Snowball Almond Cookies
Have you ever tasted snowballs? Well, these ones are the sweetest I’ve ever had! They were so wonderful! Not only were they delicious, but also quick and simple to make. I thoroughly savoured them as they melted in my mouth… just like how little snowballs would!
Also known as Russian Tea Cakes and Mexican Wedding Cookies, these cookies are commonly enjoyed during Christmas, weddings and… perhaps tea time as the name suggests?
adapted from allrecipes Makes approximately 24 cookies
- 1/2 cups unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cups finely ground almonds
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp confectioners’ sugar for rolling
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Cream butter or margarine in a bowl, gradually add confectioners’ sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Add almonds and vanilla. Blend in flour gradually and mix well.
- Shape into balls (or crescents) using about 1 teaspoon for each cookie. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, and bake for 15-20 min. Do not brown. Cool slightly, then roll in the extra confectioners’ sugar.
Yummy!! I would definitely attempt this again. The almonds could easily be substituted for other ground nuts, and that might be something I would try. In many of the Russian Tea Cake recipes, I’ve also seen chopped nuts being employed. I believe that would add an extra crunch to the cookies!
I am submitting my post to Aspiring Bakers #14: Creative Christmas Bakes hosted by Hankerie.
I brought these cookies to Melissa’s annual X’mas party.
Melissa’s place was gorgeous. Her lighting was perfect for my photography too!
This was a Secret Santa present contained in a beautiful box! I couldn’t leave it alone without having a picture of it!