A Snowball’s Chance

Can you believe it is December? It seems like we just took our tree down and it is time to put it up again. I’m trying to get into the Christmas spirit by starting my holiday baking early this year. This cookie is one of my favorites and always makes me think of the holidays. There are many names for this cookie, Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding cookies, Snowballs, etc… These cookies are very simple and easy to make, which makes it a great cookie to start your baking this year.

Snowball Cookie Recipe

1 c unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/4 c all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 c pecans, finely chopped in food processor
More powdered sugar for rolling baked cookies

1. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add the 1/2 c powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla and almond extract.

2. Combine flour, salt and pecans. Gradually add to the creamed butter, blending well. Scrape into plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour, until firm.

3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. This is where a small scoop comes in handy! Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

4. Roll baked cookies in the additional powdered sugar while still warm. Cool completely on wire racks and roll again in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 4 dozen 1 inch cookies.