You will enjoy these Christmas Kiss surprise snowball cookies. One of my favorite cookies during the holidays was my Grandma’s snowball cookies. Sometimes she would put a cherry inside or chocolate chips. You are sure to enjoy these ‘kiss’ surprise cookies, just as we did.
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What are “Snow Ball” Cookies?
The Russian tea cake is a type of cookie, often eaten around Christmas in the United States. A pastry typical in England during the Middle Ages. Some varieties are known as Mexican wedding cakes, Italian wedding cookies, Kourabiedes, Greek wedding cookies, or butterballs. Occasionally snowball cookies or “pecan Susans” for their powdery white spherical appearance around the winter holidays.
Russian tea cakes have a pretty simple recipe, usually consisting entirely of flour, water, butter, and groundnuts. The nut variety depending upon the type of cookie. After baking, they are rolled in powdered sugar while still hot, then coated again once the cookie has cooled.
European-based recipes rely upon coarsely chopped hazelnuts, almonds, or walnuts. Mexican wedding cakes traditionally use coarsely chopped pecans.
Christmas Kiss Surprise Snowball Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a stand mixer add the butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla.
- Mix on medium speed, until fluffy.
- Carefully add flour mixture 1 cup at a time, until all flour is in the mixture.
- Mix until the dough comes together.
- Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop balls of dough, set to the side.
- Take 1 dough ball at a time flatten it out with your hands and place a Hershey kiss inside.
- Roll the dough back into a ball.
- Place on the baking sheet.
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes.
- The bottoms should be slightly brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool for just 5-10 minutes.
- In a small bowl add your powdered sugar, then roll each cookie in the sugar until coated.
- Set to the side. Then continue to finish rolling your snowballs until your dough is gone.