Winter snowball cookies

Winter snowball cookies

Palle d'inverno

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From
The Italian Baker
Makes
24

I have already mentioned how much I am into the whole Christmas preparation. Actually, I love the days preceding Christmas more than Christmas Day itself, and in fact on the day, I get a little blue. Probably because of all the anticipation and work we are all engaged in, and once the day comes, Christmas feels over. Oh well, let’s focus on the nice part then: baking! The tea room at Christmas explodes with decorations, and the sound of Christmas carols is always present!

These make a perfect gift for friends or colleagues, packaged in a nice bag or box tied with beautiful ribbons.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
230g butter, at room temperature
110g icing sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 salt vanilla paste or extract
3 tablespoons cornflour
280g plain flour
1 tablespoon good-quality cocoa powder
75g ground almonds

To decorate

Quantity Ingredient
320g icing

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter on a medium speed until creamy. (Alternatively, use a mixing bowl and a wooden spoon.) Add the icing sugar and salt, mix in the vanilla, sprinkle in the cornflour and, with the mixer on a low speed, slowly add in the flour and cocoa powder and mix just until combined. Finally, stir in ground almonds.
  3. Scoop the dough out, 1 tablespoon at a time, and roll into a ball, placing the balls on the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 16–18 minutes, until the bottom edges are lightly golden.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for several minutes then, while they are still warm, tip the icing sugar into a bowl and roll the cookies in it to coat. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, then, once completely cool, roll them in the icing sugar once more, this time to generously coat, pressing the icing sugar on a little.
Tags:
baking
cakes
biscuits
Italian
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