Every year I prepare the simplest of sweets for the holidays. Most are no bake or with very few ingredients. I’m not a baker but I do like to have a few homemade treats in the freezer for when guests come over. This year I pulled out a family recipe book I have that my Aunt made for the family many many years ago. It must have been so much work for her to put together and now that she is no longer with us I appreciate it more than ever.
This easy holiday recipe for Cherry Snowball Christmas Cookies is from that family cookbook and was submitted by another one of my Aunties. I’m not sure why I’ve never made them before but decided this would be the year. Aren’t they just the cutest things and believe me when I say they were so easy to make. No cookie cutters involved or waiting for dough to chill, whoot!
- 1 cup butter
- ½ cup icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 to 3 dozen maraschino cherries (drained and dried)
- fine granulated sugar
- Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
- Add the flour, salt and vanilla and mix well.
- Take a small amount of dough (about 1½ tsp. for each cookie) and flatten in the palm of your hand.
- Place a whole drained and dried cherry on the circle of dough.
- Cover cherry by pinching dough up and around it.
- Roll dough ball between hands until smooth.
- Bake on greased baking sheet at 325 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes.
- While still hot, roll in fine granulated sugar.
- Makes approximately 2 dozen or so depending on how big you make each ball.
- Freezes well.
Merry Christmas everyone!!
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