Today’s cookie has many names… Mexican Wedding Cookies, Snowballs, Russian Teacakes. You’ve probably had them before… they’re the ones that “snow” just a little bit with every bite. They’re also one of my favorite Christmas cookies! But I have to make them early in the season, because by the time Christmas gets here, I am so tired of mixing, rolling, baking, dipping and decorating that they get left in the sugar dust. Ha…literally!! Actually these cookies are super easy to make. In fact, you don’t even have to crack an egg…see, SUPER EASY!! My problem is that I usually make these and about a bizillion buckeyes on the same day, and that is not a good combo…too many balls in one day!!! You see, buckeyes are quite labor intensive and should only be done when well rested and pumped up for battle!! Well, you’ll see, because they’re coming up soon on the Christmas Cookie Challenge!! But for today we are going to stick with just the little cookie with many names!!
Snowballs By: Lori Dehn
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar I learned a little trick, spoon the powdered sugar into the measuring cup and then dump it a sieve (oh yeah, placed over a bowl) and shake. All the lumps will disappear and you’ll have a light, fluffy, powdery bowl of sugar!!
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration
- 1/4 cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Cream the butter with 1/2 cup of the confectioners’ sugar and the vanilla. Mix in the flour, nuts and salt. Roll about 1 tablespoon or so of dough into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Do not allow these cookies to get too brown. It’s better to undercook them than to overcook them. While cookies are still hot roll them in confectioners’ sugar. Once they have cooled roll them in confectioners’ sugar once more. Variation: add some finely crushed candy canes to the confectioners’ sugar used for the final dusting.
So, these were SUPER EASY. In fact, they were so easy I decided to tweak the recipe slightly and make them again tomorrow 🙂