Easy Recipe for Willow’s Snowball Cookies
Winter is drawing closer (and has already appeared for some), and if you are looking for the perfect indoor activity to do with the kids, then look no further. Get the kids into the kitchen to help make Willow’s Snowball Cookies, which are inspired by Nancy Siscoe’s beautiful children’s book Snow Much Fun!
There’s nothing I love more than getting my kids into the kitchen, I find they’re not only more willing to try foods they have made themselves but they also get a lot of enjoyment out of learning a new skill and making something that they can share.
The best part is you can all enjoy eating Willow’s Snowball Cookies while having story time under blankets by the fire. It’s the perfect cold weather activity for the whole family to do together after a day filled with snowball fights and sled rides.
Willow’s Lemon Snowball Cookies
Makes 40 to 50 small cookies.
Storage: They’ll keep for about a week when stored in a tin or airtight container.
- 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter (softened)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon oil
- optional: zest of one lemon for more lemon flavor
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 to 2 cups confectioner’s sugar for coating
1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and salt together until soft and fluffy, two to three minutes.
2. Mix in confectioner’s sugar, lemon oil, and optional lemon zest if using.
3. Add the flour and cornstarch and stir until just combined. You should have a soft dough that’s not too sticky.
4. Using a small cookie scoop or a teaspoon, form the dough into 1-inch balls.
5. Refrigerate the balls for 2 to 3 hours, or even overnight. This helps them keep their round shape when baked.
6. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350° F.
7. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. They should be very light brown on the bottom.
8. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet.
9. Put 1 to 2 cups confectioner’s sugar in a shallow bowl. After 3 to 4 minutes, when the cookies are cool enough to handle but still warm, roll them in the sugar and then let them cool completely on a rack.
10. When the cookies are completely cool, or just before serving, roll them in sugar again for a super-snowy look.
Want to find out more about SNOW MUCH FUN!?
A charming picture book about the joys of a snowy day, featuring handmade felt characters — just perfect for reading by the fire.
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A celebration of friendship and winter wonder, this is a cozy treat for young readers.