Snowballs

IMG_8248Hello all–  Last week when I talked to my girls on the phone, I asked, “So what should I be baking for Christmas?”  They both said those little gingerbread guys– and fudge and these old favorite snowballs.  They’re buttery, nutty, powdery and just look like Christmas.  If your mom was a baker back in the day, you probably grew up eating these cookies.  So yummy.

SNOWBALLS
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
more powdered sugar (about a cup)

With an electric mixer, combine the butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and vanilla.  Then mix in the flour, salt and walnuts.  Mix on a high speed until the solid dough forms–it will take longer than you think, just keep mixing.  Roll the dough into neat little balls and bake them on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes until they just begin to brown.

While the cookies are still hot, roll them in a bowl of powdered sugar and set them out to cool.  After they are cooled down, roll them in powdered sugar once more.

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