Where I live, it snows in the winter. I actually don’t mind the winter or snow. There is just something so magical about it!!! I have always thought of snow as a blanket of peace. A reminder to us all— to be still, to be peaceful with ourselves and others.
Now that the winter solstice has come and gone and Yuletide season is here…it’s time to make snowball cookies!
- 1 cup of vegan butter or refined coconut oil. Unrefined coconut oil will give a coconut flavor…which is totally fine if that’s what you’re going for.
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts (you can use less- but the nuts are the fun part. You can also use pecans, almonds, etc. ) Most of the recipes for this type of cookie call for finely chopped nuts but I think they get lost. I go for bigger pieces, chopped but we don’t want walnut powder….
- Extra powdered sugar to coat the cookies in.
Leave the butter out to soften. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Mix the butter and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar together. Add in the flour. Fold in the nuts. If you mix them in, they will break up more. Roll the dough into balls. I use a tablespoon sized scoop. Bake for 22 minutes. Your oven may vary from 20-25 minutes. You can put a lot on one pan, as they don’t “rise”.
You want to aim for a light brown color. Almost, undone looking. These should melt in your mouth so going for golden brown all over equals more chewing. 😆
Let the cookies cool on the pan for about 4 minutes. Then roll them in the powdered sugar. 4 minute is the perfect cooling time. Just cool enough that the powdered sugar will stick but not so hot they fall apart.
Use a small but deep dish to sugar them in. This makes life easier. I also like to use a big spoon. You can use a tea strainer to fish them out if you’re trying to conserve powdered sugar.
This recipe made 33 cookies. 32 and 1/2 are pictured. I ate one, then cut one in half to show you and then ate that half. And I’m eating the other half while typing this…
Be sure to let them cool completely before putting them in the cookie jar.