“it’s almost winter” almond snowballs

well, when i looked out my kitchen window this morning, i could see that mountain in the distance, and noticed a new addition to that spectacular vista. is it latte foam steaming off the top of that mountain? um, no. but, in fact, that very peak is topped with a fresh coating of snow! with its proud white cap, the mountain is reminding me that winter can’t be too far along, and i’d best hunt down my car window scraper and my favorite l.l.bean gloves, because the chill is on its way!

…and there’s no better cookie to remind me of snow and winter — and the fact that there’s only about one month before the crazed holiday baking trays will be topped off with these snowy white peaks of delicate goodness. so, to get you in the mood, and to get you thinking about all that holiday baking coming your way, here’s an old family favorite — one that has graced our holiday table since i was born! my family knows them as almond snowballs, but you may remember them as mexican wedding cookies or russian teacakes. whatever the name, they truly are scrumptious!

almondsnow

almond snowballs
ingredients:
1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsps. almond extract
1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar for rolling

instructions
1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. cream butter in large bowl until light and fluffy.
3. add sugar, vanilla extract and almond extract.
4. sift in flour and salt.
5. shape into balls the size of walnuts.
6. place on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake in 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.
7. remove from cookie sheet and immediately roll in confectioner’s sugar. cool, then roll in confectioner’s sugar again.
8. enjoy!

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