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Kid-Friendly Snowballs

Today’s recipe comes from reader Toni Campbell.  It’s easy to make, uses ingredients you likely have on hand, and kids can’t resist rolling the snowballs in the sugar!  Whip up a batch of these today and make some memories with the littles in your life.

The Snowball recipe Toni shared has been in her family for six (yes six!!!) generations.  If they’ve been making it that long, its got to be good.  Toni shares, “My great grandmother used to make these and she learned to make them from her mom. When I moved out of the house my great grandmother gave me the recipe for these and a few others. I make them every year and am teaching my kids to make them.”
1 cup butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
maraschino cherries for centres
white sugar for rolling.
Cream butter, icing sugar, flour, and vanilla together. Drain and dry cherries.  Roll dough into balls.  Flatten and roll around cherry.  Bake at 300F for 8-10 minutes.  Cool 2 minutes and roll into white sugar.
When I started mixing the dough, it seemed like there was too much flour.  Once I used my hands instead, the dough mixed up very easily.
After a bit of trial and error I came up with a method for getting the cherries in the centre.  If you actually read the recipe, you’ll notice it’s not the method suggested.  Truthfully, I was feeling too lazy to get the rolling pin from the basement.  Anyway.  Start with loose dough in the palm of your hand.  put the cherry in the middle and squish the dough around.  Voila!  Perfect snowballs.
Dominic wasn’t super keen on helping me make the snowballs, but once I poured sugar on a plate, he was in.
I loved that these were so quick to make and didn’t require any fancy ingredients.  They froze well and tasted amazing fresh out of the oven and days later.  I think my snowballs ended up being on the large side, so I’ll try to make them smaller when I make them again.
Snowballs are the perfect christmas cookie to make with your kids. A classic shortbread recipe rolled in sugar with a cherry centre? Count me in!
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Snowballs are the perfect christmas cookie to make with your kids. A classic shortbread recipe rolled in sugar with a cherry centre? Count me in!
This recipe is the second of four in the best-loved Christmas recipes series.  Thanks again Toni!  What does your family make every Christmas?
Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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