, easy to make almond cookies using 4 ingredients that will bring raves. Huge raves! You might also know them as butterballs. They never disappoint, keep well for a few weeks, and are perfect for gift giving.
*Estimated time doesn't include cooling time.
- 1 cup butter (225g), at room tº
- 4 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups (280g) all purpose flour
- ¾ cup ground almonds, toasted if you want
- Extra powdered sugar, for coating the cookies
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Add almond extract and beat well.
- Add flour, 1 cup at a time and then the almonds. Mix just until smooth.
- Gather into a ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Roll portions of cold dough between your palms to form balls. Place 1-inch apart on lined baking tray.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until they are a bit golden and cracked.
- Let cool on a wire rack. Roll in some extra confectioners' sugar to coat.
- These cookies freeze well unbaked. When you need them, just line them up on a parchment-lined or greased baking tray, thaw, and bake.
- I buy nonpareil because they are easily available and the best if you want to remove the skins. But you can use Marcona or any other you like.
- Powdered sugar: the amount is small but very necessary for the melt in your mouth quality of these cookies. Using granulated sugar will not give the same results.
- make sure it's at room temperature. You should be able to make this recipe by hand with a whisk.
- Toasting the nuts: as I explain before, lightly toasting the almonds add a lot to the flavor of the cookie.
- Storing: the baked cookies keep very well for a few weeks if stored in airtight tins or cookie jars.
- Make ahead: the dough is similar to shortbread, so you can freeze the unbaked cookie balls before baking, well wrapped, for a month. Bake directly from the freezer.
- Variations: use a different nut such as walnuts or pecans. Add citrus zest (lemon and orange work very well). Add mini chocolate chips. Add a spice, such as ground cinnamon or cardamom.
Keywords: snowballs, mexican cookies