Happy holidays from Naturepedic!
We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than by getting the kids into the kitchen to make some fun cookies! Grab some cute aprons and get the kids pulled up to the counter to help make some fun snowball cookies for your next holiday gathering, cookie exchange…and I just happen to know Santa just loves having these cookies left out to munch on!
The perfect cookie for little hands!
Listen, I’ll be the first one to admit, I’m the mom that will break those massive sugar cookies in half when we are at a party! I figured out early on in my momma career that it definitely pays to get smaller cookie cutters and to make smaller, kid sized cookies…because kids are so smart. They know when they are getting half a cookie!
These snowball cookies are the perfect little bite for little kids with just the right amount of sweetness to make them smile.
A classic Christmas cookie with real food ingredients!
Snowball cookies are classic cookie exchange treats, and they are super easy to make. Which makes these cookies at the top of my list for last minute parties. There is a great balance between healthy, satiating fats and protein from the walnuts to balance out blood sugars from the sweet too.
Tips & Tricks
-I’m quite sure these snowball cookies will become a staple in your house like they have ours. Here are some tips to make them even easier!
-The snowball cookies freeze up great! Make a double or triple batch for the freezer, and you can pull them out easy for last minute gatherings.
-You can make the dough up days ahead of time. Just be sure to let it sit on the counter for a bit to soften the dough before rolling them up.
-Don’t skip the second powdered sugar layer! The first layer sort of sets it in, but it gets a better, more even look with the second layer, and it sticks better.
-I think you could change up the nuts – pecans would be a delicious sub.
Enjoy your kitchen time with the kids!
Christmas cookie making is one of those memories the kids will remember into adulthood! It is so worth making time for. Here are more holiday kitchen projects the kids will love!
–GF Gingerbread Cookies
-GF Sugar Cookie Cut-Out & Natural Decorating Ideas Paleo Snowflake Cookies with Coconut Sugar
–Cranberry Baked Pears
–Fermented Cranberry Soda
-½ cup softened butter or palm shortening
-3 tbsp organic cane sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/8 tsp sea salt
-1 cup Namaste Gluten Free Flour Blend
-1 heaping cup walnuts, blended fine (I use my food processor to buzz them up)
-½ cup or so organic powdered cane sugar for the outside of the cookies
1.Cream the butter and sugar with the vanilla and sea salt in a medium mixing bowl.
2.Add the flour and blend to combine. Mix the walnuts into the dough using a spatula.
3.Press the dough into a ball, wrap it up, and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes.
4.Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees while you roll up the dough into little balls. Set the balls of dough onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. I make about 20.
5.Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
6.After the cookies are cool enough to touch, about 2-3 minutes later, roll them in a bowl of powdered sugar while they are still warm. Place the powder sugar covered snowball cookies on a cooling rack to cool the rest of the way. Once the snowball cookies are completely cooled, roll them a second time in the powdered sugar.
Renee is a wife and momma of 3, the vision behind Raising Generation Nourished, and the author of Nourished Beginnings, a cookbook focused on nutrient-dense recipes for infants, toddlers and beyond inspired by traditional foods. She is passionate about raising the next generation of kids with a better understanding where their food comes from, and how food affects their bodies. She is committed to teaching others that simple, real food can make positive changes in health and can be done on a tight budget, all while making the kids smile.