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No-Bake Brandy Snowball Cookies

I always have one cookie recipe that everyone loves and they’re stupid easy. It’s the type of cookie that people can’t stop munching on they think you worked hard making them, when in actuality it only took minutes. That Christmas cookie recipe is my No-Bake Brandy Snowball Cookies!

Christmas no-baked Brandy Snowball Cookies recipe!

These snowball cookies have a soft, moist and chocolatey center that’s a bit boozy, thanks to Brandy, and then they’re rolled in powdered sugar to finish. The cookies have a great texture, only take minutes to make and you can easily customize the flavor to your liking!

They’re called snowball cookies because they look like little snowballs once they’re covered in powdered sugar. I like that they’re different and unexpected. When I’m putting together a huge Christmas cookie tray, I always stick a few options on there that aren’t much effort on my end.

The cookies might disappear quickly, but they’re easy to throw together when the family wants more! Now, I’m sharing my holiday secrets with you – so you can make this easy Christmas cookie recipe too.

Looking for even more delicious no-bake Christmas cookie recipes? Here are some that my readers love to make year after year:

How To Make Brandy Snowball Christmas Cookies

The other fabulous part of this recipe is that you don’t need much – no stand mixer is required! Just grab your favorite mixing bowl set, dump all the ingredients and give it a good stir. It doesn’t get much easier than these Brandy cookies.

Brandy Christmas No-Bake Cookie Recipe
These no-bake Christmas Brandy Snowball Cookies are chocolaty, soft and delicious!

When To Make This Recipe

If you get a last-minute invitation to an event, throw these Brandy Snowball Cookies together! They also keep nicely in the refrigerator, so make the cookies to keep on hand just in case an event pops up. I make these for my cookie trays, movie nights, cookie exchange parties and as a gift for loved ones.

How To Keep Your Cookies Fresh

Once the cookies are rolled in powdered sugar, I transfer them instantly to an airtight food storage container. Keep the cookies in the refrigerator and away from direct heat. They’ll maintain their shape better in the fridge than out on the countertop. For best freshness, enjoy for 2-3 weeks of making! These will last so much longer than traditional Christmas cookies.

Can You Freeze Christmas Snowball Cookies?

Yes! These Brandy Snowball Cookies can be frozen. I keep them in a freezer bag and place them in the back of my freezer. The front of the freezer can have temperature fluctuations from the door opening and closing. The cookies will keep frozen for up to 3 months. Let them thaw to room temperature, on the countertop, before enjoying again. They’ll still have the soft texture! Roll in more powdered sugar – if needed.

Brandy Snowball cookies

What Type Of Brandy To Use

I have so many readers as me whether they need to use top-shelf liquor or not. When you’re baking (or in this case, not baking, but blending), it doesn’t matter as much. It doesn’t matter if you use the best brandies or stay on a budget. When I’m buying liquor for baking, I purchase smaller bottles and stick with cheaper options. It’s your preference.

Recipe Substitutions

The chocolate is great with brandy and brandy reminds me so much of the holiday season. I always have leftover brandy from making my Christmas Bread Pudding – so I throw together the snowball cookies too. However, if you want to use a different liquor, you can! Kahlua, Fireball and Bailey’s would all be great substitutes for the brandy.

Lastly, if you feel like your dough isn’t coming together easily, add a touch more of corn syrup! The goal is to have a sticky dough that will collect the powdered sugar as it’s rolled.

What You’ll Need From The Store:

  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Pecans
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Brandy
  • Light Corn Syrup

Directions To Make Christmas Brandy Snowball Cookies

In large mixing bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, pecans, 1 cup powdered sugar and cocoa powder.

Dry ingredients in mixing bowl

In separate bowl, whisk brandy with corn syrup; add to crumb mixture and mix well.

Whisking brandy and corn syrup together

Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in remaining powdered sugar; chill. Keep the snowballs in an airtight food storage container and refrigerated.

Rolling Brandy Snowball Christmas Cookies
Yield: 3 Dozen Cookies

No-Bake Brandy Snowball Cookies

Brandy Snowball Cookies for Christmas

These No-bake Brandy Snowball Cookies are the perfect easy Christmas cookie! They're soft, with a little bit of crunch from pecans and coated in powdered sugar to finish.

Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1⁄4 cup brandy
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons light corn syrup


1. In large mixing bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, pecans, 1 cup powdered sugar and cocoa powder.

2. In separate bowl, whisk brandy with corn syrup; add to crumb mixture and mix well.

3. Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in remaining powdered sugar; chill.


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.

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