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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Snowballs for a Hot June

It's been hot on the prairie
End of July and early August hot
But it's only June
The golden days of early summer to enjoy in the garden
were not to be
Instead it was hot
And garden chores
were -- well, a chore!

We relished time spent indoors
Where it was cool!

And tea time went from a pot of tea
To a pitcher of tea
Poured into a glass full of ice!

But there's always time for a nosh . . . 

And what better nosh on a hot and humid summer day
(at least looking at them you can feel cool!)

You know, snowballs, another name for that many named cookie
Always in any church or community cookbook
And so often on cookie plates at Christmas.
So often, in fact, most people think of them as Christmas cookies.
They go by the name of Mexican Wedding Cakes, Swedish Tea Cakes, Pecan balls,  Russian Tea Cakes, Butterballs,  and Martha Stewart's name of "Nut Balls".

This recipe is a bit different and will replace the one I usually use
It has a bit of nutmeg in the cookie dough which gives a pleasant surprise when you
bite into one.

One of my mother's iced tea glasses
filled with ice tea
And 4 snowballs for an indoor
early summer 
afternoon tea


1 1/2 c. melted butter
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. nutmeg (freshly ground is best)
1/2 t. salt
3 1/2 c. flour
1 cup finely chopped nuts (we always use pecans)

Melt the butter.   Mix in the powdered sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and salt.    Add the flour and mix thoroughly.    Stir in the nuts.   (If you work quickly, while the butter is still warm, the dough will be softer and easier to mix.)

Form the dough into one-inch balls and place them on an uncreased baking sheet, 12 to a standard sheet.    Bake them at 350 for 10 minutes until they are set but not brown.

Let the cookies cool for 2 minutes and then roll them in powdered sugar.   (You must do this while they're still warm.)    Place them on a wire rack and let them cool thoroughly.

When the cookies are cool, roll them in powdered sugar a second time.    Let them rest for several minutes on the rack, and then store them in a cookie jar or covered bowl.


Southerncook said...

Oh Martha, I love the use of the nutmeg in this recipe. I will definitely try this the next time I need a good cookie, my favorite as a nosh as well.

Saw your post on my blog and to answer your question,our cookbook group has a facebook page and after pondering over the possibilities we post what we are bringing. We don't leave it as a potluck. Once we chose to do any recipe that came from Ree Drummond's books but most often we are specific. When I have it here in Oct. I plan to choose one of Ina's books too. I would have hated it if they had chosen to do recipes from any of her books for next month. I think I would have objected to that. Ina does come out with a new book in Oct so I'm hoping it will come out early enough to cook from that book. I mentioned it today at our gathering.

You will love that pasta salad. It would be an excellent recipe for your lunch bunch group.


Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Your mother's iced tea glass filled with tea looks quite refreshing! And the snowballs actually make me feel a little cooler too! lol Those really are quite tasty. Your blue transferware pitcher is pretty too. Have a great rest of your week, it's cooling off a bit around here in Missouri so hopefully you experience that there in Kansas also.

Deb said...

Love your blue & white. Thanks for the recipe, Martha. Deb

marilyn r said...

I love this recipe. Years ago, I made a similar recipe without the nutmeg, but stuck either a maraschino cherry or a Hershy's kiss inside.