It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas! Oh wait… not just yet, hold on a second!! There’s still loads to do … and you’re not even halfway down your checklist right? I love that I can relate to you and you to me and there’s no judging our anything.. right? ,) We really are always in the same boat when it comes to organizing our lives come end of your party planning… I mean, what were we doing in October… twiddling our thumbs…? Nonsense!!! 🙂
Ok, before I share this unbelievably easy recipe for you ( well, it’s for SAnta).. I’d like to share something else with you…. I just graduated from my culinary school almost year long course!!! I’m super chuffed!
YAY me!!!! I’m so sad that it’s over but also pretty relieved that it all went pretty well and smoothly.. I’ve learnt loads during this year and I intend on utilizing my knowledge to the max… we truly are blessed to receive such opportunities in life…. On another note. the weather here has been almost TROPICAL.. look at this..
I mean, it’s hard to be all Christmassy when you’re seeing this a week before!!! I’m not complaining though!:)
Ok so down to these immensely awesome and fun cookies…
They’re literally the EASIEST thing you’ll ever make… what’s great is that the kids can get involved.. which I love around this time of year coz it makes them feel happy and cheery and that they’re contributing too…! It’s just making the dough, rolling it into balls, baking them and then dousing them in tonnes of powdery sweet icing sugar…!
I place a kitchen towel under the cooling rack, because when you start showering these guys with sugar, you dont want to get it all over your counter.. this way you just dust off the kitchen towel and bung it in the washing machine!
Aren’t they pretty? And they literally melt in your mouth, so it’s fun for everyone!
Here’s the recipe!adapted from joyofbaking.com
- Cookies for Santa! Melting Snowballs
- 1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (60 grams) cornstarch (corn flour)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup (30 grams) confectioners sugar (powdered or icing)
- 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioners sugar (powdered or icing)
- In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt.
- In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Cover and refrigerate the batter for an hour or two, or until firm. But make sure they’re not too firm so that you can’t shape them.
- Preheat oven to 177 degrees C and place rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- When the dough is firm, form into 1 inch (2.5 cm) balls by gently rolling them between your palms and place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake for about 10 – 14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just start to brown and you start seeing cracks on the tops. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 3-5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack that is placed over a sheet of parchment or wax paper, or as in my case, a kitchen towel. Put the confectioners(icing sugar) sugar in a fine strainer or sieve and sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the sugar.
- These cookies store very well. Place in an airtight container between sheets of wax paper and they will keep a couple of weeks. If desired, just before serving, sprinkle the tops of the cookies with confectioners sugar.
- Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
If I don’t see yu here in a few days, then do have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas with your loved ones…Thank you for reading my posts! And whatever you do… just remember… cook with love!
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