These Holiday Snowballs are going to melt in your mouth and you will be sneaking them one by one when no one else is looking. It’s so hard not to because you can’t resist the taste and they keep calling out to you. At least that’s what happens to me. I pop one in my mouth and instantly you hear, Mmmm, Mmmm. I’m like an 8 month old child trying new flavours for the first time.
It’s now December and with the festive season upon so is baking Christmas Cookies and this Holiday Snowball recipe is an easy Christmas cookie recipe. It’s pretty much no fail and really no effort at all to make. They are actually very budget friendly and the kids can help to make them as well.
If you remember from reading the previous Grocery Game Challenge- Ho, Ho, Ho Holiday Treats, I gave you a full run down of what I was going to make each week in December for the upcoming festivities. The goal is to finish them all and it’s a lofty goal for us but we will try.
Mrs.CBB has been making these recipes compliments of her grandmother for many years as Holiday Baking is a tradition in her family. Now we both make all the holiday treats together like Santa and Mrs. Clause although I’m far from having a white beard, large tummy, elves to do my dirty work and reindeer to whisk me away. We’ve made a few changes to the recipes over the years but for the most part they are the same.
Today what I did with this recipe and Mrs.CBB agreed was to mix the walnuts and pecans. Previous years we would just add walnuts and that’s perfectly fine.
You must make sure that the nuts aren’t big chunks. We put ours in a plastic bag and use a meat mallet to bash them about until they are small. What happens when the nuts are bit they protrude out the ball and in some instances the ball cracks in half.
I do caution with these cookies that you watch them like a hawk. You must check them after 5 mins to see what the bottom looks like. If the bottom is brown (see pic below) they are done. Don’t worry if the tops are still white, get them out of the oven and into some icing sugar for the first dusting.
Once you pull them out they will still be hot, wait about 2 minutes and then gently toss them into a tray of icing or confectioner’s sugar. Some of the icing may melt around the ball at this point and that is normal. Set them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper to cool then do it again.
The second coating of icing sugar will turn these balls into something magical and perfect for any gathering. We store them in the freezer for up to 3 months, sometimes longer if they don’t all get eaten up as we make lots.
Take them out and let them come to room temperature before serving. These Holiday Snow Balls are buttery with a nutty texture and melt in your mouth.
Recipe- Yield about 72 Holiday Snowballs or 6 Dozen (this recipe can be halved)
- Stand Mixer or Bowl (manual)
- 3 Baking Sheets
- Container for icing sugar to roll balls
- knife to cut butter
- parchment paper to line trays
- 10-15 minutes
- 5-10 minutes to cook in 350 degree oven
- 1 lb of unsalted butter softened
- 4 cups of unbleached flour
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla
- 1.5 cups crushed walnuts
- 1.5 cups of crushed pecans
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt (not in picture above)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 cups of icing or confectioners sugar for rolling
Preparation: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- In your mixer put in your butter which you cut into cubes
- Mix the butter with the sugar until fluffy
- Add in the vanilla, salt and mix to incorporate 1 minute
- Add in the flour bit by bit while mixing
- Add in the nuts and mix to incorporate it all. It will come away from the bowl or look like the picture below. You can do all the above in a bowl by hand if you don’t have a mixer.
- Line your baking sheets with parchment paper
- Roll the balls into small to medium balls, bit bigger than bite size and place on the baking sheet. These cookies hardly rise at all so you can place them closer together, just not touching. I put about 5 to a line.
- Place them in the oven to bake 5-10 minutes and at 5 minutes check to see if the bottoms are brown like the picture above. If so pull them out, let stand 1 minute then roll in the icing for the first roll. They will still be hot and that’s ok just be gentle with them so they don’t break.
- After about one hour when they cool down completely give them their second and final roll in the icing sugar and they are ready to enjoy!!
- It’s that easy!!!!
We not only put these Holiday Snowballs out for our guests they get to take a mixture of them home on a nicely decorated plate or in a festive tin. So, if you are looking for a recipe for snowballs this is the one, try it out!
Coming up Next Sunday….. Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
What are your favourite Holiday Treats?
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