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Snowball Surprise Quick Cookie Recipe
Snowball Nut Cookies
I was browsing through the cookbooks in a local department store when I first came across the . Thumbing through it I found a section that listed "Christmas Cookie Quickies". Favorite Brand Name: 100 Best Holiday Cookies
Looking over the selections I found the Snowball Surprise Cookie recipe. The list of ingredients could easily be tweaked to taste, and instructions seemed to be pretty simple.
Having made other recipes similar to this, I knew it was a recipe I wanted to try.
Why I Like the Recipe
There are several things I like about this versatile dessert. You can use any kind of nut or chocolate and can divide the batch to make a different assortment. This way everyone gets their favorite kind of cookie. If you are looking for a holiday dessert or snack, these are a great party treat and look festive on a decorative plate with holiday trimmings.
One of the best things about this cookie is that you can make it ahead of time and freeze it. When guests arrive, take the cookies out of the freezer and let them set for 30 minutes or so and you have a great dessert with no mess. Serve them on a nice cookie tray or dessert dish with a hot beverage while you fellowship with friends around the table. This is something I grew up doing, and we especially liked it when my Aunt sent her famous cookies like this one for Christmas.
The cookbook was right, it is an easy recipe and one that the entire family could do together. I can picture Moms and kids making this in the kitchen, while the Dads and Uncles are watching a game on television. Being a tactile activity it's one that works well for home schooling lessons as well.
I listed 2 hours as a suggested time, but that includes one hour in the refrigerator. If you don't want toasted nuts in the recipe knock off another ten minutes. So you can tell, it's "quick" to actually make the cookie. For people who have allergies, keep in mind that this recipe has nuts, but can be made with just the chocolate.
P.S. Annleecakes on Squidoo suggested adding lemon to the recipe. Try it and let me know what you think.
The Hershey's Chocolate Chip Applesauce Coffee Cake is a great recipe for the fall to make for holiday celebrations, brunch or afternoon tea. It is another one of our favorites.
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#148 Created 11/5/13/Published November 5th, 2013
- Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
- Cook time: 30 min
- Ready in: 2 hours
- Yields: Approximately 3 dozen
- 2 sticks softened butter (one cup)
- 3/4 cup powered sugar (to be divided)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup toasted and finely chopped pecans or walnuts
- 3 ounces (1 bar) of chocolate candy with or without almonds broken in 1/2 inch pieces (about 36)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) I don't use it myself.
- NOTE: THIS RECIPE HAS NUTS
- Toasting the Nuts: On a cookie sheet toast pecans or walnuts 8-10 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees in a single layer. Stir often until golden brown. After cooling finely chop the nuts.
- Use parchment paper or lightly grease cookie sheets.
- Beat butter and 1/2 cup of powered sugar in bowl until blended. Stir in vanilla. Add salt and flour gradually until blended. Stir in pecans (nuts).
- Make 36 round dough balls using a tablespoon. Press chocolate pieces into individual balls and reshape making sure the chocolate is covered by the dough. You can use Hershey's, Rolo's, Reeses or any chocolate that can be cut into smaller pieces.
- Place cookies 1 and 1/2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for one hour until the dough is firm.
- Preheat over to 350 degrees. Bake until edges are slightly browned about 10-13 minutes depending on oven.
- Cool for one minute then sprinkle the remaining powered sugar over the cookies covering them completely.
Celebrating 100 Years in Baking Special Edition.
You can find this recipe and more like these in this cookbook. There are 5 sections divided into these topics: Old-Fashioned favorites, Christmas Cookie Quickies, Sugarplum Fun, Jolly Bars & Brownies, and Elegant Yuletide Treasures. The book is 160 pages and has a spiral binding so it lays flat.
Display your holiday creations on this lovely tiered glass set. Three piece set can be used together or individually for desserts, hors d'oeuvres, cheese or fruit making an attractive table display.
Glass and dishwasher safe.