December is a time for memories, celebrations, and traditions. Baking cookies is a favorite tradition of mine. Scents of cinnamon and chocolate wafting through our kitchen and a home filled with evergreens decking the mantle, pine cone and greenery table centerpieces, along with winter scene displays amidst the glow of the woodstove make for a warm atmosphere.
Snowball cookies are my favorite; growing up, we had them at my grandmother’s holiday dessert buffet, at various caroling party refreshment tables, cookie swaps with friends, and most recently baked for my 94-year-old father – his #1 holiday cookie treat.
The large tree sugar cookie pictured below on the plate was the most coveted cookie by our boys. It was by far the biggest sugar cookie I made! Our grandson now delights at following suit! And so, the tradition continues!
Enjoy these “melt in your mouth” cookies, accompanied by a hot mug of tea, cocoa, or a cold glass of milk.
Snowball Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup butter
- ½ cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring (I prefer Madagascar vanilla)
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup finely chopped nuts (I use pecans)
- Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla thoroughly.
- Add flour and salt.
- Chill dough.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Roll dough into 1” balls.
- Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- While still warm, roll in confectioner’s sugar.
- Cool and enjoy!