Chocolate Butterball Cookies
This is one of my super easy new cookie recipes this year. The entire batch can be baked on one large baking sheet. They taste great whether you eat them plain or roll them in the cocoa powder mixed with powdered sugar. This is a very low sugar recipe especially if you eat them plain.
Adapted from Debi Schull.
Using a large spoon cream the butter, 3/4
cup of powdered sugar and vanilla
together. Add the flour, salt and 1/4 cup
of cocoa stirring with the spoon
until combined. Mixture will be dry so
use your hands to finish combining.
The warmth of your hands will allow
the butter to absorb the dryness.
Roll the mixture into 1” balls, place them
on an ungreased baking sheet. Again, the
warmth from your hands will bind them
together. Bake in a preheated 325º oven,
on the center rack, for 17 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and let the
cookies sit on the pan for 1-2 minutes
then place the cookies on a rack to cool
Meanwhile combine 1 cup of powdered
sugar with the 2 Tbsp. of cocoa.
If there are lumps sift the mixture.
Roll the cookies into the sugar mixture or
leave them plain, either way is delicious.
Chocolate Butterball Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup cocoa
TOPPING – Optional
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter, 3/4 cup of powdered sugar and vanilla with a large spoon.
- Add the flour, salt and 1/4 cup of cocoa stirring until combined. Mixture may appear dry so if you use your hands and squish the dough, the warmth of your hands will help absorb the dryness.
- Roll the dough into 1″ balls and place them all on one, ungreased, large baking sheet keeping them from touching.
- Bake on the center rack for 17 minutes. Remove from the oven and keep them on the pan for 1-2 minutes until firm.
- Remove cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.
- Meanwhile combine 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2 Tbsp. of cocoa, sifting if there are lumps.
- Roll the cooled cookies into the sugar mixture or eat plain.
Another great choice Diane. I make these as well, but I put chocolate chips in them, so yummy.
Do you use the mini chocolate chips or regular. With these only being 1” ball I would be afraid they would be overly wet with chocolate, oh wait that can’t be a bad thing. 🤣😂🤣
I used the mini ones. I agree, you can never have too much chocolate. 😂
Wow, these really do look easy and also quite tasty!
I was so happy with how they turned out. I really loved the cocoa flavored powdered sugar too.
From a great grandpa to a great grandma…Merry Christmas!
Awe thank you and Merry Christmas to you too.
More holiday yums to consider baking, thanks! I am going to repeat the pumpkin roll for Christmas as it was a hit at Thanksgiving 🙂
You know you will be required to do them every year now. 😂 You can’t beat a good pumpkin roll.
Chocolate cookies are always good. You can make a hole in them and hang them on the Christmas tree. Holidays will be merrier with cookies.
Great idea Ultra but these are a very soft cookie. Have a great week.
Lovely recipe. Thanks for psoting.
Thank you and you’re welcome Bernadette.
Thank you ❤️
I will like them plain, but Berto will surely like them with the coating!
Usually everyone puts plain powdered sugar on cookies like this. Adding the cocoa made them extra good. You could do half plain and half coated with the sugar.
What’s better than butterball? Chocolate butterball! 😊👍 Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and holidays! 4 more days! 🙏💕🎄
I agree Ab! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas as well. How is your mom doing?
Thanks for asking, Diane. My mom’s health has deteriorated quite a bit. I don’t mention her on my blog but it’s been part of what’s made the last while a very trying period. So many endless appointments and blood work. Long story short: muscle disease. This is why I’m gonna eat so much sweets and butterball cookies over the break. 😆 One step at a time is my motto these days. Then virtual schooling is rearing its ugly ahead after the break! 😭😭😭
On a brighter note, no work for the next two weeks and I intend to just relax before the marathon resumes.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas celebration this weekend. Truly the most wonderful time of the year!
I am so sorry to hear that Ab. I will keep her in my prayers and you too!
Thank you! 🙏💕
It must smell perpetually wonderful in your house Diane, especially with all the cookie baking at the holidays.
I have to admit it does. There is nothing better than cookies baking in the oven. Thank you for that nice comment Linda. ❤️
Oooo I love butterballs, but I’ve never had chocolate ones before. Neat!
This was the first time I made them and they will be a regular Christmas cookie now, so good! Thank you
Thank you for your kind words!
You had me at butter!
Butter makes everything better! Thank you CJ.