Snowball Cookies

Thursday, December 1, 2016

This week we welcome back guest blogger, Melissa from The fauxMartha. Melissa is a designer by day, baker by night, and a mama, wife, and minimalist always. She’s a purist at heart. Butter, cream, milk, eggs, flour—they all have a place in her kitchen. Making food from scratch and sharing tips is her jam. She battles her severe sweet tooth with loads of vegetables. Her mantra: Life is butter with flour.

It’s truly a miracle that butter, flour, and sugar can produce so many different outcomes—from crispy cookies to melt-in-your-mouth cookies. Like a ball of snow in a warm hand, these Snowball Cookies are the melty variety with a slight crunch from the crushed pecans. If you ignore the salt and extract, which maybe you shouldn’t, a masterpiece is born with only 4 ingredients. They come together way too easy and disappear just as fast. This recipe produces a small batch, which is plenty enough to be dangerous at our house. It can easily double or tripled for a large crowd.

 Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies
Serves:  about 20 tiny cookies
Ingredients:

1 stick (8 tbsp.) Kerrygold Unsalted Butter
½ c. powdered sugar, divided
1 c. all-purpose flour
¼ c. finely crushed pecans
⅛ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and ¼ cup of the powdered sugar until creamy, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together the flour, pecans, and salt in a small bowl. Turn off mixer and add in the flour mixture as well as the extract. Mix on medium-low until everything is incorporated. Dough will look dry and rollable. Using a tablespoon-sized spring release scoop or a spoon, scoop tablespoon sized dough balls. Roll into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-13 minutes. Remove before any browning occurs. The cookies will be slightly firm to touch, hardening once they cool. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes. In a small bowl, add the remaining ¼ cup powdered sugar. Roll the top of each cookie in the powdered sugar. It will melt a bit onto the cookie. Place on a serving platter or in an airtight container. Just before serving, add an additional light dusting of powdered sugar to the tops.

Notes
Kerrygold Butter is naturally soft. Skip bringing it to room temperature. It creams well straight out of the fridge.