Snowballs For Eating

Duck!!! Here comes a snowball!

December 22nd.

The snowball recipe:

2 cups assorted nuts toasted @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool and pulse until ground fine in a food processor.

3 cups good unsalted butter.

3/4 cup confectioners sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

6 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar, add vanilla. Blend in flour and finely ground nuts.

Form the dough into balls the size of a walnut.

Place on cookie sheets and refrigerate until firm.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Cookies should just be browning slightly on the bottom. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes.

While still warm, roll them in confectioners sugar.

Set them on wire racks to cool. You can sprinkle them with additional sugar after they cool.

The nutty flavor develops over time. Make sure to make these in advance so they can sit in containers for a few days.

My cookie platters were delivered to the neighbors this morning by the Blog Tech. He loves playing Santa.

Everyone got a large selection of cookies.

And they all got mincemeat tarts with hard sauce and instructions for eating them. Open mouth, insert tart....hehehe!!!!

I hope my cookies make a few people's Christmas a bit merrier this year.

I am now officially on a cookie vacation. I haven't eaten even one of these!

***Remember to enter the giveaway by clicking on the button on my sidebar!


You haven't eaten one of your cookies!

Please, give me a gift. Share your secret for abstaining.

I must abstain from all the usual Christmas time 'goodies.' [Health reasons] But I'd really like to be able to do it, with peace. Not with internal whining. -pout-

Gentle Christmas hugs...
Chris said…
Those cookie baskets are beautiful! They will indeed make Christmas merrier for the recipients of them and gladden their hearts....and tastebuds!! :) And you need to settle in for a long winter's nap!
Thanks so much for the Christmas cookie tutorial! It was so fun!

xxx ooo to Teddy Christmas is almost here! :)
Gawd, your neighbours must ADORE you!
Mina said…
I don't know how you've gotten through all of this without even one nibble! How sweet of you to make these treats for your neighbors.
Adsila said…
My Mom used to make these cookies every year, but sadly only makes a couple different types now and the snowballs are not one of them. It is sweet of you to give your wonderful treats to your neighbors.
Anonymous said…
You really make fantastic cookie baskets!
I´ll eat anything with nuts :-) I think I´ll make some cookies now when I have a weeks vacation. I´ll look in to Your recipes then :-)

Have a great day now!
Tournesol said…
Wow, I wish I was one of your neighbors! And your self control is amazing. I've eaten way too many holiday treats already!
Pricilla said…
Heh. I was eating a chocolate snowball as I opened your blog.
I can't abstain. It's not in me.
Lois said…
What a generous neighbour you are! I'm sure everyone appreciates your incredible efforts, and just think of the joy [and calories!] you spread. :)

Hoping you can sit now and relax in front of your tree!

Texan said…
wow your gifty bags are beautiful! Who would not love those!

These last ones look and sound very good! and would be easy for me to make. Some recipes I can't convert to ingredients I can have, but this one I so could!

Um I am up to loaf 5 or 6 I have lost count on the bread. Pretty sure I am never buying store bought bread again! :O) .. In case anyone ever ask ... Whole Grain Spelt flour or White Spelt flour works wonderful in it... just cut back the water by 1/4 cup as spelt flour takes a bit less moisture :O)... Thats what I have been using.
SharleneT said…
You are one brave soul... I was forced to taste my goodies to make sure they weren't poison! Tee Hee. It was my plum and peach brandies and my Bristol Cream liqueur... They weren't... But,then, that weakened me and I had cookies to go with it! The baskets are gorgeous and your neighbors are very lucky indeed! Hugs to Teddy for the holidays. Come visit when you can and don't forget to check out my other blog, too! Merry Christmas!
You and your cookies have certainly made my Christmas merrier! The mincemeat tarts and hard sauce are to die for. I am not kidding these cookies will make you cry.

Don't worry I will eat enough for both of us. Probably tonight!
Cheryll said…
Ohhhhh! The skinny girl inside me can only be shut up with cookies. Please send some to Missouri.
Ann said…
Those look and sound a lot like a cookie my Aunt used to make every year but I can't be sure since I never got her recipe for them.
I can't believe you didn't eat one cookie. Man you've got willpower. I lost count of how many cookies I've eaten already
Oh my! These cookies look wonderful - and seem rather easy to make. :) Your cookie gift baskets look really lovely - I am sure the recipients will be most excited. Happy holidays! Theresa
CathyH said…
Yum!! It's cookies!!
They do look beautiful.
Rosemary said…
Merry Christmas to you!
Jenny said…
Have a very merry Christmas! The cookies look amazing! I'll be making something similar tonight, but our tradition is to form them into crescents before dusting with sugar. My husband hasn't yet had my version of these cookies. He's quite excited.

I love the baskets! So adorable! You really have a great eye for aesthetic! Your giveaway basket has taken up it's home under my Christmas tree and it looks so very festive. Now I just have to keep my husband from eating it all overnight!

<3 Jenny