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Monday, December 9, 2013

Snowball Cookies

Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt is having a virtual cookie exchange.
Here in the Sticks, it's not Christmas time without a few certain recipes. 
These cookies are very common, but oh so good.
I have seen them made with almonds and walnuts, but we prefer pecans.
These cookies have many names.  We call them:

Snowball Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 cups powdered sugar (divided)
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups sifted flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Preheat oven 325 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Beat butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and salt until smooth.  Slowly add sifted flour and stir until mixed well.
Add finely chopped pecans. I chopped these in my food processor and mixed them in by hand.
Roll 1 tablespoon size of dough into balls and place onto parchment covered cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes until top of cookies feel set.
While cookies are baking, sift the rest of powdered sugar into a large bowl.
When cookies are done, take out of oven and roll a few cookies at a time in powdered sugar and place on wire rack to cool completely.
After the cookies are completely cool, I like to take the remaining powdered sugar and dust the cookies one more time.
This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.  Store in an airtight container.
Christmas Party Perfect.
Here is the recipient of the Christmas Apron.  She loves it.  In fact I will be making a few more of these.

I better get to sewing,
Note:  Somewhere on the web I saw suggestions of flavoring these cookies with rum,  Kahlua, or other spirits.  I may need to try that.


Carol Swift said...

I have all of those ingredients...I'm going to go make them right NOW! Thanks for adding a recipe to my little cookie exchange. :O)

Mari Bein said...

Olá, Carla
Adorei o avental e fico aqui pensando em reservar um tempo prá pegar a receita deste Cookies e fazer. Adoro tudo que vai açúcar.
Mari Bein

Glinda ♥ said...

Your friend looks fabulous in her naughty apron and thrilled to have won it! Brilliant gift :)

Tiffany said...

Yum! I use walnuts vs pecans, but yours sounds good too. I could venture out and try something new nut wise :)