I realized something today . . . something important. I don’t bake cookies very often anymore.
It seems, I’m always on the hunt for something new for this blog, and the old just gets forgotten.
Cookies make me happy. A favorite Cookie recipe, is like a good friend. It’s warm, it makes you feel good and never lets you down. I’m thankful for good friends and good cookies!
When I sat down, and let my mind wander down Christmas Cookie Corner, this particular gem came to mind first. Snowball Cookies . . . they literally melt in your mouth!
You simply must double the recipe below, because one batch will be gone in a flash. Don’t turn your back for even a minute. They’ll be gone before they have cooled.
Snowball Kiss Cookies make the perfect Neighbor gift. If possible, try to deliver them while still slightly warm. Why?
See that Hershey kiss sitting pretty in the middle? Well . . . when it’s still warm from the oven, and that shortbread cookie has been rolled twice in powdered sugar . . . it’s to die for!!! Seriously, I betcha can’t eat just one.
Variations on a good theme:
Add mini chocolate chips to the dough
Roll the dough around a pecan, Black Walnut, Almond or Hazelnut
Add crushed peppermint sticks to the dough
Instead of rolling the baked cookies in powdered sugar, dip in melted chocolate & roll in crushed nuts.
Ohhhh the possibilities!
. . . also
Thought I’d also share some more random Germany pic’s with you.
loveliness . . .
Remember this place? Can you imagine living in a moted castle?
We met the owner . . . very genuine, kind and welcoming!
We saw many farms! Somehow, their farms seem Much cleaner than our farms! Just saying. Let’s just say, we were all very impressed.
I just couldn’t resist taking a picture of this. We think this must be the equivalent, of being toilet papered in the United States!
You just think the one in the middle is the real head? Don’t be fooled!
One day, we got to walk around the shops of Dusseldorf. They had amazing little eateries with signs like this. Not one of us could read German. We would laugh and just keep walking! Eventually we would stumble across something like this . . .
We didn’t care if we could read the signs or not . . . we went inside!!!!!!
These next few shots were through the glass of Rhine Tower in Dusseldorf. It’s quite incredible. It gently rotates gently around its own axis, and gives you a breathtaking view of the sights of the city and the Rhine. It was gloomy and raining that day, and the only lens I carried with me was my 24-105mm.
You could just lean out your window, and pass a plate of Snowball cookies to your neighbor!
Wow . . . that’s what I was thinking as I took this shot! When I pulled myself away from the window . . . everyone was gone. Scared. Big city. Yikes!
Germany . . . breathtaking!
We even got to go to the Black Sea . . . keep in mind though . . . it was all from the window of a tour bus. Come on, I’ll take you there right now. It’s raining today again.
He said . . . “We really are not supposed to be here!” He will un-lock the gate anyway . . . just for us!
. . . just a little bit further now
and there you have it!
Look carefully. It’s there. It’s in the far distance . . . The Black Sea! Wish my lens could have seen it as well!
Ohhhh I’ll be back with more. In the meantime, make cookies.
- 1 C. butter, room temp (not melted)
- ½ C. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. almond extract
- 1 C. walnuts, finely shopped (use a food processor or blender)
- 2 C. flour
- 40-50 chocolate kisses
- Combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, almond extract until well blended.
- Add finely chopped walnuts and flour. Mix well.
- Chill dough over-night or for at least 3 to 4 hours.
- Roll a walnut-sized ball of dough in your hands, flatten it, and place the kiss in the center. Roll the dough around the kiss, completely covering it.
- Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly brown on the bottom and just set.
- Don’t over bake!
- While warm, roll in powdered sugar. Let cool then roll again in sugar.
- Makes 40 to 50 cookies.