I love making Christmas cookies. I usually don't make snowball cookies to give away at Christmas, but I decided to adapt a recipe from one of my daughters cookbooks after trying them and loving them.
Since we live in Hawaii, I thought I'd throw some dried pineapple and macadamia nuts in the dough.
I am so happy I did!
I mean... anything with powdered sugar, pineapple, and macadamia nuts is phenomenal...
I added a little coconut extract, but I'm sure pineapple extract would work beautifully, should you choose to do so. Or... don't add any. Totally up to you.
These are definitely a keeper on my Christmas cookie list from now on!
Adapted from The Sweetest Snowballs in Sweet Eats by Rose Dunnington
- 1 Cup Butter, Softened
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar, Divided And Sifted
- 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Teaspoon Coconut Extract (Optional)
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Salted Macadamia Nuts
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Dried Pineapple
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
In a large bowl, cream the butter and half of the sifted powdered sugar. Mix in the vanilla and coconut extract, if using. Add the flour a cup at a time and mix until a ball of dough begins to form. With clean hands, mix in the chopped macadamia nuts and pineapple. Form dough into 1 inch balls and bake on cookie sheets for 12-15 minutes or until done. Cool almost completely and dredge with the remaining powdered sugar. Once completely cooled, store covered. Makes 35-40 cookies.