Wednesday, December 26, 2012

White chocolate, walnut, and almond snowball cookies

Hey all,
Apart from candies that I discussed in my previous post, the holidays are epitomized by cookies. In fact most food blogs, including my favorites: Smitten Kitchen, Joy the Baker, and Lottie+Doof, bring forth the deliciousness of the cookie in a variety of ways. Whether it be chocolate, macadamia, chestnut, or any other flavor cookies, they highlight how delicious the holiday season can be.

Thus far, I felt like I haven't yet contributed to this wonderful tradition and that changes today.

That changes today with my white chocolate, walnut, and almond snowball cookies.

The snowball cookie is one of the easiest cookies to make - but the twist in this cookie is the combination of flavors that I am using. Sweet white chocolate pairs well with the toasted walnuts and almonds and I will warn you that it is very addicting.

The process is so simple that I recommend this recipe to everyone. You can mix and match any combination of nut (cashews, pistachios would be wonderful) and chocolate (maybe a bittersweet dark chocolate).

It begins with beating together butter and powdered sugar. This combination is what makes the cookie almost melt in your mouth.

Toast the nuts. I promise you - it will bring out the amazing flavors hidden away in those almonds and walnuts. (Trust me, you'll start doing it for all of your recipes.) Chop the toasted nuts up.

Add in the extract, flour, and the chopped nuts and mix it together to form the dough.

Spoon the dough and roll it into 1-inch balls. Bake it off from this....

to this....

It'll be barely golden brown. But those twelve minutes are enough.

Defy all expectations and allow it to cool.

Roll it in powdered sugar and you are done! It's that simple and please don't feel insulted in anyway when I post this recipe up.

White Chocolate, walnut, and almond snowball cookies
Adapted from The Cookie Bible
Yield: About 3 dozen cookies (depends on the size)
2 sticks of butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar and extra for coating the cookies
2/3 tbsp vanilla extract
1/3 tsp of salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cup of toasted chopped almonds and walnuts
1/2 cup of white chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 375F
2. Beat the butter, vanilla, salt and powdered sugar until creamy.
3. Gradually beat in flour and then stir in the chocolate chips and nuts
4. Take tablespoons of dough and shape them into balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheets
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are set and lightly browned.
6. Remove from oven and let them cool completely.
7. Roll the cookies in the powdered sugar.
8. Store in airtight containers.

These make great holiday cookies (not just Christmas but any other holiday!). I loved these and I hope you do too!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! See you in 2013!

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