Winter Wonderland Snowball Cookies: A Delightful Treat for Cozy Evenings

1. Introduction

Imagine a snowy winter evening, the fireplace crackling, and a plate of freshly baked cookies. That’s the essence of our Winter Wonderland Snowball Cookies. These delightful treats, resembling miniature snowballs, are a perfect addition to any winter gathering or a cozy night in. Not only are they visually charming, but their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture makes them a favorite among all ages. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through the simple steps to create these enchanting cookies that promise to add a touch of magic to your winter days.

2. Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • Extra powdered sugar for coating

3. Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar until smooth.
  3. Add vanilla extract and blend well.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture. Stir until well combined.
  6. Fold in the chopped nuts.
  7. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden.

4. How to Prepare

Once out of the oven, let the cookies cool slightly. While still warm, roll them in additional powdered sugar until fully coated. Let them cool completely on a wire rack. The second coating of powdered sugar gives them the classic snowball look.

5. Preparation Time

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 minutes
  • Total time: 27 minutes

6. Servings

This recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.

7. FAQs

Q: Can I use other types of nuts? A: Absolutely! Almonds or hazelnuts can also be used for a different flavor.

Q: How long do these cookies last? A: Stored in an airtight container, they can last up to a week.

Q: Can I make these cookies gluten-free? A: Yes, use a gluten-free flour blend in place of all-purpose flour.

Q: Can I freeze these cookies? A: Yes, they freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw and re-coat with powdered sugar before serving.

Q: Are these cookies very sweet? A: They have a mild sweetness, balanced by the buttery flavor and nuts.

8. Conclusion

Winter Wonderland Snowball Cookies are more than just a treat; they’re a festive experience. The process of baking and enjoying them can become a cherished winter tradition. Their delicate, buttery texture and subtle sweetness make them an ideal accompaniment to a hot cup of tea or coffee. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party, looking for a sweet gift, or simply want to enjoy a quiet evening at home, these cookies are sure to bring warmth and joy. Happy baking and cozy up with these delightful snowball cookies!