Friday, December 17, 2010
This is from the Culinary Arts 1983 Christmas Favorites. I have seen lots of versions of snowballs, but this one looks pretty fast and easy.
1 cup butter
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt and heat butter until light brown in color. Pour into a small mixing bowl; chill until firm.
Cream browned butter with confectioners' sugar and extract until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour, mixing until blended. Stir in the pecans. Chill several hours for ease in handling.
Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350F about 20 minutes.
Remove to wire racks. While still hot, dust with confectioners sugar.
The teen party was great fun Tuesday night. I did find it funny that after I made chocolate fondue and a special red dyed mint fondue several teens and some of the adult guests quietly asked me if that mint one was a vintage recipe. It is true that I put a couple drops too many of peppermint extract in there, but it was still good. I don't know why they were afraid...