Christmas Snowball Cookies

rtt2Author: Cassie Stevens

Snowball Cookies! They are also known as Mexican wedding cakes (or cookies) and butterballs; however, they are perhaps most commonly called snowball cookies for their powdery white spherical appearance and for appearing around the winter holidays.

SAM_2731Whatever you know them as, these cookies are a tasty holiday treat.  I love making cookies around the holidays. Christmas is such a busy time of the year. Making homemade keepsake ornaments. Finding and decorating your Christmas tree. Hanging all your holiday decorations. Making homemade personalized gifts.  Cooking and baking special holiday treats. Writing and sending Christmas cards, and everything else I didn’t mention. Yes, this time of year is a busy time indeed. Even so, I always will find time to sit down and enjoy a few cookies with a hot cup of coffee or a cold tall glass of milk.

cmA wonderfully nutty and sweet little cookie. These cookies are very easy and simple to make, and simply scream the holidays. They also make wonderful gifts for anyone.  Made with only five ingredients. I start by setting out 2 sticks of salted butter to soften about a half an hour before I am ready to start. Then mix 2 cups flour and 1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts) and set aside. Then grind 1 cup walnuts in your food processor until finely ground and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar then add vanilla extract and the other dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

SAM_2687Preheat your oven to 325 F. Once all the ingredients are well mixed grab your cookie scoop. Scoop and roll each cookie and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies wont melt much so you can place them fairly close together. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes.  Once cooled roll in powdered sugar and place in fridge to finish cooling about ten minutes.  Roll them in powdered sugar again and keep on counter top as long as they will last, they go fast. Or, box them up in a few tins and send them out as gifts.

SAM_2737Ingredients;

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups nuts

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup butter (softened)

1/2 tsp salt

 

Process: Preheat oven to 325 F. Soften 2 sticks butter. place flour and half of the walnuts in a large mixing bowl. Place the other half of the walnuts in a food processor and grind until fine and add to large mixing bowl. Cream butter and sugar together until white and add to mixing bowl. add vanilla and salt then mix well. batter will be stiff. Scoop with a cookie scoop and roll into a ball with your hands. Place on a parchment lined baking pan and bake for around 20 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. Cool on a wire rack for 30  minutes. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool.  Roll in powdered sugar again and keep on your counter.

 

Happy Holiday’s and Merry Christmas Everyone!

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