Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gingerbread Snowball Cookies

There is one thing I love about the holiday season and it's helping people. I've always loved the angel trees, the fill a shoe box program, and adopting a family--and wait for those to pop up all over the city when Christmas time comes. In addition to this delicious recipe I'm sharing today, I'm also sharing a way you can help the California wildfires and hurricane victims in Texas and Florida.

Real California Milk has started a wonderful campaign called The Seals for Good. The Seals for Good is donating $5 to the Great American Milk Drive To find out more about The Seals for Good campaign click here. This wonderful program was started by Real California Milk, and will be donating $5 every time a photo is shared with the with the hashtag #SealsForGood. This is such an easy way to help others, and you can continue to do this through December 31st, 2017. So let's start baking and sharing our pictures to help those in need!

I don't remember the first time I had snowball cookies, but I instantly fell in love. They are a simple cookie that takes very little time to prepare, but the end results are just delicious. They aren't your typical cookie, these have no eggs, baking soda, or baking powder. You simple roll flour, powdered sugar, and butter into a ball and cook.

Every year I add something to mine that makes them a little different then the rest. Typically people add nuts, but since I am allergic I omit them and add other delicious items. I've made them with chocolate chips and craisins, craisins and orange zest, and pumpkin spice. I wanted something more "Christmasy" so gingerbread it was. These scream gingerbread to me without having to roll, cut, and decorate the gingerbread.

Gingerbread Snowball Cookies- Yields 2 Dozen

1 Cup of Butter-- Make it Real California Milk to help The Seals for Good Campaign
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla
2 1/4 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon of Ginger
2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon of Cloves

1. Preheat oven to 375F, prepare a sheet pan with wax paper.
2. Mix butter, powdered sugar (1/2 cup), and vanilla until there are no more lumps.
3. Mix flour into the wet ingredients until all combined.
4. Roll 1 inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Place in oven and baked for 8 minutes.
5. Let cool for 5 minutes (or until cool to touch) and roll in the leftover 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.

Remember when making them to snap a picture and share for The Seals for Good campaign!


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