December 2, 2011

Holiday Cookie Week: Spiced Buttery Pecan Snowballs & Cookie Recipe Round-Up! {Powernap}

Mexican Wedding Cookies

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I just couldn’t do a whole week of cookies without mentioning these favorites, Buttery Pecan Snowballs. They might actually be the most ubiquitous holiday cookie of all time (or are did they originate as Mexican wedding cookies, or tea cakes in Russia?) and I do not know of one person who doesn’t like them. My Mom’s recipe has always called for pecans so that is what I use in ours. Like a true Powernap recipe, these cookies are an absolute cinch to make. The dough calls for four ingredients assembled in one bowl. Then they are rolled up and baked before be covered with a light dusting of sugar.

My recipe for these cookies is below, and I know there is a good chance you have a version of your own in your recipe collection. If you don’t I can guarantee you’ll love these. The toasted pecans add a terrific flavor the buttery, sugary cookie and are bound to please every single one of your guests. For those of you thinking ahead for upcoming parties and entertaining like I am, you can make these cookies today and freeze them until you are ready to serve them. They freeze beautifully!

To wrap up cookie week here is a list of delicious links to some of my favorite holiday cookies from around the web:

Jam Shortbread Thumbprints: Simple Bites

Perfect Roll-Out Cookies: Dorie Greenspan

Spritz Christmas Wreath Cookies: Epicurious

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Bites: Bluebonnets & Brownies

Ginger Molasses Cookies with Ginger Syrup: King Arthur Flour

- Gingered Orange Shortbread: Food for My Family

Peppermint Meringue Kisses: Fine Cooking

Super Chunky Christmas Cookies: Food Network

- Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Cookies: Cooking Channel

 

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Recipe

Buttery Pecan Snowballs

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for rolling
1 pinch kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon*
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves*
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cups chopped pecans

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line two baking sheets with silicone or silpat and set aside.

2. In a mixer or a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Then add the vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and salt and mix well. Add the flour and pecans and mix just until the batter forms.

3. Roll the dough into large 1″ balls and place them 1″ apart on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until they are lightly tanned.

4. Allow the balls to cool completely and then roll them in a bowl of confectioners’ sugar to coat.

* For classic Mexican Wedding Cookies omit the cinnamon and cloves.

 

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These cookies are casual enough for kids and sophisticated enough for a dinner party. They are also a guaranteed hit at the office!

 

Naptime Stopwatch

Prep time 5 minutes, bake time 30 minutes

 

Naptime Reviews

The new spices in here were a huge hit, but we like the traditional version too.