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            n Christmas day grandma was making snowball cookies. The kids wanted to go play on the big snow mountain and throw snowballs at each other. But someone had to help grandma make the cookies. As soon as grandma took out the big bag of flour, the kids started making a big  mountain of flour on the table and calling it "snow mountain."

"Way to go," said grandma. "But we need to add a few more ingredients and then mix them together to create the snowstorm. Who wants to help?" All the kids raised their hands. Then out came the big mixer.

"It’s a snow bulldozer!" yelled out one of the kids. "It’s going to help us get the snow off the roads!

Let's go sledding on the snow mountain."

“Good idea, use these vanilla pods as sled runners for your sleds,” said grandma. "You'll go really fast down the snow mountain that way." So, the kids pretended that the vanilla pods were their sleds. As they scraped the vanilla pods, they saw the tiny vanilla seeds, and a sweet aroma filled the room. The kids were getting hungry for cookies.
“Who’s ready for a snowball fight?” asked grandma. Everybody raised their hands. It was time to roll the dough into little balls. There was a big snowstorm outside and the kids could not wait to play in the snow. Once they rolled the dough into little balls, grandma put the cookies in the oven.
The kids were ready to roll down snow mountain. Grandma brought out a big container with little mounds of powdered sugar. The kids rolled the baked cookie balls in the sugar mountain, pretending that they are sledding down snow mountain. There was powdered sugar (err...  snow) in the air, on the table, on the floor, on the kids' noses, everywhere!

At last, the cookies were ready to be eaten! "Who wants to help clean up?" asked grandma. Nobody raised their hands. The kids were too busy eating the cookies.

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Prep Time : 20 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Quantity: about 120 cookies

To make the snowball cookies Grandma used these ingredients:

  • 2 lbs unsalted butter (room temperature)

  • 1 lb slivered almonds

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 2 vanilla bean seeds (or 2 tbsp vanilla extract)

  • 1 cup of confectioner's sugar for the mix

  • 2 tsps baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 4 lbs flour

  • 2 lb confectioner's sugar to top the cookies after baked

  • Joseph first laid the almonds on a baking sheet and roasted them in the oven before chopping them up finely.

  • Then he creamed the butter in a bowl using a big mixer until white and fluffy.

  • Then he added confectioner's sugar and continued to mix together with butter.

  • Then he added the egg yolks.

  • Next, he scraped vanilla pods and added the vanilla seeds to the mix.

  • Next, Joseph and Alex took turns grinding the almonds.

  • Joseph and Alex took turns sifting the flour, baking powder, and baking soda into a big bowl.

  • Next, they added the flower, baking powder, and baking sugar into the ingredients they mixed in the big mixer.

  • Then, they started kneading the ingredients until the dough became smooth.

  • They sprinkled the table surface with flour and tipped the mixture out onto the surface, continuing to knead it.

  • Then they added and mixed the almonds into the dough mix.

  • They rolled the dough to create little balls just under 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

  • Finally, they arranged the snowballs on greased baking sheets and mom put them in the oven to bake for about 20 minutes.

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  • Once baked, they left the cookies to cool for a little bit.

  • They rolled them in and sprinkled them with confectioner's sugar, and ate them right away!


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