Lots of cookies will be made over the next month. We have so many favorites which we make year after year but this year we are making a few favorites slightly differently. We love Snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cakes, or Russian Tea Cake cookies which are all basically shortbread with nuts rolled in confectionery sugar. Some people don’t like nuts (my son) or have nut allergies so these are Snowballs with mini chocolate chips.
Verdict: I love the snowballs with nuts but these were really good! My kids loved them and I noticed the can of cookies going down over the last couple nights. Both kids have said they are taking one or two every time they walked by. Oh boy! Shortbread cookies are my favorite so I am partial to these little powdery balls.
These are great cookies to make with kids as they are simple to measure, stir, and roll. This is a good recipe to pull out for a kids first foray into cookie making.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt beating until the dough stiffens and is well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. If dough is too soft, chill it until you can easily scoop with a spoon and roll into balls with your hands.
Scoop 1 tablespoon balls of dough and Roll between your hands quickly to form a ball.
Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes until bottoms are just slightly brown – be careful not to over cook or cookies will be tough and crumbly. Remove from oven and cool for just a minute, until you can handle them.
Fill a small bowl with powdered sugar and roll each cookie in the sugar until coated. Place on a rack to cool. (Once cookies are cooled, you may want to re-roll them in more powdered sugar.)