Today I want to share a little about holiday baking and easy ways of giving to others.
The beauty of the holidays is that you can embrace nostalgia on your own terms. I try to encourage my readers to put their hesitation aside and reach out to others, by either inviting people into their homes, hosting a small dinner party or a casual get-together, or even what I call, “taking your hospitality with you,” … reaching out to others by giving small gifts of love.
The holidays can be a very emotional time for many, because our pasts creep in, creating feelings both bittersweet and beautiful.
But today I’d love to encourage you to reach deep, and to think of a fun holiday cookie that you enjoyed as a kid.
Embrace those happy memories (or create some new ones if you can’t find “happy”), and think of ways to give out this year.
I’m happy to share with you a childhood recipe that my mom made every year, as far back as I remember as a little girl, up until the year she passed away. Snowball cookies were a part of our Christmas diet. They melt in your mouth and they provide comfort.
My favorite version has a little secret inside … Dove Chocolate-Covered Almonds. Oh, boy!
A little treat inside a big treat.
Christmas doesn’t get any better than packaging up a few classy treats, and then giving them away.
It’s the thought that counts. Small, simple, inexpensive, yet festive, wintery and tasty – is what I love to give.
Ideas on how to package Christmas cookies:
Dollar Store plates
Dollar Store or Clearance baskets
Canning quart-sized jars with a cute, cut-out Christmas top (over the lid)
Decorated brown lunch bags
What was your favorite holiday cookie as a kid?
Recipe: Chocolate Almond Snowball Cookies
Summary: A ball of sweet buttery goodness with a surprise chocolaty almond in the center.
- 1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks)
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tbsp. ice water
- 1 1/2 cup Chocolate Covered Almonds (I use Milk and Dark Dove Chocolate Covered Almonds)
- Turn oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter.
- Beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond extract.
- Work in the flour and ice water.
- Shape and roll into balls.
- Push 1-2 almonds into each ball, making sure the chocolate is completely covered.
- After baking, roll in sifted powered sugar while hot.
- Cool and roll again in the powdered sugar.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 24