Saturday, December 11, 2010

Retro cookie recipe

Hello everyone!  Here's a blast from the past, a genuine circa 1950's (or maybe it's from the 1960's) cookie recipe that my mother used to make for us every Christmas.  They're called Cherry Snowballs and are one of my favourites...


Cherry Snowballs

1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sifted icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans (we never added this)
Maraschino cherries, drained
Icing sugar

Blend butter, 1/2 cup icing sugar and vanilla thouroughly.  Sift flour and salt together and stir in with butter mixture.  If using, add nuts.  Chill dough approximately 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 400 F.

Wrap a heaping teaspoonful of dough completely around a cherry for each cookie.  Be sure cherries are dry.

Set cookies on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 10 minutes.  Cookies will be set but not brown.  While warm, roll cookies in icing sugar.  Let cool.  Makes about 36 cookies.

I set the cherries out the night before, so they are good and dry for baking.

One lone snowball....

...becomes 36 snowballs.  They don't look cooked but the bottoms are quite brown. 

Rolled in icing sugar and ready to eat!


  1. My grandma used to make these! Yum!

  2. Those sound good! My husband likes cookies with marschino cherries in them. I may try this one if I have time before Christmas.

  3. These look so good I have to try them.

  4. My auntie love cookies so she baked cookies last Christmas eve and it taste good. The main ingredient of her cookies was Maraschino cherries too.


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