Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 1: Make Christmas Cookies

make cookies

Snowballs
AKA Mexican Somethings AKA Russian Somethings

1 cup butter
1/2 cup confectioners' 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.

4 comments:

Lark said...

I love these and you can also find them under Danish something. The confectioners' sugar is more than decoration. It become the best part. I hope you all had fun.

Tammy Lorna said...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... How exciting!

Xo Tammy

Mindy said...

Aren't those "wedding cakes"?

Dani Grigg said...

mmmmmmmmm. I call them Mexican Wedding Cookies. but i've never heard of rolling them in crushed candy canes. sounds AMAZING.