry juice. Beat well.

flour being added to the mixing bowl full of wet ingredients.

Step 2: Add the Flour

Slowly add 1/3 of the flour at a time to the wet ingredients, mixing between each addition.

cherry being wrapped in raw cookie dough.

Step 3: Make the Cookies

Form about 1 tablespoon of dough in a ball around a cherry and place the cookies on a baking sheet about an inch apart.

cherry snowball cookie being rolled in powdered sugar.

Step 4: Bake

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until lightly golden around the edges. Roll in powdered sugar and cool on a wire rack.


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • You can chop the maraschino cherries and mix them into the dough like chocolate chips.
  • Try adding an almond along with a cherry to the center of the cookies for a fun crunch.
  • Use lemon extract in place of almond for lemon cherry cookies.

If you think these look good, then you’ll love our more traditional butter pecan snowball cookies.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Wire rack

🥫 Storage

Store these cookies in an air-tight container for up to a week at room temperature. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 2 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

💭 Tips

  • Add your flour gradually to make it easier to mix the cookie dough.
  • Roll the cookies in powdered sugar while still warm so it sticks to the cookies.
  • Drain the cherries well so you don’t have soggy cookies in the center.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are cherry snowball cookies?

Cherry snowball cookies are a variation of classic Italian snowball almond cookies that feature a maraschino cherry in the center.

Why are my cherry snowball cookies wet in the middle?

If you don’t drain your cherries well, there will be too much moisture in the center of the cookies, making them sort of soggy.

Why do snowball cookies go flat?

If your cookies come out flat, you probably needed to chill your dough more. Most snowball cookies require chilling to control their spread while baking.

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🧾Recipe Card

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cherry snowball cookie broken open in half to show the cherry on the inside.

Cherry Snowball Cookies

These Cherry Snowball Cookies are the perfect winter treat! They're easy to make, and look so festive and pretty.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 30 Cookies
Calories: 53kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • baking sheet
  • Wire rack


  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 ounces maraschino cherries with stems removed
  • Extra powdered sugar for rolling cookies


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar. Add the almond extract and 1 tablespoon of juice from the cherry jar and beat the ingredients together.
  • Slowly add in the flour, about a third at a time and mix.
  • Take about 1 tablespoon of dough and form into a ball around 1 cherry. (If the dough is too sticky or soft, place it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.)
  • Place on a baking on a sheet 1” apart. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges.
  • Once the cookies come out of the oven, roll in powdered sugar and place on a baking rack to cool.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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