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Drunken Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Drunken Chocolate Snowball Cookies

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Spring is on the way and I hope these are the last photographs we will see of snow for a very long time. By now, most of you know that Boston got over 100 inches (253 cm) of snow in just a few short weeks. What the news didn’t say is the many parts of Massachusetts got even more. The entire New England region from Maine down to Connecticut was buried by the blizzard.

I took these photos while the snow was still light and pretty. At the time,Β  I remember thinking I was walking through a lot of snow to take the photographs. Little did I know what was to come.

Β We were fortunate that we didn’t lose power during any of the storms. We were lucky. We had heat. And, we were able to bake.

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During the storm, I made a cookie that is remarkable tasty. It’s also the easiest cookie and quickest cookie I’ve ever made so I’ve been eager to share it with you.

I made it after we came in from a long walk through barely plowed streets. After climbing over mounds of snow, we came in exhausted. My husband made the hot chocolate and I initially set out to make Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies or whatever you choose to call the heavy butter ball cookies you typically make on the holidays but I wanted something a bit less heavy. I started tinkering with the recipe.

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Β I decided to call the end result “Drunken Chocolate Snowballs” – seemed appropriate to honor the blizzard as well as the cookie. The great thing about the cookies is that it only takes about 10 minutes to make the dough. Plus, you can roll them into balls or if you really feel lazy, you can press them into a pan like shortbread and slice them into bars. Unlike the Russian tea cakes, however, I don’t recommend rolling them in powdered sugar. Simply sprinkle a bit on with a small sifter, once the cookies have cooled, and you’ll avoid the sticky texture you get with the original recipe.

All and all I’d say they were a success.

Here’s to Spring. It can’t get here soon enough.

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Drunken Chocolate Snowball Cookies

1 c butter, unsalted and softened to room temperature

1/2 c powdered sugar

1/4 tsp. almond extract

1/2 tsp Frangelico liqueur

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 3/4 c flour

1/4 c cocoa powder

1/3 cup dark chocolate, melted

1/4 c milk or dark chocolate finely chopped or use chocolate chips

1/2 c diced almonds (toasting optional)

Extra powdered sugar for dusting

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and powdered sugar about 2 minutes.

Add the almond extract, vanilla extract and Frangelico and blend in.

Add the flour and cocoa powder and mix until the flour is nearly blended in.

Mix in the melted dark chocolate. Make sure everything is blended together.

Mix in the chocolate chips and the nuts.

Roll into balls the size of golf balls.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12-15 minutes or until cookies set and bottoms are lightly brown.

Cool and dust with powdered sugar.

Bon appetit!

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  1. I am in awe of your snowfall, El. WOW! I haven’t heard of that much snow since I lived in Prince George, BC and receive 15 feet of snow one year. Ayiyi. So glad you weathered the storm well, AND made these scrumptious cookies. πŸ™‚

    • freshblog

      10 March

      Hi Krista,

      I’m in awe of your warm Australian weather- enjoy!

  2. Rosa

    10 March

    Heavenly cookies and beautiful pictures. Here, spring has already arrived… I hope your turn will come soon.



    • freshblog

      10 March

      Me too!

  3. I love snowball cookies and these look jam-packed with deliciousness! Definitely need to try!

    • freshblog

      10 March

      They are good. Give them a try!

  4. Sarah

    10 March

    The snow in Maine was incredible. There’s this friend I have whose roof collapsed. Here’s to drunken cookies.

    • freshblog

      16 March

      It was pretty bad everywhere but the media fixated on Boston. May it melt soon!

  5. Susan

    10 March

    While you were having all of that snow we were having cold temps that just wouldn’t quit! I think we’ve all had enough of winter’s snow and cold. Your drunken chocolate cookies sound like a great way to survive a snow storm or just enjoy any time! Love the almonds in them too. My kind of cookie πŸ™‚

    • freshblog

      16 March

      They’re really easy to make. I definitely recommend them. Stay warm!

  6. Meeta

    11 March

    Yup! I am done with the snow too … but these cookies are perfect … snow or no snow!

    • freshblog

      16 March

      Agreed. Thanks!

  7. Karen

    11 March

    It’s perfect that you baked during the last (hopefully the very last) storm. It was really a beautiful, peaceful snowfall, so picturesque even here in New Jersey. Love chocolate and snowballs…

    • freshblog

      16 March

      Thanks Karen. It was fun (the baking, not the snow)

  8. Wow El, those snowstorms look amazing! Delighted to know that spring is coming, as we head into fall. I love your cookies!

    • freshblog

      16 March

      Can’t wait!

  9. Snowballs! Aptly named. Cheers from New York — you had it worse than us, but we’ll all the out from under the snow soon!

    • freshblog

      30 March

      Let’s hope so Viviane. I’m definitely ready for spring!

  10. Now this is the aesthetic edification I have sorely missed.
    Happy Spring, El!

    • freshblog

      22 April

      Thanks Valerie- Happy Spring to you as well!

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