Almond snowball cookies

These biscuits are transformed into sweet snowballs by a dusting of icing sugar.

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves30
  • DifficultyEasy
75g sliced almonds
150g caster sugar
180g unsalted butter, sliced and softened
1/2 tsp pure vanilla essence
1 dash almond essence
230g plain flour
1/2 tsp fine salt
125g icing sugar
Pulse the almonds and sugar in a food processor until very finely ground. Add the butter and process until smooth, about one minute. Scrape the dough off the inside of the bowl, if needed. Add the vanilla and almond essence and pulse to combine. Add the flour and salt and pulse to make a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a large piece of waxed paper and roll into a log about 40cm long and 4cm wide. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins.

Preheat the oven to 160°C / gas mark 3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cut the chilled dough into 1cm pieces and roll by hand into balls. Space the cookies evenly on the prepared baking sheets and bake until slightly golden, rotating the sheets once, 15 to 20 mins. Put the icing sugar in a pie plate. Briefly cool the cookies on a rack, then gently toss in the icing sugar until evenly coated. Return to rack, cool to room temperature, and then toss again in the icing sugar.

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