Almond Snowball Cookies
Category: Desserts & Sweets | Blog URL: http://ameliefille.blogspot.com/2009/12/almond-snowball-cookies.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Noelle Ferrada Kelly
Before I got married, my mom, sister and I had a great tradition. We would set alot of time in December and compile different cookie recipes and split the cookie baking amongst ourselves. Along with some cookie recipes, my mom would make some fabulous cheese balls. Some of the cookies we would make would be Snickerdoodles, Pecan Sandies, Brandy balls, Double-chocolate chip cookies, and of course a variety of Biscotti. Then we would pack these up and give them to our pastor, friends and of course keep some for ourselves.
Well, of course now that I am married I wondered what traditions I would start. Even though I do not have kids yet, I figure it would be great starting a tradition before hand so that it could be instilled in my life before the kids start coming. Last year was our first Christmas as a married couple and I decided to try new recipes. Last year I made 3 kinds of peanut brittle: Chipotle brittle, Peanut butter brittle, and Chocolate brittle. I sent those to family and thought that was a great new change. This year is definitely quite different. Being married to a conductor promises to be a very busy season for a musician. Our schedules have been packed with concerts and rehearsals and road trips that prevent from baking as I had planned. Despite the fact, I knew we would be staying with friends this weekend and I knew I had my chance to make my first set of cookies for the Christmas season.
Inspired by another fellow blogger friend from Iowa, I decided to try my hand at veganizing (changing a recipe edible for a vegan) her recipe for "Polvorones." I think many people know these cookies as Mexican Wedding cookies or Pecan sandies, etc. Like you read earlier, we used to make them with ground pecans and it gave the cookies a nutty taste. This particular recipe uses almonds, a nut I really enjoy baking with. I think it makes a recipe come out very elegant and light. The results were fantastic!
The original recipe called for pork lard but I decided to use Spectrum's all-vegetable shortening instead. Changing a recipe is truly challenging. Your gut instincts tell you what you should use and in this case my gut instincts worked. The dough was not coming along and sticking, so I decided to add almond milk. It worked! The dough came together and made for a wonderful result. The cookies were baked, sprinkled with powdered sugar and placed in a fun holiday gift bag ready to be delivered to our hosts. Who said vegans can't eat cookies? For that matter, who said non-vegans can't enjoy cookies free of animal products? They melt in your mouth like yummy goodness.