The classic snowball cookie recipe gets a vegan makeover! These melt in your mouth vegan cookies are buttery, and dusted with sugar. This is the easiest vegan Christmas cookie recipe you've ever made!
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Snowball cookies, are delicate, buttery, cookies similar to shortbread, but with nuts and dusted with powdered sugar. They are called snow ball cookies because they do, in fact, look like snowballs! They’re so cute, I love putting them out for friends simply because of how pretty they are. Not much extra work for presentation required. I am currently enjoying a bowl of cookies to myself with a glass of homemade vegan eggnog, topped with coconut whipped cream, just because it’s the Holidays and I can!
To create this recipe, I tried to stay as true to the traditional technique and ingredients as possible. In a stand mixer, (or medium bowl with a hand mixer) I creamed together vegan butter (I like Earth Balance or Melt), 1/4 cup powdered sugar, pure vanilla extract and pink salt. This butt-sugar mixture on it’s own is delicious, but quite ratchet to eat alone... not that I haven’t done so.
In a separate bowl, I combined unbleached all-purpose white flour and finely chopped nuts. You can use any nut you like, but my favorites for this recipe are walnuts or almonds. That’s what my Omi (grandmother) always used in her holiday baking and so, I’ve stuck to the same. Then,
I gradually added the flour mixture to butter mixture; beating after each addition. I mixed until it all came together like a dough.
This part is always my favorite! Using my (clean- duh) hand to shape the dough into balls, and then placing on a cookie sheet 1 inch apart. These cookies are best baked for 15 minutes until lightly browned. I highly recommend not overbaking them- so pay attention. In fact, I suggest under baking them slightly. You want them to melt in your mouth, not crumble- under baking ensure this happens.
When the cookies, are baked, I have found the best way to go about the next steps are as follows:
-Gently remove cookies from baking pan, and place on a wire rack to cool for 2-5 mins until you can handle them.
-Meanwhile prepare a shallow bowl with 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
-Gently roll warm cookies in powdered sugar and place back onto the wire rack to cool completely.
-Once cooled, roll cookies in powdered sugar a second time.
Voila! Cookies are ready to eat! I hope you love this stupid easy recipe as much as I do, and make it part of your holiday baking traditions. Oh and don’t forget-these snowballs are better for eating than for throwing at your friends faces.
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