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Monday, December 16, 2013

Lemon Snowdrop Cookies

Hello Ladies ....

*update: I found the link where I got this recipe from Yellow Bliss Road here

I just wanted to share that I made some ''cookies'' not because of anything in particular except that these were 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to make and they had cream cheese in it, so I HAD TO make them !
I'm not really a baker or flour product fanatic unless its croissants but these seemed too easy too pretty and I couldn't pass them up.

* I found the recipe blog hopping and don't remember where now, but these are popular Christmas cookies called Snowball Cookies. I never heard of them before but I'd seen them in pictures and thought they looked so very pretty! In Feminine Home Magazine, there is a picture of them in light pink and I really loved them and didn't know what they were and now I do, so I can make them in pale pink one day.

I imagine there are many ways to make this, like adding cinnamon....and I've seen them made with walnuts or other nuts, but the basic recipe that I used is:

One box of lemon cake mix
1/3 cup of oil
4 oz soft cream cheese
3 egg whites
1/2 cup powdered sugar and extra powdered sugar to dip the cookies into

Mix it well and then chill it for half an hour. It is a VERY STICKY DOUGH and I had a hard time with it. I had to flour my hands for each cookie but I learned that you can add 1/2 cup of flour or powdered sugar if it is too sticky and that should take care of it. I don't particularly like to get fussy with baking, but I do try recipes here and there. I once thought I could experiment with baking like I do with food and get really creative and do as I please.......Well that doesn't work in the world of baking and the precision of keeping to rules and recipes drives me nuts! And when things don't go smoothly like today even with a simple recipe I can't imagine how people love to bake, but this is something that is not my forte and that's ok lolol. Still they came out well. :D

After the dough is chilled, preheat oven to 350. I floured my hands and took about a tablespoon of dough and rolled it then roll it in the powdered sugar then place onto a parchment paper sheet. They were baked for 11 minutes, then as they are cooling I sifted more powdered sugar over them then added silver nonpareils in the center for extra prettiness. These are delicious and pretty. I may make them again.....if I have help....
After dusting them with the pretty white powder, I wondered how I could make them look even nicer and I had these things out....imagine a beautiful silver tray empty! but there it was, then the white plates, and put them together...I lit the candles and it looked really pretty! I love the silver candy so I put out lots for me :D







































Then I piled them up in the cloche. I'm going to pack some now for my neighbor. They will be happy. :D





 




















 











 John just came home and saw them and thought I bought them. lol....nope, I made them. He likes them and asked if I can made some more :D:D:D....yes, but not without help next time.

enjoy and happy eating!


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8 comments:

  1. I love cookies. When I worked in Solvang, my nickname was "cookie queen."

    xoxo

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  2. My goodness this is the PERFECT Christmas tea table, Lady! I feel as if you invited each of us to partake of this, and I thank you for the invitation!

    Your platters are just lovely. I have similar silver platters and I love how you used them as chargers for the white. Perfect. And these little lemon gems are so reminiscent of days past. Lovely, so wonderful!

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS! Anita

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    1. Thank you Anita, it almost was, if I had tea out it would have been a treat :D You are welcome for the invitation! lol
      I just bought a pair of wings on ebay for $10.00....we'll see when they arrive if they are true to the picture. But I may have my wings yet.
      hugs

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  3. Looks yummy and beautiful decorations!!!xo

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  4. Well, I will definitely try this one! "Coincidentally" I´ve been thinking about the lovely tradition you have in the States of baking cookies for Christmas, and how funny it would be to do something like that with my child (although it´s almost Summer here and we are suffering very hot temperatures, I´m used to make my own panettone and fruit pudding for Christmas Eve, so a little more baking will not bother me anyway...) And I agree with Anita: your tea table is exquisite!!! Btw, what I do when I have to deal with a sticky or buttery dough is to put it in a thin plastic bag -powdered in the inside with a little corn starch- so it may be easier to manipulate... maybe it would work for you too.
    Blessings,
    K.

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    1. It IS a ''tradition'' but not for me. I just happened to make cookies around this time because I saw the recipe and had to try it with cream cheese?? couldn't resist. But yes alot of people do this. I did it once for Christmas, wrapped them and gave them away, it was nice to do but you never know if they liked them or not.
      Those things you make are involved :D, I'm not really a baker nor sweets eater, these things age you very quickly and make you fat....and only some of them, actually taste good, otherwise they to me they are simply variations of sugar, eggs, flour, sugar.
      Thanks for the tip on the sticky dough....I panicked and emailed the person, but had to do it my own way after all, a bit more work which is another reason why I'm not crazy about ''baking''.....but they did come out pretty and delish!
      Try not to do so much :D......
      coming from me, its funny, yes? lol
      warmest hugs

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  5. Dearest Lady!!!!!!

    Oh let me have another one of those cookies...it's time to celebrate the fact that no matter where, no matter WHO....we are loved. And I SO HOPE those wings work out! PEACE, NAMASTE! Anita

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  6. You are the cutest blogger!! I always love hearing from you with your wonderful comments. Thank you so much! I will be featuring you this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. I just want to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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