I have reinvented my favourite holiday cookie and created a new holiday favourite…
Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Snowballs.
I grew up loving anything ‘shortbreadish.’ Not too sweet and extremely versatile. Sugar Cookie cut outs were a favourite as were my mother’s Pecan Balls.
Last holiday season, I was describing my mother’s Pecan Balls to my son, Matthew. It’s a pecan studded shortbread cookie ball, rolled in icing sugar. “Mmmmm”, says Matthew. “I would love it with chocolate chips!”
The next thing I knew, we were whipping up an adapted version…eureka…we have a winner!
The Sugar Cookie is a simple shortbread (most likely why I love it) which, with a little imagination, can be elevated into something so much more! (Stay tuned for Friday’s post for another twist on this easy to make and bake dough)
This recipe hails from Canadian Living’s 1977 special edition magazine they put out that year. The recipe was called ‘Quick and Easy Holiday Cookies’. I can still remember all the variations of cookies that could be made with this dough. I just loved gazing at all the cookies. My mother still owns her copy!
How appropriate that my reinvented childhood recipe be paired in a picture with my childhood christmas tree ornaments. Don’t you love the colours!
Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Snowballs
1 cup Earth Balance vegan butttery sticks
1 1/4 cups icing sugar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
2 tbsp water
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips (for half the batter)
In a large bowl, cream the Earth Balance and sugar until light and fluffy.
Stir in the vanilla and water.
In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture until combined.
Divide dough in half. (only if you want to make two types of cookies with this dough)
Add chocolate chips to half the dough.
Roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone pad.
Makes approximately 24 cookies and one snowman!
P.S. I had to add Michael’s comment on the cookies…”Mmmm…these are good…really good…I don’t remember them tasting this good!” Too funny!
P.P.S. Have you reinvented an allergy free version of a childhood favourite for your children?