Snowballs take flight

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via the U.S. Postal Service; set for an early arrival.     Birthday celebration begins one week from today, or perhaps earlier, if J. allows her to open this gift early.  lol.  :)

I couldn’t control myself.  When online tracking said, DELIVERED, I picked up the phone to confirm.  She was standing in the store setting up her wedding registry.

Where did the past 25 years go?

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Cream Cheese Cookies*  (Snowballs)

*adapted from McCall’s Cookbook, 1963, Random House Books

1 pkg. (3 oz.) soft cream cheese (room temp, soft…not the whipped kind!)

1 cup soft butter or margarine (I use unsalted butter)

1 cup sugar (granulated)

1 egg yolk (room temp)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

small pinch of salt (Kosher)

2 to 3 cups confectioners sugar for dusting and rolling

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In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese for two minutes.  Add sugar, egg yolk, vanilla and salt, and beat for an additional one to two minutes or until light and fluffy.  Stir in flour to make a soft dough.  Refrigerate for at least one hour, or preferably, overnight. 

Gather dough into small sized balls and place upon parchment lined cookie sheets.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and immediately begin rolling warm cookies in a bowl of confectioners sugar, placing them atop a cooling rack until all cookies have been dusted.  Allow these to cool for five minutes and then roll again in the confectioners sugar.  

After cookies have completely cooled, roll once again in confectioners sugar before storing.  Cookies ship, freeze and refrigerate well and during the winter months they can be kept at room temperature.

Bake at 350 degrees* AND always in a preheated oven.

*The original recipe requested a bake temp of 375 degrees.  I’ve found that the cookies tend to bake unevenly and become more browned on the bottoms than I prefer.  Do adjust the bake time according to your preference(s).

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~ by coffeegrounded on April 25, 2009.

5 Responses to “Snowballs take flight”

  1. they look so cute in the cupcake wrapper!! I’m so lucky to have a b-day in the middle of the year so I don’t have to wait until Christmas for my favorite treat! Thanks for sending. They are yummy to my tummy.

  2. I’m so glad they arrived fresh and tasty!

    Yes, those wrappers are turning out soooo cute; the only drawback is that I can’t glue or tape them off until we know the true size of the baked cupcake. Not to fear! I have double-sided tape and I’ve been playing with fashioning a slit/fold tab.

  3. Wow, those snowballs just look so crumptious….. love the angle you shot them too, and of course the green (paper?) bowl….

    Regards

    Kris

  4. Thanks, Kris! I’m crafting wrappers for my daughters upcoming wedding; this particular wrapper was used to showcase her birthday cookie(s).

  5. Margie, love the way you did the irregular jagged edge of the green container. Great touch! And wish all the best to your daughter and hope she has a fabulous and happy wedding. I know you are going to bake something special for that important occasion, aren’t you? :-)

    Regards
    Kris

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