Winter Picnic with Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Winter Picnic with Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Photo by Isabella D.

Photo by Isabella D.

Last year, my friend and fellow Girl Folk contributor, Isabella D, and I made double chocolate snowball cookies, which are inspired by Mexican Wedding Cookies and Russian Tea Cakes. We liked these easy-to-make cookies so much that we made them twice! Once for a holiday party and once for the picnic you see in this post. These yummy cookies are filled with chocolate chips and cocoa powder, and dusted with powdered sugar on top, giving them a “snowball” effect. Keep reading to find the recipe, created by the blogger of Crazy For Crust, and you’ll find the how-to video as well…from my old blog Wondermint Kids!

Isabella enjoying a warm cup of tea at our winter picnic. Photo by Gray G.

Isabella enjoying a warm cup of tea at our winter picnic. Photo by Gray G.

We decided to enjoy our cookies at this beautiful beach in Eastsound, Washington, and we helped Isabella explore her interest in photography by letting her take most of the pictures for our post. All the creative ceramics are by our friend, Sharon Ho of Optimism and Co. and Felt + Ceramics, and the tea towel with the buck graphic is one of our favorites by Andrew Youngren of The Print Shop.

Tea towel by Andrew Youngren at the Print Shop. Photo by Isabella D.

Tea towel by Andrew Youngren at the Print Shop. Photo by Isabella D.

Photo by Isabella D.

Photo by Isabella D.

Photo by Gray G.

Photo by Gray G.

A view through the driftwood. Photo by Gray G.

A view through the driftwood. Photo by Gray G.

Here’s the written recipe too!

Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Rating: 5

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 to 3 dozen

Serving Size: 2-bite size

Ingredients/Materials

  • 3/4 cup Mini Chocolate chips (chop up regular ones if you don't have mini)

  • 1 cup Butter, unsalted

  • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened

  • 2 1/4 cups Flour

  • 1/2 cup Powdered sugar

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • 1 tsp Vanilla

  • Additional powdered sugar, for rolling (about 1 - 1 1/2 cups)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, cocoa, and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy.

  3. Add flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together.

  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.

  5. If dough is too soft, chill it until you can work it easily with your hands.

  6. Scoop 1 tablespoon balls of dough and place on prepared cookie sheet.

  7. Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes until bottoms are just slightly brown and the tops are no longer glossy.

  8. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes, until you can handle them.

  9. Fill a small bowl with 1 cup powdered sugar and roll each cookie in the sugar until coated.

  10. Place on a rack to cool. (Once cookies are cooled, you may want to re-roll them in more powdered sugar.)

Notes

You can use either regular unsweetened cocoa powder (any brand—we used Trader Joe's) or CrazyForCrust blogger suggests Hershey's Special Dark Unsweetened Cocoa.

Don't over soften the butter or it's difficult to shape into balls.

Special thanks to Crazy For Crust for this recipe

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