Saturday, November 23, 2013

Holiday Snowball Cookies and OOPS!

Holiday Snowball Cookies
    •    1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
    •    3/4 cup powdered sugar
    •    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    •    1/2 teaspoon salt
    •    3 cups all-purpose flour
    •    1 3/4 cups (10-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Holiday Shapes & Morsels
    •    1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
    •    1 sprinkle powdered sugar

PREHEAT oven to 375° F. 

BEAT butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour; stir in Shapes & Morsels and nuts.

Shape level tablespoons of dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets. 

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly browned. Remove from oven. Sift powdered sugar over hot cookies on baking sheets. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, if desired. Store in airtight containers.

I wanted to make these cookies since I saw a picture of them in the Wegmans Menu magazine.  I found the recipe and then I couldn't find the chips.
One day I found the chips in the back of the store and bought two bags and it was a good thing because the next time I was there, which was probably the next day, there weren't any more.
Yesterday I made the cookies but had a little mishap in the middle.  I was adding the flour (needs 3 cups) and specifically thought to myself that I need to keep track of how much flour I was adding since I was mixing in between each add of a cup.  At some point I remembered a couple of items for my shopping list and added them, then Larry came into the kitchen and when I went back to the cookies, "Did I put in 2 or 3?"

I looked up what the pitfalls were for too much or too little flour and this is what I found
. . . If you add too much flour, your baked goods will be hard and dry. If you don't add enough flour, the recipe will fall and fail.. . .
I added  1/2 cup more and hoped for the best.  The batter tasted good, they held their shape when I put them in and took them out and Larry said they tasted good.  I'll have to try another batch and pay attention and see how they compare.

Note (12/3/13):  I made another batch with the correct amounts.  I think I shorted the flour the first time, but there wasn't really a noticeable difference.  The one thing I did do the second time is make them smaller.  I think I rolled my balls too big the first time.  This weekend I'm going to make them again, everybody loves them.

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