December 12, 2013 by BettyCupcakes
If snow had a smell, I’m pretty sure it would smell just like these sugar cookies.
What a world that would be, right?!
This is my family’s absolute favorite Christmas cookie recipe, y’all. Truly, the holiday season doesn’t kick off for me until I bake my first batch of these Snowball Sugar Cookies. I can’t remember a Christmas when these weren’t perched on a red plate waiting for me to devour 2 (or 12).
And I can see from the internet that I’m not alone. In the last week alone, I’ve counted at least 5 other variations of these simple sweets.
Here are just a couple that caught my eye!
Clearly, when it comes to Christmas baked goods, sugar cookies reign supreme. That might explain why I’ve got 6 dozen unbaked snowball cookies in my freezer waiting for Christmas- after their debut at the Thanksgiving table, I received several requests.
Snowball Sugar Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Sift flour and salt. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the egg and vanilla. Beat until well-mixed about 3 minutes, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and then beat 1 minute more.
- While beating on low, gradually add the flour mixture to the mixer. Mix on low for 2-3 minutes until all flour is incorporated. Finish mixing by hand to make sure all the flour is incorporated into the butter and sugar.
- Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until just barely browned on the bottom.
- While cookies are baking, place the powdered sugar in a large bowl.
- Once the cookies have finished baking, roll the still hot cookies in the powdered sugar and then cool completely on a wire rack.
- Once the cookies have cooled, roll them again in the powdered sugar.
Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies
What is your favorite cookie to bake during the holiday season?