The little ones are excited about the holidays. They want to see Santa Claus, sit within hearing distance (socially-distanced of course), and tell him what they want for Christmas. To seal the deal (if we're going to do this 'Santa thing') it's necessary to plan 'Cookies for Santa.'
I'm all about doing the simple and delicious. This cookie recipe is quick, easy, and accessible. Most of the ingredients should be in your cupboard.
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsps. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 cups copped walnuts
Cream butter and sugar. Beat until fluffy. Stir in egg and vanilla. Add flour and then chopped nuts. Shape into 1" balls. Bake on ungreased cook sheet at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool. In a plastic bag, put in one pound of confectioners sugar and shake until coated. Another Christmas cookie baked in minutes for Santa. Yum.
If you want to make your snowballs mixed with a little dirt....make the dark chocolate. Here's the additional ingredients needed.
6 tbs. dark unsweetened cocoa powder (divided)
1 tbs. cinnamon (divided)
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 cup finely chopped dark chocolate
Cream the butter and sugar as above. Before adding the flour...add to it 4 tbs. cocoa powder, 1/2 tbs. cinnamon, salt, nuts, finely chopped chocolate and mix until combined. Roll into balls, bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. After cookies cool, (about 10 minutes), mix together a cup of powdered sugar, 2 tbs. cocoa powder, and 1/2 tbs. cinnamon then roll cookies in the mixture.