It started flurrying yesterday and my sister immediately starting yelling "No! NO! I hate snow!" A few minutes later, it stopped. I guess the weather gods are liking her better than me right now, because I always love a good sledding hill or snowball fight! Oh, well. I'm sure more snow is on the way at some point.
For now I'll just have to make do with these edible snowball cookies and a mug of hot chocolate! [Update 01/09/2012: I was invited to post these cookies on Sweet as Sugar Cookies! How fun!]
Snowball Cookies [click to print]
Makes about 30 cookies
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-1/4 c. flour
1 c. pecans or walnuts, chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. powdered sugar (for rolling)
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla. Whisk together flour, nuts and salt; mix until just combined.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper or coat with nonstick cooking spray. Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon (or use my favorite OXO cookie scoop!) and roll into balls. Place on baking sheet about 1" apart. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool on sheet until you can handle them with bare hands, about 10 minutes. Pour powdered sugar in a small bowl and gently roll cookies in powdered sugar. Place on wire rack until completely cooled. Roll in powdered sugar again. You can store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to a month.
Source: Adapted from My Baking Addiction