Cherry Almond Snowballs

Festive and delicious ~ Cherry Almond Snowballs! Easy to make, freezer friendly, and oh so tasty! Happy Holidays! 

It’s that time of year again! CHRISTMAS BAKING! This year,  I’m starting early and will be stocking the freezer over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for lots of yummy recipes!

Every year I make our Family Favorites but I also try a few new recipes.  These Cherry Almond Snowballs are a new recipe that I adapted from my “Pecan Sandies” recipe but with flecks of glazed cherries and almond flavoring instead of the pecans.  If you are not a fan of almond, just use vanilla extract instead. Besides being delicious they are a great make ahead freezer cookie. A great addition to your Christmas Cookie Tray.

Cherry Almond Snowballs

  • Servings: 22 - 24 Snowballs
  • Difficulty: easy
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A new take on a Sandie but with bits of glazed cherries and almond flavoring!  So delicious these Snowballs just might become a new Christmas favorite!


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla if you are not a fan of almond)
  • 1 TBSP cold water
  • 1/3 cup glazed cherries, whole then chopped finely
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar with a mixer.  Add almond extract and cold water.  Mix to combine.

Finely chop glazed cherries.  Measure flour into a small bowl and add chopped cherries to flour.  Mix to combine and separate cherries.

Add cherry flour mixture to butter mixture.  Mix to combine.

Using a small ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon, roll dough into balls and place on lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Let cool completely.

Put icing sugar in a large baggie, add snowballs, one at a time, shake to cover with icing sugar.  These snowballs are freezer friendly so make a batch today and store for the holidays.  Enjoy!

NOTE: Measure the glazed cherries whole and then finely chop them  Mix them in the flour so you can separate the cherries and there are no big bunches / chunks.  If you are freezing these Snowballs, cook, cool and freeze ~ omit dipping them in the icing sugar until the Snowballs thaw.  I used red cherries but you could also use a mixture of red and green.

You might also like my Red Velvet Snowballs!

Loving this Life Living “Around the Bay” ~ DD

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16 thoughts on “Cherry Almond Snowballs

  1. I made your snowballs…..followed recipe to a T……..but it was really dry and had to add more water. When baked, they came out of the oven hard as a rock…….I was very disappointed to have to throw away that much……was there something missing in the recipe or if not…..what happened? My oven temperature is fine. I bake all the time with novproblems


    1. So sorry to hear that Liz 😦 I’ve been making this recipe for years and they also come out great. I looked at the recipe and the ingredients are right. The only thing I can see going wrong is if the flour measurements weren’t exact (leveled), that would require more liquid. They are a dense cookie but they should melt in your mouth and not be hard as a rock. Disappointed that this recipe didn’t work out for you.


      1. Next time measure your flour with a spoon, don’t tap it down, and level it off…hopefully that will help 🙂 Merry Christmas!! 🙂


  2. Glazed cherries are like candy cherries that you would use if making fruit cake It’s available around the holidays in the baking section with candy citrus. (Lemon peel and cherries ) also know as candied citron


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