It’s snowing in Colorado.
My nephews shoveled buckets of the cold, fluffy white stuff today whereas I had my doors open and let a warm Florida breeze blow the cobwebs out of the corners.
Normally I don’t miss the winter downfall. I don’t miss scraping ice, putting chains on my tires, heating up my car for 20 minutes just so my tush doesn’t freeze to the seat. I don’t miss fighting against the drifts just to get out my door, or the wind chill that sends my cheeks to cracking and eyeballs to glaze over with thin sheets of ice.
However, every now and then I miss plodding quietly along a forest path, my footsteps the first to leave an impression on the glittering white blanket.
And every now and then I miss building a snow man or tossing snowballs across the yard at the enemy, who on any other day would be my very best of friends.
And twice a year, every year I miss waking up and seeing my world painted in thick layers of blues and whites, but only twice. Christmas and Thanksgiving. Somehow snow and Christmas have come to be synonymous with each other. Did you ever hear of the Christmas carols.
“I’ll Have A Green Christmas”
“Coconuts Roasting On A Bonfire”
“Warmy The Sun Man” (what do you suppose he would look like)
Yeah I didn’t think so. Yet we forget there are millions of people around the world who celebrate Christmas each year and have not once had a white one.
I’m ok without my snow most of the time and for the rest of us who won’t have a white Christmas this year, we can improvise, quite deliciously I might add.
Snowball cookies are one of those treats I forget about 11 months of the year and recall, with bewildered joy, how much I love them during the 12th. To be honest the base recipe is nothing more than a twist on the pecan sandie and personally that’s ok with me.
What makes them as much fun as riding a sled head for heather down an icy hill, is how easily they are modified to create different tastes and flavors.
Being in Florida and suddenly finding myself missing the sharp intake of a cool breath when you walk outside after a fresh snowfall I couldn’t think of a better combination than peppermint and snowball cookies.
I created a peppermint powder by grinding mints in the food processor and then rolling the snowballs in powdered sugar and then the mint sugar. I had to do it pretty quickly because any humidity tended to cause the mint sugar to stick pretty quick but keeping a whisk handy helped.
So regardless of where you are, you can still have your cool winter and your snowball fight because I would have no problems going to battle with anyone who tried to steal my snowballs.
- 1 cup Unsalted butter
- ½ cup Powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon Peppermint extract
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 2¼ cup All Purpose Flour
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ⅓ cup Chopped pecans
- 20 Peppermint candies or 3-4 Candy canes
- ¾ cup Powdered sugar
- Heat over to 350.
- In large mixing bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add ½ cup of powdered sugar & both extracts and combine well on low-medium.
- Add the flour, salt and pecans, mix well.
- Place the dough in the refrigerator and allow to chill for 20 minutes. Do not over chill or will become hard to work with.
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a buttered cookie sheet about an inch apart. They will not expand much at all.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- In the meantime add peppermint candies to a food processor and grind to fine sugar powder.
- Add peppermint powder and reamining powdered sugar into two separate bowls.
- Working quickly as the peppermint sugar will begin to stick when exposed to humidity, roll the cookies through the powdered sugar first and then into the peppermint sugar.
- Set aside or serve.
- If peppermint sugar begins to stick, keep a small whisk handy and simple keep it broken up. Do not grind it too soon before use.