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Snowball Russian Tea Cake Cookies
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Holiday Your Way Tips and Tricks

Snowball Russian Tea Cake Cookies

The BEST Powdered Sugar SNOWBALL Cookies!  This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe! These Russian Tea Cake Cookies are so easy to make! They’re made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking! I make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays – everyone always love them! 

What do you call these cookies?
Snowballs?
Russian Teacakes?
Mexican Wedding Cakes?
Butterballs?

I call them delicious.

The BEST Powdered Sugar SNOWBALL Cookies!  This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe! These Russian Tea Cake Cookies are so easy to make! They're made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking! I make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays - everyone always love them! 

Snowballs are commonly baked around the holiday season.  They are a form of Jumble which was a popular cookie pastry made in the Middle Ages.  Jumbles were popular during that time because they traveled and kept so well, thanks to their hard nature being made with nuts or seeds. Although in the Middle Ages they were known to keep these cookies around for a year without becoming stale, I dare you to keep them around for a week without eating them.   

These are one of my favorite cookies due to the crunch of the finely chopped pecans and powdered sugar you roll them in.  Do you love powdered sugar as much as I do? I hope so.  
The BEST Powdered Sugar SNOWBALL Cookies!  This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe! These Russian Tea Cake Cookies are so easy to make! They're made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking! I make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays - everyone always love them! 

I prefer using pecans for these cookies.  You want to make sure they are finely chopped so they don’t overwhelm the cookies so just take a handful and throw them in your food processor. A few pulses later you’ll have exactly what you want.
The BEST Powdered Sugar SNOWBALL Cookies!  This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe! These Russian Tea Cake Cookies are so easy to make! They're made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking! I make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays - everyone always love them! 

You’ll also want to chill the dough for about 20 minutes.  Why do you want to chill?  These cookies have flour in them, so chilling the dough permits the gluten strands in the flour to cause a rubbery texture in the final cookie.  Also, having the chilled dough makes it much easier to roll some balls when it’s time to bake them.
The BEST Powdered Sugar SNOWBALL Cookies!  This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe! These Russian Tea Cake Cookies are so easy to make! They're made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking! I make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays - everyone always love them! 

Enjoy our family’s favorite cookies, Snowball Russian Teacake Cookies!  
The BEST Powdered Sugar SNOWBALL Cookies!  This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe! These Russian Tea Cake Cookies are so easy to make! They're made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking! I make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays - everyone always love them! 

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The BEST Powdered Sugar SNOWBALL Cookies!  This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe! These Russian Tea Cake Cookies are so easy to make! They're made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking! I make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays - everyone always love them! 

 

Snowball Russian Teacake Cookies

The BEST Powdered Sugar SNOWBALL Cookies!  This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe! These Russian Tea Cake Cookies are so easy to make! They're made with pecans and then rolled in powdered sugar after baking! I make a few batches to hand out for gifts around the holidays - everyone always love them! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • confectioners powdered sugar to roll cookies in

Instructions

  1. Mix butter, sugar and vanilla together in bowl.
  2. Mix flour and salt together in other bowl.
  3. Combine flour mixture with butter mixture, stir so blended together nicely.
  4. Add pecans and stir so they are equally distributed.
  5. Chill dough for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Roll dough in 1 inch balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set but not browned.
  9. While still warm, roll each cookie in powdered sugar.
  10. Let cool, store in airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Makes 18 Snowball Cookies.

Holiday Your Way Tips and Tricks

Are you ready for the holidays?  The big day is just a few days away!

Are you excited? Do you get anxious the night before?  When it’s Christmas morning do you bounce out of bed?  The holiday is always full of so much magic.  Even as you get older, there is still a feeling of excitement that always exists.

 

Learn more party ideas here and be sure to check out more Holiday Entertaining tips to plan the perfect event.

So the Cookie Party is ready to begin, but you spent all day baking your favorite cookies, suddenly you realize you have 30 minutes to throw on a sweater, shake the flour out of your hair and clean your house that is looking a big messy.   Don’t worry, you can clean your house in 23 minutes. Yup, you heard me right, 23 minutes.

Tips:
Don’t worry about rooms that won’t get visitors.   Most likely noone is going to be stopping in the bedroom, so don’t worry about cleaning that room. Shut the doors to all those rooms, it’s the secret code to “don’t you dare look in this room”.

A bathroom mirror is one of the most looked at places in your home.  Everyone checks themselves out in it.  Grab a paper towel, wipe down the mirror and then use that towel for the sink and faucet.  Just like that your bathroom is looking shiny clean.

Those dish towels you used all day long while cooking and baking?  You want those cleaned up. Make sure to replace them with some fluffy clean towels. 

If you have a Roomba, run it while you’re doing all the other clean up spots.  Let the robotic vacuum help you out! I love our Roomba, his name is Blinky. 

Did you bake some cookies for your friends or family? That’s pretty kind of you!   But here’s the tricky part, how do you ship them overseas without breaking or causing custom issues?  Here are some tips to make this process easier and prevent perfect looking cookies from turning into crumbles.

Please share in the comments your own holiday tips! 

 

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