This is an easy snack to prepare for those Rice Krispie treats lovers, and I know a few. The hardest part was decorating. The color and flavoring come from Jell-O. The decorations can be about anything you have on hand. I had Jelly Belly's and chocolate chips to try out different button looks. I ran into a few problems with the decorating icing, which I'll explain in more detail later. Once you know the tricks, this would be a fun project to do with the kids.
Looks familiar, right? But this cookie is not anything like the Angel Pecan cookies I made last. Except for the shape and the powdered sugar, of course. This snowball has a very unexpected surprise inside. Ooey-gooey chocolate cookie surrounding a Hershey's chocolate kiss. You could also try a peppermint flavored kiss and I think it would be equally good. Rod loved these. Warning: they are so rich, a couple will do you.
I whipped up a batch of these to drop off with my sister-in-law after she rushed to complete a quilt I was giving as a Christmas present. They turned out to be so delicious that I know I will make another batch next week. They are light and would be great with hot chocolate on a cold winter's day. And I have a great occasion coming up next week to do just that.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening (I used Crisco)
3/4 confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
The perfect cookie all season long...they will take you through fall from Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond with the telltale cranberry bits of color.
I admit it. I love shortbread cookies, especially when they melt in your mouth. I also love to add cranberries to recipes, especially in the fall, although you can add them to my salad anytime of year and I'll be happy.
I was just visiting my sister prior to Thanksgiving and wanted to try a new recipe while she was at work. Luckily for me, I had saved this one for just such an occasion. Lucky for both of us, they are delicious. An added bonus is that they are made without flour, so those of you out there that are avoiding wheat, here's a cookie you will be able to enjoy.
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoon orange liqueur (I used Cointreau)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2/3 cup cup coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts
5 slices candied orange peel, cut into pieces (recipe to follow)
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a tiny brown tabby cat named Gypsy, who originally belonged to my brother and sister-in-law, a very large Russian Blue mix named Bosley from the shelter who has quickly made himself at home, and a new puppy named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
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