When it's close to Christmas, I love to bake snowball cookies. They're so delicious with an almond aroma in your mouth They're very easy to make so it is a good idea to make in bulk and give to your friends.
(If you have cornstarch, you can use half cake flour and half cornstarch.)
Powdered sugar (for decoration)
In a bowl, whisk softened margarine until creamy. Then add powdered sugar and mix some more.
Add almond powder, mixing with rubber spatula.
Add cake flour and combine with a rubber spatula until the flour disappears.
Gather the dough like this.
Roll the dough into a long rope and wrap with plastic wrap. Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes ~ 1 hour.
Take out from the fridge and divide into 24 portions.
Preheat oven to 160℃.
Shape portions into round balls and place on the baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes.
Please check baking time, as it may vary by oven. It is better not to brown them too much.
Here are baked are snowball cookies very cute. They crumble easily when hot so be careful.
Once cooled, put in a plastic bag with powdered sugar. Shake gently to coat.
Place on a serving plate. Sprinkling more powdered sugar makes them wonderful You can use this for guests or as a gift.
Story Behind this Recipe
I make this not just for the Christmas season, but also at other times of the year. It is easy and cute, so my kids bring them as gifts when they visit their friends' houses. It is sweet and delicious.
I always use margarine for cake as it is soft to mix and reasonably priced, but of course you can use butter instead. If you have cornstarch, use half cornstarch and half cake flour. It makes for a lighter texture. After baking, it is very fragile. Please be gentle.