…well not really. It is dry here in Yakima. Not a speck of snow to speak of. Sigh. But my parents house is decorated with many items from my youth, which make me feel all warm and cozy inside.
German glockenspiel – I really want one for my house – you light the candles and the figures in the center spin around
My brother, Jake, was obsessed with nutcrackers when he was a kid. For a while he got one every year for Christmas.
This little house was always filled with candy…not this year. I’m a little upset by this break in tradition.
Something else that makes me feel warm and cozy inside is a mug of locally roasted (and personalized!) coffee and fresh out of the oven cookies. I’ve never been a fan of snowballs, or Russian tea cakes as they are often called. I think it is because I’ve only ever had them made with walnuts. But they are the hubs favorite Christmas cookie, so I agreed to make him some. And guess what? Made with pecans they are actually quite scrumptious.
yields 30 cookies
Recipe from my mother-in-law
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar *
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups pecans, finely chopped
*Additional powdered sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 400.
In a large bowl cream butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. In another bowl, combine flour and salt. Add to butter/sugar/vanilla mixture. When thoroughly combined add pecans and distribute evenly.
Roll mixture into 1-inch balls. Space evenly on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes. Do not brown!
Let cool 2 minutes and roll in powdered sugar.
Once fully cooled, roll in powdered sugar a second time.
Don’t forget to enter the Firebird Chocolate giveaway – it closes on Monday at 11:59 p.m. (PST)
What holiday treat do others around you love, but you aren’t a fan?