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Snowball Cookies Recipe

Snowball Cookies Recipe
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1 cup slivered almonds

1 scant cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 ounces unsalted butter, softened

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups confectioner\'s sugar


Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spread the almonds out on a pie plate and toast until golden, about 8 minutes. Let cool, then transfer the nuts to a mini food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a small bowl and whisk in the flour, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter with the granulated sugar and vanilla until creamy, about 4 minutes. On low speed, add the nut mixture and beat until evenly combined, scraping up the bottom and sides of the bowl once or twice, about 1 minute. Line a large sturdy baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop level tablespoons of the dough into balls and gently roll. Arrange the balls 1 inch apart and freeze until just firm, about 10 minutes. Bake until lightly golden on top and deep golden on the bottom, about 22 minutes. Place the cookie sheet on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Put the confectioner's sugar into a shallow bowl. Working with no more than 2 cookies at a time, roll them in the confectioner's sugar. Return them to the baking sheet and let them cool completely, undisturbed, until the glaze is set, about 1 hour. Sift the confectioner's sugar to remove any crumbs and re-roll the cooled cookies. Store cookies in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper for up to 2 weeks.