Brrr, the weather here has been frigid. Here in Texas we don’t do cold very often, but this past weekend we were hit with a crazy ice storm, referred to by the locals as Icemageddon! Freezing rain and bitter cold temperatures make you want to snuggle up inside with a warm cup of hot cocoa and fresh baked cookies. And no cookie is more fitting for this extreme snap of cold than these easy Snowball Cookies.
One of my favorite things about this time of year is all the memories made baking in the kitchen. I fondly recall standing at the kitchen counter and making dozens of cookies with my mom as a child and now that I have my own kids it’s a tradition we all love. These Snowball Cookies are easy and the kids love helping roll them in the “snow.”
Yields: 3 dozen
1 c. butter or margarine (room temperature)
½ c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 c. chopped pecans
1 c. additional powdered sugar for rolling baked cookies in
With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar; add vanilla and mix well. Add flour and nuts, and mix on low just until the flour is beginning to be incorporated. (DO NOT over-mix. The cookie dough will be crumbly, but over-working the dough will result in tough cookies.) Use your hands to finish gently mixing the dough until it can be shaped into a ball. Chill dough for 3-4 hours. Shape into balls about the size of a walnut. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 325 degrees about 20 minutes. Cool slightly, and roll warm cookie balls in powdered sugar.
And the best part is you can package these snowballs up and deliver them to neighbors without them melting…but we can’t guarantee they won’t melt in your mouth!
Enjoy, and don’t forget to bake up some memories with your family this holiday season!
Do you have a favorite holiday cookie? Share your family favorites and link up your cookies in the 2nd Annual Cookie Exchange Link Party hosted by Kesley from Poofy Cheeks.