Recipe by Paula
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The "snowballs" are delicious! Very easy to package and make! I added white chocolate chips and coconut and put them in snowflake covered bags calling them "snowballs in a bag"...they were a big hit to all who recieved them and then again when they were baked and eaten!
Did this for a church bake & craft sale. Decorated the jar, put it on a tray and surrounded it with baked cookies. The cookies were sort of dry and bland with all of the shortening, so for the second batch I used 1/2 cup of butter, 1/4 cup shortening and 1/4 cup margarine. I also added 1/4 tsp. of salt. Tips: 1) The powered sugar sticks better if you let cookies cool slightly then roll; let them completely cool and roll again. Can also add sugar sprinkles to the powered sugar for some color. 2) Mix did not completely fill the quart jar, so I put some powered sugar with colored sprinkles in a baggie, tied it with a ribbon and set it on top of mix.
I couldn't stand the thought of using all that shortening(yuck)so I used butter and it was much like my shortbread recipe. They do need to be rolled in sugar while slightly warm, sugar sticks better. overall very good.
I made four gift jars with this recipe and I made a batch for my house, too. They're good cookies and they're especially appropriate for this time of year. I tried adding coconut and white chocolate chips. I liked the chips but the coconut didn't add much to the cookie. I put just a little less than a cup of pecans in the jars and topped them with white chips. I used quart-sized jars for this and can't wait to send snowballs in a jar to my friends who live in warmer climates.
Note: Once mixed, the ingredients form a crumble rather than a dough and I made the balls bigger than 1" and got about 2 dozen cookies.
Very good - I always make these and teh saltine toffee cookies found on this site. They are awsome, one tip, though, when you roll the cookies, first sprinle in water, then roll - much more sugar and better taste.Delish!
Wow! These cookies are absolutely delicious, I've only had two so far but they are great! Right up there in my top 3 cookie recipes, and that's saying a lot. I really like cookies that have a rather shortbread like texture like these and the flavor is perfect. I used half butter and half shortening because that's what I had, and I decided to make 2 types of snowballs by splitting the dough in half. In one half, I put the teaspoon of vanilla and half a cup chocolate chips (we don't like nuts). In the other, I put a teaspoon of peppermint extract and half a cup of white chips. I got exactly 24 cookies and rolled them in powdered sugar while still warm. Just great, thanks for the recipe!
I decided to follow one rater's suggestion of snowballs in a bag and thought it would be good to make and try them before giving away the jar version. They taste great - a lot like shortbread but much easier to make. My dough was crumbly but they formed into balls easily.
I just rolled these in balls and flattened with a fork. I sprinkled with sugar and baked at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes. Pretty good!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Snow Balls in a Jar
Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 30
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