But Sugar is Sweeter

Snowball Cookies for Daddy-O

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I thought about telling you all sooner, but I was too beside myself when I first found out to write something that would even come close to describing how I was feeling.   In all honesty I still don’t know what to say.  My dad passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on November 30, 2011.  These past few weeks have been very difficult, but I want to thank everyone for your kind words, actions, thoughts and prayers.  I have been so comforted by the love others have shown me and my family.

I used to talk to my Dad almost everyday on my way home from school.  I had just been talking to him on  about how excited I was to be starting my internal medicine rotation, because it was my dad’s specialty and I was really looking forward to being able to discuss it with him.  Just on Monday he had explained the mechanism, symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatment of pleural effusions to me.   I had told him to get excited for Christmas, and I had even mentioned how I was planning to make a bunch of cookies  including his favorite – these snowballs.  I have such found memories of my dad sneaking into the cookie tins in the kitchen to get just one more cookie.  I can even remember John joking with him last Christmas, “Ahhh, now I see where Jacqueline gets her sweet tooth from,” as my dad was slyly removing yet another powdered sugar covered cookie and plopping the  whole thing in his mouth.  (Personally I always thought these were more like 2 bite cookies – but he seemed to think differently :-)). 

So Daddy-O, these are for you…

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Snowball Cookies

Makes  8-9 dozen cookies

  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened (3 sticks)
  • 1/4 cup crisco
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 c. finely chopped nuts*
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • Powdered sugar for rolling

*Pecans are my favorite, but walnuts work too

1. Cream butter, crisco and sugar.  Add nuts, vanilla, flour.

2. Work all the flour in using your hands.  Roll into a large ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate several hours, or overnight. Dough can also be made ahead of time and frozen, just thaw enough to handle before using.

3. Before baking, preheat oven to 300º.

4. Remove ball from refrigerator and allow dough to sit long enough until able to handle.  Roll  into smaller than walnut sized balls – small is better.  Remember they will be slightly bigger once they are covered with powered sugar. 

6. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on an un-greased cookie sheet.

7.Turn oven down to 275° and bake cookies for 30-35 minutes, or until very light in color.  Cool for about 15 minutes then roll in powdered sugar to help sugar stick.  They can be re-rolled in powered sugar before serving.

From my favorite Christmas cookbook: Christmas from Heart of the Home, by Susan Branch

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7 responses

  1. bonnie

    thanks for posting this recipe…and sharing a nice story about your dad Jacqueline..i know that you were a shinning star for your dad…and that you brought him much joy…..bonnie

    December 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

  2. jan

    I do not know who originally sent me your site, but I love your recipes and many have become family favorites! I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I hope you and your family can find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of him this holiday season.
    Jan in Cleveland

    December 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

  3. Lydia

    Jacs, this post brought tears to my eyes. I’m so glad you were able to spend such great times with your dad and have these memories! I cannot wait to try your recipe! xxoo

    December 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

  4. Samiya

    Thank you Jacqueline for letting me try these the other day, they were delicious! I can see why your dad liked them so much!

    December 21, 2011 at 12:01 am

  5. Jackie

    What a wonderful remembrance to celebrate life with the very things your dad loved. This is a wonderful way to bring remembrance and honor to your dad each holiday season. Thank you for sharing with us. It brought tears but also thanksgiving to know the Nagel family who loves their family dearly. Bless you!

    December 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

  6. Jeanne Travaglianti

    Jacqueline … I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, and know the heartache you bear. Your memories, such as with these cookies, will live in your heart forever … may that bring you much joy.

    I am thinking of all of you through this holiday season … wishing you God’s peace.

    December 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

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