It’s December 23rd and you know what that means… Christmas Eve is tomorrow! I know. How did the time fly by so fast? I have no idea, but what I do know is that the holiday season is my FAVORITE time of year… so I’m not complaining!! As I mentioned briefly in my Momentum Monday post, I’ve spent this past week having so much fun preparing for an exciting Christmas day with my family. Of course, because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some holiday cookies, we baked A LOT over the past week. Peanut Butter Blossoms. Gingerbread. Snickerdoodle. You name it. We probably made it!
One cookie we made this year that is so great is the snowball cookie. These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are so amazing – I swear the picture below doesn’t do them justice – and they are easy to make. So in case you can’t think of what to bring to your holiday party this year, I thought it would be fun to put the recipe I used below.
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 sticks of softened butter (1 cup)
- 5 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 2 cups of finely chopped walnuts
- Confectionary sugar (about 2 cups)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Mix together the softened butter and sugar.
- Add 2 tsp of vanilla and 5 tablespoons of sugar.
- Slowly add in flour and chopped walnut and mix until the dough is formed.
- Roll dough into 1-1.5 inch balls.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies golden brown.
- After the cookies are warm enough that they can be touched, roll them in confectionary sugar. A second rolling can be done for extra snowy cookies after cooling is complete!
Another fun thing I worked on this past week was a gingerbread house. Using some tricks I picked up from my roommates (M&Ms and Mike & Ikes as Christmas lights) and experimenting on my own, I upgraded a cheap grocery store gingerbread house kit to a really fun decoration for the holiday! I even learned how to make my own icing using egg whites and confectionary sugar that ended up working super well and holding up the heavy decorations perfectly!
Well, that’s all from me! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas filled with love and laughter! Keep an eye out for my holiday recap, wrapping up my weekend excitement…pun intended 🙂 !