Food for Friday

Recipe time again, and I spotted a new cook book in the gift gallery.  Favorite Brand Name Holiday, a collection of recipes that are perfect for parties, open houses, cookie exchanges, and all your holiday eating opportunities!

The food photographs in this book are amazing – I’m looking at a picture of cheese “balls” made in the shape of a Christmas tree, a football (covered in almonds to look like leather) and a pine cone (covered in sliced almonds resembling the petals of a cone).  Virtually every recipe is illustrated by a closely-detailed photo – I’m now looking at a one-bite burger, with the buns cleverly crafted out of pre-made breadstick dough that is easily shaped into the miniature buns.

It’s much too close to dinner time to keep turning these pages!  I’m going straight to Cookies, and this quick and tasty recipe made with chocolate bars.

Snowball Surprises

1 C (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 C powdered sugar, divided
1 t vanilla
1-3/4 C all-purpose flour
1/4 t salt
1 C pecan halves, toasted* & finely chopped
1 bar (3 oz) chocolate candy with almonds, broken into 36 (1/2-inch) pieces

Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.  Beat butter & 1/2 C powdered sugar in large bowl until well blended.  Add vanilla; beat until blended.  Gradually add flour & salt, beating after each addition.  Stir in pecans.

Shape dough by tablespoonfuls into 36 balls.  Press chocolate pieces into each ball, working dough around chocolate to cover.  Place balls 1-1/2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.  Refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour or until dough is firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake cookies 13 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Remove to wire racks; cool slightly.  Sprinkle remaining 1/4 C powdered sugar over warm cookies.

*To toast pecans, spread in single layer on cookie sheet.  Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently.

Your guests will not expect the surprise of the lovely chocolate center to these delicious snowball cookies!

This cook book is an absolute feast for the eyes, not to mention the guests – it’s one that will draw you into every page, and I know you’ll find many new favorites in every category.  You’ll have to finish the meal with Bubbling Raspberry Coolers and Cranberry Snow Punch!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

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