Sunday, December 9, 2012

Chocolate Snowballs / Eggless Snowball Cookies - Easy Christmas Cookies


Baking a perfect batch of cookies is really a challenging task for me. Most of the time i end up with burnt cookies or my experiments on cookies like egg substitute, making it vegan ended up in grand failure :( Yes so many times wasted flour, sugar, butter, coconut flakes, chocolate chips etc n my energy too in baking cookies and after that completely stopped trying it. But I wanted to share some Christmas related recipes here, Christmas cannot be completed without freshly baked goodies. So last week i tried baking the easiest cookie recipe - Snowball Cookies. Yup, really its very easy, simple recipe with basic baking ingredients and i bet any one can bake this beautiful looking snowballs :)

Long back i won Taste of Home Cookies book as a giveaway gift by Jabeen. The book has more than 600 cookies/ biscotti/ brownies/ short breads n much more recipes. I love each n every recipe in that book n wanted to try few cookies n brownies. In that row, first i picked this easy n simple chocolate snowballs from that book.

The original recipe is with egg but i don't like eggs in cookies, so searched for eggless snowballs and got it here. Both the recipes are same except the egg n extra addition of chocolate chips. So i halved the original recipe and it came out perfectly. These snowballs are melt in mouth cookies, crunchy n very delicious. Its one of the best choice of edible gifts to present your loved ones for any special occasions or festivals. Do give it a try!!!

Ingredients (yield about 4 dozen)
  1. Original Recipe From the Book "Taste of Home Cookies"
  2. Unsalted Butter, softened        3/4 cup 
  3. Sugar                 1/2 cup
  4. Egg                     1 no.
  5. Vanilla Extract     2 tsp
  6. All Purpose flour       2 cups
  7. Salt               1/2 tsp
  8. Chopped Nuts           1/2 cup( i used cashew nuts n almonds)
  9. Mini Chocolate chips         1/2 cup
  10. Confectioner's Sugar       1/2 cup or as needed
For Eggless Chocolate Snowballs ( yield 20 golf ball sized cookies)
I just halved the above recipe, butter = 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp

Method
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg(for eggless version skip egg in this step) and vanilla mix everything well.
  • Combine the flour and salt, stir into creamed mixture.
  • Lastly fold in the nuts and chocolate chips and using hands mix everything to a stiff dough.
  • Then cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  • After that remove the dough from fridge, roll into 1" balls.
  • Place 1" apart on baking sheets and bake it for 15-20 minutes. Mine took around 17 minutes.
  • Once done remove from oven to wire racks.
  • Cool cookies slightly before rolling in confectioners' sugar.

Notes:
I refrigerated the dough for 1 hour.
U can use any desired nuts like walnuts, pecans etc.
I used regular granulated sugar for cookies, but u can also use powdered sugar.
You can roll the cooled snowballs in confectioners' sugar or simply sprinkle over it.


33 comments:

  1. Perfectly made, look so cute

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  2. perfectly done cookies.. Feel the Christmas!

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  3. Perfect for the season.. Looks so nice and easy to make. Lovely presentation..

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  4. These cookies look really nice, especially with the sugar dusting!

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  5. christmasy looking delights; nice clicks

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  6. Me too me tooo add me too in that tried a cookie and threw everything in the trash list. That s why i dont bake them anymore. But these are beauties Sangee.. simple and rustic looking!

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  7. Beauties Sangee.. U got em perfect...

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  8. Perfect, I wanted to bake these snow cookies before christmas

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  9. Cookies looks soooooooo perfect...
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  10. wow waiting for this cookies after u posted on FB... really awesome one akka... but shall i avoid egg or can use egg replacer in this recipe???
    Thalipeeth
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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    1. Yes Viji..u can completely skip egg n no need of egg substitute...Mine was eggless snowballs :)

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  11. Wow wow.. these cookies look so tempting and delicious!!! very perfect for the season!!!
    Sowmya
    Ongoing Event - CWF - Whole Wheat Flour
    Ongoing Event - Eggless Bakes and Treats
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  12. Cookies look perfect, my eggless venture has made throw some cakes when I have baked them with fruit purées, cookies have never been a problem but have spread out quite big, sometimes soft, but as I am not a great cookie eater, I always relay on family & friends for their feed back for posting if they like I post my recipe :)), Sangee beautiful clicks as well

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  13. I wanted to try this for a long time. Very nicely done and beautiful presentation

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  14. Perfect lovely treats... absolutely fantastic..
    Reva

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  15. Wow cookies look irresistible...
    Have a lovely week ahead:)

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  16. Sangee these look so cute and love the chocolate chips and nuts in them :) looks like some hidden treats, perfect for christmas

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  17. wow cute snowball,totally loved this post...

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  18. Looks absolutely mouthwatering!!

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  19. cookies look really yummy, especially pics r so cool..
    Maha

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  20. cute looking cookies,well done...

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  21. Perfect cookies.. beautiful pics :)

    Regards,
    Bindu
    http://indianrecipegalleri.blogspot.in/

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  22. looks so tempting and the eggless version sounds inviting...nice clicks

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  23. So perfectly done and beautifully presented..

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  24. Cute and very attractive chocolate snowballs, i dont mind munch some even its too late for me.

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  25. Delicious snowballs...

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  26. cookies looks very tempting and is making me hungry!
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    Maha

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  27. Cookies looks so tempting and lovely recipe...

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  28. I also have the same experience. I always spoil cookies by over burning it. I just looked at the eggless snowball cookies. It seems easy and quick. I should try.

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