Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Snowball Cookies

When I bake cookies with children, this is one of my favorite cookie recipes. It does not have a ton of ingredients. The recipe is easy enough for older children to work on almost independently. Younger children can help and even handle the dough, since there are no eggs in this cookie recipe if they eat some dough there are no worries! Of course the most important reason I like this cookie recipe is that the cookies taste great!

Snowball Cookies
Makes about 5 dozen cookies


1 ½ cups butter, softened
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups mini chocolate chips or mini M&M’s
Additional powdered sugar for dusting

  1.     Preheat oven 375 degrees F. 
  2.   Mix the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt in a mixer until creamy. 
  3.  Gradually beat in flour
  4. Stir in Chocolate Chips or M&M's
  5.  Shape into 1 to 1 ¼ inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet. 
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies are lightly browned. 
  7. After you remove cookies from oven sift powdered sugar over hot cookies. Allow cookies to cool slightly on cookie sheets, then remove cookies and allow them to cool completely on wire racks.  
    8.      Once cooled, sift additional powdered sugar on cookies.
Note: If you do not have a sifter you can use a colander to “sift” the powdered sugar.