Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Coconut Snowballs

A delightful cookie whether for afternoon tea or for a Christmas cookie plate. From a beloved but not used as much cookbook, Cold Weather Cooking by Sarah Leah Chase -- she of Nantucket's Que Sera Sarah food shop fame.
As described by her "Three favorite flavors of Christmas abound in these buttery morsels -- lemon, orange and coconut. The glistening sugar coating recalls one of the most poetic lines from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" 'the moon on the breas of the new fallen snow gave the luster of midday to objects below.'"
I think they are a close kin to what is known as Mexican Wedding Cakes, Swedish Tea Cakes, Russian Tea Cakes but substituting coconut for the nuts, adding citrus zest and then instead of a roll in powdered sugar, you use granulated which gives them that glistening snowy quality.
They're tasty little cookies and go so well with afternoon tea. Like their "cousins" (the Mexican, Swedish, Russian cakes), they would look good on a Christmas cookie plate.

Join Michael at Designs by Gollum for this is Foodie Friday!

Coconut Snowballs
(from Cold Weather Cooking)

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
1/2 c. sugar (plus additional for coating)
1 t. vanilla
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut, lightly toasted
1 T. grated lemon zest
1 T. grated orange zest

Preheat the oven to 375. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and 1/2 cup sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and salt. Gradually stir in the flour to make a fairly stiff dough. Work in the coconut and citrus zests until evenly distributed.

Shape the dough into small balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place in rows about 1/2 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake until bottoms of the cookies just begin to take on a hint of color, about 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool a minute or two, then roll in a shallow dish of sugar to coat. Cool completely and store in an airtight container up to one week.

Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.


25 comments:

Beth at Aunties said...

I am so happy you posted and shared this recipe with us. My handsome Mr B adores the powdered sugar wedding cookies. These are a delight sounding twist on the same cookie. I can't wait to try them out on him!
~♥

heartnsoulcooking said...

What a GREAT!!! recipe. These little treats sound wonderful. I love coconut.
Geri

From the Kitchen said...

Love that cookbook. Purchased it years ago at Sutton Place Gourmet in Bethesda. I met Sarah along with Julie Rosso and Sheila Lukins at a food show in Atlanta about twenty years ago. Did you know Sarah co-authored the first Silver Palate Cookbook? She has another cookbook that I like a lot: Nantucket Open House.

once in a blue moon... said...

what a great idea with coconut! i am too hungry to looking at recipes now...

Nancy Jane said...

These look fabulous! And just in time for the holidays...

ellen b said...

Oh they do look loverly! :0)

Sue said...

Hi...well i'm happy I decdied to join in on the fun this week...I have a cookie exhange coming up and I'm enjoying all the great cookie recipes...this one looks really good...thanks for sharing it...Sue.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love coconut - they sound perfect!

Blondie's Journal said...

Can't wait to try these. Sounds like they have a lot of flavor!! Thank you, Martha!

xoxo
Jane

susan said...

Martha-I adore anything with citrus zest. I can't believe it is cookie time--of course, for me, that is all year long :)

Tracie said...

These are 3 of my favorite flavors....I might make these tommorow! :>

From the Kitchen said...

Happy almost 40th to you. Stay tuned, the destination will be revealed next week.

ButterYum said...

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!!!

:)
ButterYum

Pondside said...

As soon as I opened your post I thought 'Mexican Wedding Cakes". When I was a child my mother made them every Christmas and put them in a special tin - which is now in my possession. I like the sound of this new-to-me recipe and will have to try it out.

La Table De Nana said...

I have a coconut lover.. perfect for the holidays!

Mary said...

Martha, did you use sweetened coconut to make these gorgeous morsels?

Barbara said...

Martha, Thanks for coming by and entering giveaway, today is dessert plates, come take a look.

The cookies sound great, since we are trying to lose a little around here, I will file it for a Bridge club or Bunko group.

Barbara

Barbara said...

Martha, Thanks for coming by and entering giveaway, today is dessert plates, come take a look.

The cookies sound great, since we are trying to lose a little around here, I will file it for a Bridge club or Bunko group.

Barbara

Barbara said...

Martha, Thanks for coming by and entering giveaway, today is dessert plates, come take a look.

The cookies sound great, since we are trying to lose a little around here, I will file it for a Bridge club or Bunko group.

Barbara

lemonverbenalady said...

You are an inspiration to me, Martha. Check out today's post, November 13 on my blog for your award!

Martha said...

Mary -- I used the sack coconut -- just toasted it.

The Fajdich Times said...

I could eat the picture. They look fabulous! I will be trying these. Thanks for sharing:)

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a great change from the usual wedding cookies. These seem so -- refreshing!
And they look beautiful, too -- a nice contrast on a cookie tray at the holidays.
Thanks!
Cass

Designs on 47th Street said...

Mexican Wedding cookies are one of my all time favorites. this looks like a really nice twist to that cookie. I am going to make these for my Christmas show! Thanks!!

Donna

joey said...

I love this cookbook as well as Sarah's Open House but have never tried these cookies ... they look and sound delicious. Perhaps for my Christmas cookie swap!