Sunday, May 1, 2011
Do You Like Things Round?
My good friend and roommate is getting marry this summer! I am so happy for her and really want to make her something for the wedding.
I had volunteered to make her wedding favours and she gladly accepted the offer! I proposed a few options to her and we had decided to make her snow ball cookies. "I like things round," she said.
These little round things might not look like snow balls, but the name actually describes the texture of the cookie. To be more descriptive, these resembles short bread, but have a looser texture. These delicate goodies disintegrate in your mouth and it's not too sweet. You can make the cookie dough ahead of time and bake as much as you need, although they are so good that they will disappear from your cookie jar in no time.
These are the 4 flavours I prepared for sampling: chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio and coconut. I have based my recipe from this chinese blog, and polished the recipe a bit to enhance the flavour and texture.
I am only putting one basic recipe here. Depending on the weather, your ingredients and your taste preference I encourage you to fiddle with the recipe to suit your liking. Happy baking!
Chocolate Snowball Cookies
(Makes 14 cookies)
45g butter, room temperature
a pinch of salt
15g icing sugar
25g ground almonds
45g cake flour
10g cocoa powder
1. Mix butter, salt, icing sugar, ground almonds and cocoa powder together.
2. Sieve the flour and add to the mixture. Mix until just incorporated.
3. Roll into a log and rest it in the fridge overnight to firm up the butter.
4. Divide the dough into 10g portions and roll into little spheres. Line them up on a silpat/parchment paper tray and put it back in the fridge while you preheat the oven to 325F/170C.
5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The cookies should feel a little bit of give when they are ready, but strong enough to hold the shape.
6. While they are still hot, sieve a light coating of icing sugar on top. Cool down and sieve another coating.