Queenie Cooks: Snowball Kisses

By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: December 21, 2019 | 8:00 a.m.

Russian Teacakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Those-delicious-little-crunchy-nutty-cookies – no matter what you call them, there’s something so satisfying about crunchy little cookies filled with pecan bits and covered with powdered sugar! Well, this year you won’t need to stand underneath the mistletoe to score a Christmas Kiss when you whip up some of these delicious Snowball kisses Cookies with a kiss. Surprise!  This week I’m sharing my best recipe for these traditional favorites with a twist – Snowball Kisses!  

As often happens in my kitchen, I came up with this recipe pretty much accidentally – or by using a bit of creative inventiveness?  Yeah, that sounds better, doesn’t it?  In any case, let’s start with the basics.

 

The original recipe calls for only butter, flour, salt, powdered sugar, vanilla and pecans.  That’s it.  And honestly, they’re absolutely delicious even without the pecans, but … nah.  ANYWAY…  I do love a recipe for something GOOD that doesn’t require a special trip to the grocery store, and who doesn’t keep at least those ingredients on hand?   

Well, one day when I needed some special cookies in a hurry I got those ingredients out and made quick work of putting together the cookie dough. Almost. My food processor made quick work of the pecan chopping part, and the actual mixing would have been a snap, except I accidentally dumped too many pecans in to be chopped, and it’s criminal to throw away pecans – even when they’re tiny pieces, right?  So I put them all in the dough and all of a sudden the added bulk made the “dough” so dry that I couldn’t make a decent ball out of it.  Soooo… at the last minute, I added an extra tablespoon of butter (I know, I know – that just isn’t done, but I did it anyway) and then a new,  “secret ingredient.”  And they were great!

Here’s how the “secret ingredient” part came about.  I ALSO had on hand some chocolate kisses.  And the little voice inside my head kept whispering, “Wonder what those cookies would taste like with chocolate kisses baked inside?” I also wondered if the chocolate would melt and ooze out and make a big ole mess.  Finally, I figured, why not? So I squeezed a fistful of that around each chocolate kiss and hoped for the best.    Anyway, I stuck them in the oven perched atop a sheet of parchment paper and waited 11 minutes for the results and, they turned out to be – TA DA – Snowball Kisses. And now that I’ve done the experimenting and adjusted the recipe for you, it really can be a snap.  You’re welcome!

Actually, there’s a little bit more to the story – a few little you need to know to make these just right. First, you really have to squeeze this “dough” together with your hands to make the balls, because it’s almost like the consistency of cornmeal in the bowl; it takes the warmth of your hands to make it all stick together.  

Also, with nothing to make them rise you don’t have to worry about them spreading while baking, so they all fit on one jelly roll pan and come out of the oven shaped just as they go in. And you do have to be careful not to overbake.  It takes 11 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Period. 

As you can see from the picture of the one I cut in half, none of the chocolate oozes out.  And the taste?  Pretty amazing if I do say so myself!  

So you may or may not want always to make them with the kiss of chocolate hidden inside.  Either way they’re delicious!  But sometimes – especially when you want to surprise special people with something a little different – they’re just perfect. 

They’re great for informal occasions like a neighborhood cookie exchange or a quick nibble during a cosy night in by the fireplace. On the other end of the spectrum, arrange some in a holiday basket or on a crystal plate for just the right, finishing touch on an elegant, festive table.  

Now you’re all ready to whip up your own special Snowball Kisses!  Just imagine the look on their faces when your family or guests bite into “those crunchy powdered-sugar cookies” and discover a chocolate “kiss” – no mistletoe required!  Enjoy!  


Snowball Kisses

  • 1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon softened butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1 1/4 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 30 chocolate kisses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In stand mixer cream butter and powdered sugar. Mix in salt, vanilla, flour and pecans. 

Roll/squeeze dough into one inch balls around the chocolate kisses.

 Place on parchment covered baking sheets a few inches part. Bake for 11 minutes. Do not over bake

Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

Pour 1 cup powdered sugar in large Ziploc bag. Gently add 3-4 cookies at a time and roll them gently in the bottom of the bag. 

Use fork to gently scoop out each cookie. Place on cooling racks. Once completely cooled roll in powdered sugar bag again, gently tap to shake off excess, and enjoy.

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