The Best Cranberry Snowball Cookies

The Best Cranberry Snowball Cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies rolled in powdered sugar are sure to become a Christmas favorite.

You’ll find my recipe for the best cranberry snowball cookies – a holiday classic with a cranberry twist along with 7 other delicious Christmas cookies at the bottom of this post. 

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I love making Christmas cookies each year. As a child, these were always my favorite! And today, they are still my favorite.

But, I think my husband said it best, “When there’s a variety of cookies to choose from, I always passed on this cookie, it was too dry. But these aren’t and the cranberry gives them an extra bit of chewiness.”

BTW: I’ve had to make these twice already this season, because SOMEBODY ate almost all of them! Haha.

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Today I’m joining my friends for a fun Christmas Cookie Swap. If you’re popping over from my friend Courtney’s blog Pizzazzerie hello and welcome! So happy to have you here! If you’re an old friend, thank you for coming back!

So every year I like to mark the beginning of the holiday season with a big batch of homemade Christmas cookies, and I love how it brings me back to my childhood, baking with my mother and the joys of Christmas.

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And sharing one of my all-time favorite holiday cookie recipes with you, seems fitting doesn’t it?!

If you saw my Christmas home tour last week (if you missed it, you can see it HERE) you caught a glimpse of my cranberry snowball cookies on the kitchen island!

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I can still remember the first time I made these…the hubs thought I shouldn’t waste my time. He also thought adding cranberries would make them even worse. Clearly, I didn’t listen and now he begs me to make them each year! (As well as my Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies, found HERE).

And with only a few simple ingredients, they are so easy to make. 

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We mustn’t forget about Santa, leaving a few cranberry snowball cookies for him on a plate, are bound to bring a few extra special packages under the tree! I mean how could he resist these? And Mrs. Claus won’t be the wiser, due to lack of evidence that might fall into his white beard.

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If you’re looking for the perfect cookie for the holidays, these truly are the best cranberry snowball cookies EVER!

5 from 4 votes

The Best Cranberry Snowball Cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies with cranberries and rolled in powdered sugar are sure to become a family favorite!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 24


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ½ cup powder sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries chopped
  • Powder sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In bowl, cream butter for 2 minutes. Add powder sugar and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Gradually add to the butter mixture. Mix until incorporated.
  4. Add cranberries.

  5. Roll into 1 Tablespoon sized balls and place on baking sheet, leaving 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake cookies 12-15 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.
  7. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes; then roll in powder sugar and transfer to a cooling rack to cool down completely.
  8. Roll cookies again in powder sugar before serving.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t want to bake all of the cookies at once. After you’ve rolled them into balls, you can place them in a ziplock bag and freeze them for later.

Next stop on our cookie swap is my friend Sarah (and her adorable daughter Harper) of Our Vintage Farmhouse.  Her beautiful farmhouse and life adventures will keep you enamored… and her Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies will have you reaching for a nice tall glass of milk, yum!

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Also be sure to check out these other incredible Christmas cookie recipes from my friends…



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  1. 5 stars
    Snowball cookies are one of my absolute favorites and I love the addition of cranberry!! Such a genius idea Tana! Can’t wait to try them and so honored to join you – thank you for hosting such an amazing blog hop!! Merry Christmas sweet friend, xo Beth

    1. Obviously mine too! haha. Thanks for joining me and I loved how you used a family (Grandma’s) recipe – it warmed my soul reading that!!!

  2. Your cookies look so good Tana! I can’t wait to try them over the holidays with my family.. Also, love your kitchen! Your stools are adorable! Hugs! xx

    1. Thank you Kristy! I love this time of year… celebrating Jesus, decorating our home and all of the baking! Enjoy the cookies.

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