It seems like everyone makes Snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cookies, whatever you like to call them during the holidays.  You know, the little nut-blasted cookies rolled in powdered sugar.  We call them Snowballs at my house and they have been a tradition for as long as I can remember.  I can remember tossing the cookies in a big bowl of powdered sugar after my mom baked them.  They always taste so good fresh and warm out of the oven.

I wanted to shake things up a bit this year, but still preserve the basic flavor of these much-loved cookies.  I decided to stuff them with caramel bits and give them a drizzle of chocolate.

The nuts in the cookie dough together with the caramel centers and chocolate topping make you think of a turtle candy.  I think after chocolate with peanut butter, chocolate with caramel may be the 2nd most popular flavor combination and so these cookies seemed like a natural progression of the traditional Snowball cookies.

I used the Kraft Caramel Bits that come unwrapped, but I think next time, I would use the individually wrapped caramels so that there is even more caramel that oozes out of the cookie when you take a bite.  Or better yet, a Rolo stuffed in these cookies would be fantastic.  Next year…..

Turtle Snowball Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 30 cookies

Traditional Snowball cookies kicked up a notch with caramel and chocolate


  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup, plus 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup Kraft caramel bits
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes)
  3. Add 3/4 cup powdered sugar and vanilla and mix.
  4. Add flour and mix to incorporate.
  5. Mix in chopped walnuts.
  6. Roll into balls the size of a walnuts. Make a small indentation with your finger into each ball of dough and place 4-5 caramel bits into each indentation. Pinch dough closed over the hole with the caramels and place onto cookie sheets.
  7. Bake 10 minutes.
  8. Cool completely. Place remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl and toss cookies into the sugar.
  9. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave for one minute, or until melted.
  10. Drizzle melted chocolate over cookies.

roll dough into balls, make small indentation,  place caramel bits inside and seal

drizzle cookies with melted chocolate

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12 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Liz
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    These look great Mercedes! My son and I were just baking the other night and he wanted to make something that looked like snowballs! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Dec 07, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

      Thank you Liz! I hope you and your son enjoy the cookies and have a great weekend!


  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    Adorable! Really wishing we were still neighbors…


    • Mercedes
      Dec 07, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

      I wish we were still neighbors too Em!


  3. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 12:20 am

    Snowballs were one of my favorite Christmas cookies growing up!


  4. Bridget
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    Mercedes, I just made these for a cookie exchange! I didn’t have caramels, so I subbed peppermint chocolate chips for the center. Your recipe was quick and tasty! I was able to squueze in two batches while Graham napped 🙂


    • Bridget
      Dec 07, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

      * squeeze (Typing on iPads = not my strongest skill)


    • Mercedes
      Dec 07, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

      Good Bridget, I’m glad you liked them! Mint chocolate would be great with them as well! Have a great weekend!


  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    I love that you stuffed these with caramel and added a chocolate drizzle. Perfection!


  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    I love these! And mercedes, your Rolo idea for next year sounds fabulous. Although, I think today’s version is spot-on. I adore chocolate turtles and made a chocolate chip caramel pecan cookie recently. Now, I have to try something like this!


    • Mercedes
      Dec 10, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

      Sally, your chocolate chip caramel pecan cookies sound fantastic as well! Not at all surprising coming from you!


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