Well it’s Monday, and the day I post my recipe of the week. Here is one; I thought might be fun to make with the kids either before Christmas if you have the time or after Christmas. As you see the name of the cookies recipe is called Christmas Snowballs. For those children born in some of the Southern States, California and maybe Hawaii or Arizona, many kids have not seen snow. So, Mommy or Daddy you might have to explain what snow is. Believe it or not when we lived in California, when our kids were little, they had never seen snow, and we had to explain to them what it was. How it felt and what it looked like when it fell from the sky. Of course this is long ago,
I suggest make some nice hot chocolate. You know the kind you find on the back of the Hershey’s container. To me, this makes the best.
Now if you are planing on baking these little gems before Christmas, play some Christmas music. My kids and I loved to sing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” I can remember one of us getting stumped with what the next verse was suppose to be. There was always one smarty in the bunch who remembered the next stanza. I assure you it was not me. We’d laugh and giggle when we tried to remember the next few words and often make up our own which lead to even greater laughter. We’d sing many of the other Christmas songs with me singing alto. Sometimes, my husband sang along, but at this time he didn’t quite know the English words or perhaps the tune as well.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Yield: Makes about 20 cookies.
You can make these cookies with wild black walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, hickory or butternuts.
1 cup all-purpose or cake flour
1 1/2 cups walnuts, finely chopped
2-3 Tbsp sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of butter ( One stick of butter at room temperature)
Pinch of salt
Powdered sugar, to coat (about 1 cup)
1. Preheat the oven to 300°F and prepare a large cookie sheet. For precautions: Use Baking paper sheets so the cookies don’t stick. Unless, you have a no stick cookies sheet.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, walnuts, salt, sugar) in a large bowl. Add the vanilla extract. Add the butter in little pieces, and combine everything together with your (clean!) hands until the mixture looks like a coarse meal with nut bits in it.
3. Form the dough into small balls no larger than a walnut and place on the cookie sheet, spaced at least an inch apart from each other. Here is where the fun begins let the children help in making t these cookies into little balls. It doesn’t matter if the cookies are perfectly round. However, I might keep any eye on the size of the cookie. Due to cooking time.
4. Bake for 35 minutes. When they are still warm, but cool enough to touch, roll the cookies in some powdered sugar. Set aside on a rack to cool completely. When cool, dust again in powdered sugar. What’s more fun than having those busy little hands rolling the cookies in powdered sugar. I’m sure unless a dishtowel is tied around their necks (maybe this is a bit old fashion, but it works.) their clothes are going to have to go directly to the wash.
Perhaps, the sweeping of the floor might be needed unless you lay newspapers under their chairs, so whatever accidental spill they make can be picked up in nothing flat. Its this easy and popping in the mouth good.
Coincidentally, I suggest keep the dog out of the kitchen or it will be begging for some of those cookie and walnuts are not good for them at all!
Grab some of those marshmallow and dunk them in the hot, steamy rich, hot chocolate, you made earlier. I can smell it now. For those of us who are dealing with the warmer temperatures, we can always make the degrees inside the house cooler with our air conditioners. Hmm, this cookie might run a little expensive then. I like hot chocolate anytime except during the summer.
Merry Christmas. Remember Jesus is the reason for the season. For those who don’t know Him. BELIEVE Jesus came to earth to seek and save that which was lost. BELIEVE he died on the cross to save you and me. CONFESS with your mouth that you have sinned and errored in your behavior and life. ACCEPT the gift. TELL someone. FIND a church that teaches and believes in the whole Bible.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten self, that who soever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life.”
My next blog will be on Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Humor on Friday, December 27 Bible scripture for the week and then on December 29 my usual blog. sle