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Pistachio Cherry Butter Cookies on a white table with a holiday napkin, cookie scoop, and bow.
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5 from 3 votes

Cherry Pistachio Snowball Cookies

Traditional melt in your mouth snowball cookies are made fun with a tasty twist! These butter balls cookies contain pistachio chunks and maraschino cherries for a delicious and fun twist on a classic.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time48 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry cookies, cherry pistachio cookies, cherry pistachio snowballs, cherry snowballs, pistachio snowballs
Servings: 15 cookies
Calories: 242cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers
Cost: $3


  • Large Baking Sheet
  • tablespoon cookie scooper
  • parchment paper
  • large mixing bowl
  • Wooden Spoon


  • 2 cups cake flour *you can also use all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter *equals 2 sticks, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries drained, and chopped
  • ½ cup pistachios chopped, *salted or unsalted*
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar For rolling


  • Remove liquid from a 12-ounce jar of maraschino cherries. Add cherries to a colander, and cover them with paper towels. Press them to remove all liquid. Excess liquid will ruin the dough. They should be moist, but not soaking wet.
  • Add flour, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, and extract to a mixing bowl. Mix until combined.
  • Fold in cherries and nuts, and mix to combine.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a cover and place it in the fridge to chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Use a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop, form tablespoon-sized dough balls. These cookies generally do not spread so you only need about 2 inches space between cookies.
  • Bake cookies for 18-22 minutes or until cookies feel firm with slightly golden brown bottoms. These cookies are not supposed to be crunchy, but are soft-baked low, and slow.
  • Once cookies have baked, add them 1-2 at a time to a shallow dish filled with the powdered sugar. Roll balls to cover them with sugar.
  • Once cookies are coated in sugar, enjoy them! Store any leftovers in an airtight container once fully cooled.


Nutritional values may vary and are meant to be a guide.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 242cal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg