Snowball Cookies

I think it’s about time we all started Christmas cookie baking, because you know, it’s never too early for cookies, is it? It totally feels like Christmas here, I mean, it’s so darn cold that it looks as if we were in the middle of January or something.  Oh, man, times like these make me wish I lived in my Cozy Pinterest Board. Someone give me lots of blankets, big mugs of hot tea, fluffy wool socks and warm cookies straight from the oven… specially cookies, I need those, pretty please!

 

 


These snowball cookies are really popular in Spain. Yes, I know it’s the second typical Spanish cookie recipe that I post this week. No, I don’t care, and so shouldn’t you… Spanish Christmas cookies are delicious, and I predict that you’ll be seeing those often around here. Actually, I’m thinking of writing some posts about typical Spanish food: paella, potato omelette… you know the kind. My dad makes a mean omelette (I don’t mean to brag here, but my brother says it’s the bestest one in the world) and it makes me feel so bad that you’re missing out! So tell me guys, do you think you’d enjoy a typical Spanish recipe series? I’d love to hear what you think about it!

 

 

Back to the cookies, as I told you in my Vegan Almond Cookies post, these are really popular in Spain around Christmas time. Although they’re so good, I’d be able to have them all year round… But you guys know me, I’d be able to eat cookies every single day of my life, yeah. Though, it’s safe to say that these are by far my favorite cookies ever and I’m not lying here. I’ve loved the storebought version since I was like 1 year old and now I’ve given homemade a try, I’m shocked to see how awesome they are. Never in my life had I imagined that a cookie could turn out this wonderfully. They’re so flaky it’s like a dream, almost!

 

 

I know the ingredient list might sound weird to you. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of both lard and wine, and I was skeptical about these at first. Actually, the dough tasted so weird that I was pretty positive that these cookies wouldn’t turn out edible. Thank Godness I went on to bake them… because they become the best baked good ever once they’re out of the oven. These are so nice, I tell you.

 

 

And if you still don’t believe me (though I wouldn’t lie to you when it comes to cookies, do you think I’m that evil??), let me tell you how all my testers thought that these were the best cookies they’d ever put into their mouths. Although the Almond Cookies I blogged about a few days ago came in so close too. It is hard to choose among them, so I’d highly recommed you baked both these Christmas… after all, you all need a tray full of cookies. Are there ever too many?

 

Snowball Cookies

Ingredients

  • 500 Grams white flour
  • 200 Grams iberic pork lard
  • 125 Ml. white wine
  • 90 Grams powdered sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • extrapowdered sugar
  • 500 Grams white flour
  • 200 Grams iberic pork lard
  • 125 Ml. white wine
  • 90 Grams powdered sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • extrapowdered sugar

Directions

1.
Whisk flour, salt and sugar until combined.
2.
Whisk flour, salt and sugar until combined.
3.
And softened lard and white wine and mix with your hands until you form a ball.
4.
And softened lard and white wine and mix with your hands until you form a ball.
5.
Roll out dough. Don't use flour, use powdered sugar instead or the cookies might turn out though.
6.
Roll out dough. Don't use flour, use powdered sugar instead or the cookies might turn out though.
7.
Once rolled, it should be quite thick, as the cookies don't rise much in the oven. With a cookie cutter or a glass' rim, cut out circles.
8.
Once rolled, it should be quite thick, as the cookies don't rise much in the oven. With a cookie cutter or a glass' rim, cut out circles.
9.
Bake at 400F (200ºC) for 20-25 minutes (it depends on your oven!).
10.
Bake at 400F (200ºC) for 20-25 minutes (it depends on your oven!).
11.
Once out of the oven and when they're still warm, roll them in powdered sugar.
12.
Once out of the oven and when they're still warm, roll them in powdered sugar.
13.
You can add more powderes sugar right before you serve them.
14.
You can add more powderes sugar right before you serve them.

Note

The cookies aren't on the sweet side, so don't skimp on the powdered sugar.

Some people add some baking powder to the dough so the cookies rise higher, but I prefer mine without any leavening agent.

These keep well up to a week (that I know of) in a metal cookie tin.

 

Sorry about teh recipe plug-in again, I haven’t got round to fix that problem yet! I try to sort it out during this weekend.

Have a great (cookie-filled) weekend!

Consuelo

63 Comments

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life November 16, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Pork lard? I’ve never seen that in a cookie! You have the best cookies, Consuelo! We have Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes (they look like these) for Christmas every year, so these are definitely getting me in the holiday spirit. I want to live in your cozy board ,too:)

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      It’s a typical ingredient in lots of Spanish cookies, and it yields fabulous results!
      These are similar to Mexican Wedding Cakes, but they aren’t quite as soft, and the flavor is more complex!
      Awh, thanks Mary Frances! x

  • Reply Monica November 16, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Wow – I can feel the love and passion you have for these cookies – it *must* be good! : ) The ingredients do have me doing a double-take but sometimes, that’s how magic happens. And please bring on any and all “typical” Spanish cookies and food. I’d love to get your recipes for authentic paella and everything else you can educate me on! Happy Christmas cookie baking and eating!

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      I’m really obsessed about them haha! Yay, I’m happy you like the cookies and the idea of the Spanish recipes! Happy baking to you too 😀

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments November 16, 2013 at 3:53 am

    I’m glad you’re sharing Spanish recipes, and I’d love to see more! These look so much like kourembides, or Greek butter cookies, AKA Russian tea cookies, etc. I was thrown when I saw wine and pork lard, but I guess pork lard is probably a great fat to use in order to get these cookies nice and soft. Keep the traditional recipes coming, Consuelo, I love them!

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Yeah, wine and lard sound weird, but they make the cookies so good! I’m glad you like the idea and the cookies! Happy weekend 😀

  • Reply Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 16, 2013 at 6:10 am

    So cute and perfect for Christmas!!

    ps: I’m eyeing that old and dark cookie sheet/baking pan 😀

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much, Kiran! I’m so happy you like them 😉

  • Reply Irina @ wandercrush November 16, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Wohoo, it’s getting festive up in the blogosphere! I must admit that wine and lard are things I seldom cook or bake with, but it seems to have done nothing but good things for you :) Very unique cookie recipe.

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Yeah, I don’t use them very often, but they make the cookies amazing! Thank you so much!

  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen November 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

    i’d absolutely love it if you did a spanish recipe series! especially if it included paella – my all time favourite food! these looks deeeelicious, by the way :)
    the hobbit kitchen x

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Do you like paella? I’ll try to write about it soon 😉 Thank you!

  • Reply Kelly November 16, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I love that you are in the Christmas spirit right now and sharing these traditional cookies with us :) They looks so festive and perfect for the holidays!

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Awh, thank you so much Kelly! I’m so happy you like them ;D

  • Reply Ashley November 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Aww I love snowball cookies – they were my grandma’s specialty and always make me think of her : ) And Christmas – she always made them for Christmas! Yours look delicious Consuelo! Have a great weekend!!

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Awwh, that’s so cute! I’m sure her version was lovely too!
      Thank you so much, Ashley! You too have a wonderful weekend :)

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl November 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I actually love baking with lard! A lot of people tend to wince at the idea of it but not me – these sound and look incredible, Consuelo! I smiled looking at them, so Christmassy :-)

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      It makes baked goods so flavoursome, right? Awh, I’m so happy you like them, Aimee :)

  • Reply caileejoy November 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Wow!! These are so tasty and perfect for this time of year!! YUM :)

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much, Cailee 😀

  • Reply Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking November 16, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    ohmygodohmygodohmygod! I loooove these cookies! Ok – I need to take a deep breath. I have been looking for a recipe for Spanish Snowball Cookies for, like, forever. So thank you!
    Also, I am also diving right into Christmas Cookie Season this week! Tis the season!

    • Reply Consuelo November 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Awwh, I’m so happy you’ve finally found it! I hope you like them as much as I do, Lindsey!
      Yeah, this is my favorite time of the year! 😀

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} November 16, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I love reading about food culture in other countries. So just keep posting Spanish recipes 😉 The cookies look wonderful. Maybe I should add something Spanish to our Christmas this year…

    • Reply Consuelo November 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      You should if it involves cookies haha 😉 Thank you so much!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen November 17, 2013 at 2:05 am

    These cookies look so yummy with all that powdered sugar covering them! Sometimes you really don’t know how something will turn out. Definitely some unusual ingredients in this one. I would love to learn more about Spanish recipes!

