Brown Butter Snowball Cookies

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    Brown Butter Snowball Cookies

    Just 2 more days for Christmas! Can you believe that? I am sure everyone has done all the shopping and is all excited to celebrate it with friends and family. Isn’t that the best part about Holidays, that you get to spend such quality time with your family. It is indeed priceless. I am in Las Vegas right now, as usual the city is buzzing with people. It’s also so beautifully decorated for Christmas!

    When we talk of Christmas, we always talk about cookies and some more cookies. I know there are like tons of recipes to choose from trust me, make these brown Christmas Snowball Cookies. They are so delicious and so easy to make! All you need is flour, sugar and butter to make these super soft and buttery cookies. Snowball Cookies are wonderful and what makes them even more wonderful? Brown butter! Yes if you haven’t baked with brown butter before, you don’t know what you have been missing out in life. It’s so so wonderful and I think I’m addicted to it. The brown butter twist and toasted pecans make these cookies extra delicious with all that nutty flavor and aroma.

    Christmas Snowball Cookies

    To make brown butter, you just need to melt the butter and keep stirring it till it changes its color to brown. You have to keep stirring the butter and keep an eye on the color. Be careful not to burn it. These butter cookies are rolled in powdered sugar twice. Once you roll them when they are out of the oven but if you roll them just once they don’t look all that white [the sugar melts] and don’t give that appearance of a snowball. So you roll them again when they cool down completely. You can even roll them in coconut.

    These cookies are known by so many names – Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Snowball Cookies. Whatever you call them, you need to make them and that too with brown butter and toasted pecans. They are hard to resist, I lost count of how many I ate!

     

    Method

    Start by making the brown butter. In a pan melt 2 sticks on unsalted butter on medium heat. It is a good idea to use a light colored pan here because we are primarily looking for that brown color and it’s easier to see the color changes in such a pan.

    The butter will melt and start to foam. Keep stirring.

    After stirring for 6-7 minutes you will see the butter will change its color and become brown. You can also smell the nutty aroma. Pour the brown butter in a glass bowl and place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes so that it cools down.

    Brown Butter Snowball Cookies-Recipe-Step-1Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange pecans on it. Toast at 350 F degrees for 6-8 minutes till nicely fragrant. Remove from oven and chop the toasted pecans finely. Set aside.

    In a bowl whisk together all purpose flour, salt and cinnamon powder. Set aside.

    In the steel bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or using a hand mixer, whisk together melted brown butter (cooled) and powdered sugar.

    Brown Butter Snowball Cookies-Recipe-Step-2Add vanilla and mix till well combined.

    Start adding the flour mix in parts.

    Also add in the chopped pecans and mix.

    Brown Butter Snowball Cookies-Recipe-Step-3The mixture will come together as a dough and stick to the paddle attachment.

    Make small round balls from the dough. I used a cookie scoop to get same size balls.

    Place them an inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 F degrees for 15-17 minutes. I baked mine for 15 minutes.

    Brown Butter Snowball Cookies-Recipe-Step-4Remove from oven and let them cool down for 1 minute. Roll the baked cookies in powdered sugar.

    Place them on baking sheet and let them cool down completely.

    Once they have cooled down, roll the cookies in powdered sugar for the 2nd time.

    Brown Butter Snowball Cookies-Recipe-Step-5

    Enjoy the cookies with a cup of coffee!

    Brown Butter Christmas Snowball Cookies

    * I was able to make 25 cookies with this dough. You can make more or less depending how big or small you make them.

    Brown Butter Snowball Cookies

    Serves: 25 cookies

    Classic Christmas Snowball Cookies with a twist of Brown Butter!
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup unsalted butter [2 sticks]
    • 1¾ cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
    • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon powder
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon powdered sugar [also known as confectioners or icing sugar]
    • more powdered sugar, for rolling
    Instructions
    1. Start by making the brown butter.
    2. In a pan melt 2 sticks on unsalted butter on medium heat.
    3. The butter will melt and start to foam. Keep stirring.
    4. After stirring for 6-7 minutes you will see the butter will change its color and become brown. You can also smell the nutty aroma.
    5. Pour the brown butter in a glass bowl and place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes so that it cools down.
    6. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
    7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange pecans on it. Toast at 350 F degrees for 6-8 minutes till nicely fragrant.
    8. Remove from oven and chop the toasted pecans finely. Set aside.
    9. In a bowl whisk together all purpose flour, salt and cinnamon powder. Set aside.
    10. In the steel bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or using a hand mixer, whisk together melted brown butter (cooled) and powdered sugar.
    11. Add vanilla and mix till well combined.
    12. Start adding the flour mix in parts. Also add in the chopped pecans and mix.
    13. The mixture will come together as a dough and stick to the paddle attachment.
    14. Make small round balls from the dough. I used a cookie scoop to get same size balls.
    15. Place them an inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    16. Bake at 350 F degrees for 15-17 minutes. I baked mine for 15 minutes.
    17. Remove from oven and let them cool down for 1 minute. Roll the baked cookies in powdered sugar.
    18. Place them on baking sheet and let them cool down completely.
    19. Once they have cooled down, roll the cookies in powdered sugar for the 2nd time.

     

    12 thoughts on “Brown Butter Snowball Cookies

    1. I like snowball cookies, but never made any. These are just perfect, love the flavor of brown butter! Pinned!
      I’m glad you are having fun in Vegas! It is one of my favorite places in the US and I love going there 🙂
      Happy holidays!

    2. Are you sure that this does not contain one and a half cups of flour instead of the one and a half tablespoons of flour that you have listed?

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