Monday, December 1, 2008

Snowballs

Snowball cookies, AKA Mexican Wedding Cakes, AKA Russian Teacakes, AKA Dad's Favorites. They have a variety of names and are obviously popular in a number of countries around the world.

A Christmas didn't go by at our house growing up when these delicate little morsels weren't included on the cookie plate. They were my dad's favorites and when I made them I thought of him and felt some melancholy knowing that we would spend Christmas without him. He is always in our hearts.
Snowball Cookies

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped or ground nuts (almonds, pecans or walnuts work well)
1/4 tsp salt
Additional powdered sugar for rolling cookies after they are baked

Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour, nuts and salt; mix until dough forms into a ball. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly. Roll in powdered sugar. Let set until completely cool and then reroll in powdered sugar. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

2 comments:

Sophie said...

These are some of my favorite holiday cookies :). They are quite delicious and fun to make and eat. I'd like to include your recipe on our blog, please let me know if you're interested!

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Big Sis said...

I always think of Dad when I eat these and remember him complaining about the paper hats each year with a big smile on his face after complimenting Mom on "the best tasting roast we have ever had." I look forward each year to the cookie platter. Mom is starting her marathon baking this weekend. You must have inherited her baking and cooking genes.