    • Reply Consuelo November 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Christin! I’m supper happy you like them 😀

  • Reply Vicky and Ruth November 17, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Love that you are sharing Spanish cookies. I remember those cookies, do you think they will come out good if I tried a vegetarian version of these cookies? I am thinking of using coconut oil or each balance.

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      I think they’d come out fine, but I suppose they wouldn’t taste like the Spanish version! :((
      Thank you! x

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen November 17, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Yum! These look delicious! I’ve never seen wine in cookies before, but they sound absolutely delicious!

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      It adds a lovely touch! Thank you so much 😀

  • Reply Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron November 17, 2013 at 4:39 am

    I would be absolutely thrilled if you shared more Spanish recipes. I love Spanish tortillas! 😀
    Anyway, I think I’ve heard of these cookies. They sound delicious and I definitely want to bake them this year.

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Awwh, thank you so mcuh! I hope you like them 😀

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Awwh, thank you so mcuh! I hope you like them :)

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker November 17, 2013 at 9:53 am

    These look delicious Consuelo! I would love to have a dozen of these with some coffee or tea. YUM! :)

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Yes, me too! Thanks 😀

  • Reply Yeste Lima November 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    No sé cómo estarán de sabor, de todas formas, haciéndolos tú, tienen que estar buenos por “cajones”.

    Su apriencia me recuerdan a los clásicos “nevaditos”

    Besos apretaos, Consuelo.

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Es que son como los nevaditos 😉
      Besos y muchas gracias 😀

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl November 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Snowballs are a favorite and I will soon be posting a recipe my mother in law often makes. I can’t get enough snowballs, one of my favorite, wishing I had a few of yours in front of me now. :)

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      Oooh, I can’t wait to read about them! Thank you so much ;D

  • Reply huntfortheverybest November 18, 2013 at 12:24 am

    they look like delicious cookies!

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks 😀

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven November 18, 2013 at 12:52 am

    The christmas cookie baking has already begun! And I don’t even celebrate Christmas 😉

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      At least you can celebrate the cookie part haha 😉

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon November 18, 2013 at 1:41 am

    I love everything about these cookies! They’re so cute and they look so yummy! Perfect for baking season :)

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you so much 😀

  • Reply foxeslovelemons November 18, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I’m pretty sure my grandma used to make these! I never knew what they were called, but I remember them being absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      I’m glad you like them, thank you ;D

  • Reply Joanne November 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Both the greeks and the italians have cookies like this also! Minus the lard. They are so great!

    • Reply Consuelo November 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Joanne 😀

  • Reply Johlene November 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Hey Consuelo, I´m not sure how I missed this post.. I was still laughing at you thinking the word ´spaghetti´ is weird when I scrolled down to find this recipe.. Are these ´mantecados´ or I thinlk thats they way you say them?? If so, I love them and now I have the recipe! whoohoo! Where could I find the manteca here in Gran Canaria..? In the supermarket..? (forgive me for all the questions..lol)

    • Reply Consuelo November 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Yup, these are mantecados, “nevaditos” is what they’re actually called! So yeah, you now have the recipe 😉
      No problem! I bought mine at Mercadona, but I think you can find it at Carrefour as well. Anyway, I like Mercadona’s better! Good luck and if you try them d let me know what you think! Thanks 😀

      • Reply Johlene November 20, 2013 at 12:15 am

        Will do! I´ve never heard of nevaditos but maybe its not so often used here in the Canaries.. anyway thanks so much for the recipe!!

        • Reply Consuelo November 20, 2013 at 12:23 am

          You’re welcome! I hope you love them!

  • Reply thecupcakeconfession November 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve never used lard before! But I guess I’m gonna have to! These cookies look soooooo good! Almost like a ball of snow! <3 Yum!!!!!!

    • Reply Consuelo November 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      It makes them so flaky! Give it a go, I’m sure you’ll love them 😉

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner November 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    It’s never too early to start baking cookies for the holidays! In fact I’ll be starting this weekend. :) These cookies look so so tasty. You know me and my obsesseion for powdered sugar. 😉 I love that you embrace your culture. I love seeing what’s popular in your area…I love trying new things…and yes, I would love to see more Spanish dishes!

    • Reply Consuelo November 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Ooooh I can’t wait to see which lovely recipes you come up with! Yay, I’m happy you like the idea, thanks! :)

  • Reply LondonKiwiEmma December 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Wow, that is a surprising ingrediant list!

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      It is, but the results are great 😉

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