I normally sit down on Sunday mornings and clip my coupons before I even start thinking about what I am going to cook for breakfast that day. Now that Christmas is coming up, I am seeing a ton of coupons for baking supplies! Because I love to bake all year long, I totally hoard baking supplies when I see that I can get a good deal on them using coupons and matching them up with weekly sales at the grocery stores or at Target and Walmart. While clipping a coupon for Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chips, I saw a Christmas Snowball Cookies recipe and it was literally so easy that I didn’t even clip it – I memorized it in a minute!
I’ve never made a cookie that didn’t have eggs in it, so I was a little nervous about trying this Christmas Snowball Cookies recipe. No granulated sugar, no brown sugar, no baking soda or baking powder?! I thought they must be insane and that these would be the most disgusting cookies I’d ever eaten…but it was a recipe by Nestle, so I figured I had to at least try it once.
I brought out all of my baking supplies and decided to halve the recipe, which normally makes four dozen cookies. If the Christmas Snowball cookies came out gross or hard as rocks, I could just scrap them and I wouldn’t have wasted too many ingredients.
As it turns out, I had absolutely nothing to worry about! While these Christmas Snowball Cookies aren’t as rich and decadent as I normally prefer in a cookie, they were pretty tasty and I have to admit, I liked how light and fluffy they were!
They remind me of the little cookies you expect to be served as a tea party, if that makes any sense. They are just little one bite cookies, and they have such a mild taste (you can’t even really consider them sweet like normal chocolate chip cookies) and the taste of the chocolate chips really shines through!
Christmas Snowball Cookies Recipe
- 3 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups of flour
- 2 cups Nestle Tollhouse Holiday chocolate chips
- ½ cup pecans, finely chopped
- additional powdered sugar for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 374 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt in a large bowl until creamy and smooth. Gradually add in the flour until thoroughly combined. Stir in the pecans and chocolate chips - do not beat!
- Scoop dough by heaping tablespoon and roll into balls, placing about one inch apart on you cookie sheet. Bake for about 11 minutes, or until the bottom edges just begin to turn golden brown.
- When you take them out of the oven, they will NOT look done - remember, there are no eggs in these cookies, so they aren't going to turn color like many chocolate chip cookies.
- As soon as you set your cookie sheet down, begin sifting powdered sugar over the tops of the cookies.
Remove to cooling racks and allow to cool for about ten minutes. Because these Christmas Snowball Cookies are so tiny and compact, they take a little while to cool down.
Don’t bite into one while it’s fresh out of the oven, or you’ll get a mouthful of scalding chocolate!