Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I've been baking cookies here and there and waiting until Larry finishes up one batch before I make the next. As I was blog-hopping the other day I discovered Emily of http://backtothecuttingboard.com/ and her chocolate-filled Mexican wedding cakes. Although I make Mexican wedding cakes and their close cousin Russian teacakes, I decided I'd try out Emily's idea with my butterballs. The essential difference among these 3 cookies is that the wedding cakes and tea cakes are made with nuts and lard and the butterballs are made with butter, coconut, and no nuts.

The butter produces a somewhat different texture than the lard and they're less dry. I use a small amount of coconut, actually about half what the recipe calls for. The addition of the chocolate in the middle was pronounced a "good thing."

Ingredients - Yield 2 1/2 - 3 dozen
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate bits
more confectioners' sugar for rolling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Cream the butter and confectioners' sugar
Blend in the flour
Fold in the coconut
Break off walnut-sized pieces
Stuff 4-6 chocolate bits into middle
Roll dough around chocolate, covering completely
Roll balls in confectioners' sugar
Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets
Bake 18-20 minutes
Roll in sugar again and place on racks to cool

I had to show off the Christmas table runner I made this year and the new candy-cane candles I found.


  1. What a beautiful holiday table, Arlene. Your cookies look mighty tasty. Merry Christmas!

  2. thanks for leaving a message and finding my blog. Yours is great, as well. happy holidays!

  3. your table looks beautiful Arlene, and so do the snow ball cookies.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.Hugs

  4. These look lovely. I was just thinking to myself that I should make some snowball cookies, since most store bought cookies of that nature are made with nuts and are therefore off limits to me. I always loved them growing up, and I bet my husband has never had any that were homemade.
    The table runner is beautiful by the way.


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