Hey everyone, its Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com. Today we’re baking almonds snowball cookies that just melt in your
mouth. You’ll make these again and again.
Preheat your oven to 400˚F, then in a large mixing bowl
combine two sticks or half a pound of softened unsalted butter with half a cup
of powdered sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat that together until
it’s creamy and smooth. Gradually add two cups of all-purpose
flour, beating between each addition, then add half a teaspoon of sea salt and
one cup of almond meal. Mix just until your cookie dough forms then add the
zest from one whole medium orange. The orange zest really takes these up a
notch. It adds incredible flavor and makes these smells so festive.
Also, when you’re zesting, make sure you only get the orange colored outer layer
of the peel. Fold your cookie batter until that zest is fully incorporated.
The cookie dough will be moist but shouldn’t stick to your fingertips. I’m
using a large 3/4 baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and a small cookie
scoop. This scoop makes the dough so easy to portion and the cookies are all
exactly the same size so they’ll bake up evenly. Once you have 35 to 40 cookies,
roll them between your hands gently into a ball. Keep the cookies about an inch
apart and bake at 400˚F for 11 to 13 minutes or until they’re
just lightly golden at the edges. Transfer them to a wire rack and let
them cool for about 5 minutes. Fill a small bowl with powdered sugar
and roll each cookie in the sugar while its still warm, not hot, just warm. Then
transfer them back onto the wire rack and let them cool completely to room
temperature. Once they’re cool to the touch,
roll them one more time in powdered sugar and that’s all there is to it. All
right, I better get this taste test going because my little girl keeps blazing
through the kitchen and every time she comes out, she’s got powdered sugar all
over it she’s probably eaten a few too many of these already.
They’re so good, kids love them. All right, here we go – the taste test. Wow! These completely melt in your mouth
they’re buttery, soft, crumbly. These are delicious you can really taste the
almond in there and the little bits of orange zest take these over the top.
These are so good, totally easy to make, perfect for your
Christmas cookie platters. I mean look at this,
it’s just irresistible, beautiful; who wouldn’t want that for Christmas. I
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