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Snowball Cookies

I love these little snowball cookies! They’re so satisfying in a very innocent, childish way– no complicated flavors, just the sweet cloud of powdered sugar surrounding a melting shortbread cookie.  This type of cookie goes under many names and almost everyone at one time or another has had one, but I keep mine very simple– using a little cinnamon as the only flavoring.

December is the time for cookies– the oven warms up the house and the tender fragrances coming from the kitchen fill the air with sweetness and spice. In fact, I’ve had such a constant parade of cookies passing through my kitchen that yesterday I made a decree that no more cookies would I make this week. That did not last long and here we are.

This recipe for snowball cookies is about as simple as you can get for them– no nuts, no vanilla, no baking soda/powder. This cookie seems destined for the kind of day when you’re stuck home doing a million odds and ends– the dough comes glamorously and smoothly together in a few minutes before a quick turn in the oven. After that, they cool for a few minutes before a toss in sugar. They stay out a little longer ’til they’re completely cool before a final roll in sugar. Everything except the time for baking is malleable– they simply just need to sit and cool on a rack for a little while you putter away at your chores.

Snowball Cookies

It’s as easy to double the batch as it is to make one batch, if you need to supply a lot of them— plus you have the satisfaction of using an impressive pound of butter! To make your life easy, make sure the butter is truly room temperature. Either remember to leave it out (I never do) or let the sticks of butter sit on top of the oven while it is preheating for a few minutes– the ambient heat will quickly soften it.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • To finish: 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325. blend the 1/2 cup powdered sugar and softened butter together the bowl of a food processor, stand mixer, or in a regular bowl with an electric hand-mixer. Add in the flour, salt, and cinnamon and carefully combine (so flour doesn’t get everywhere!).Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roll out this luxuriously smooth dough into about 36 balls about the size of a small walnut. You should be able to fit all these on one baking sheet (another huge benefit of this simple recipe!)– they don’t spread out as much as normal cookies do, so you only need about an inch around them.

Bake in the oven for 11-14 minutes, check after 11 minutes (more information at WannaPasta.Com). They should be light honey-colored on the bottom, but no darker. Remove them to a cooling rack and let them rest for about 5 minutes. While they are still slightly warm, put them into a large bowl and sprinkle over 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Use a rubber spatula to gently turn them over. The sugar will absorb and form a sort of light crust on the exterior– this is what we want. Shake away the excess sugar and remove them to a cooling rack where you’ll let them rest until they are completely cool. You could wait anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour or more.

Take a bath, take a shower, read a book, make some sauce– anything you’d like!When they are cool put them all back into the bowl (they’ll be a little harder now) and sprinkle over the remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Use the spatula or shake them around until they are fully rolled and rather resemble snowballs. Place them in a tight container until ready to devour!

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7 Ways to Get into a New Culture When you Travel

The best trips I have made in my life are where I learned a lot from the place where I met people and above all, where could escape the traditional tourist circuit and mingle a bit with the locals. Back from a trip saying they know much a site is fine, but try to soak up its culture, absorbing everything we can we will have a much richer experience and will be an act of respect to the country or city where we’re going. But how do you achieve that? Following are some tips that my work for me Learn something before traveling

Find travel videos in Youtube, visit blogs or read the guide that we have purchased is a good choice to start. When we get into the plane we can start thinking about all that we have learned and we can feel our head opens many more experiences.Get lost in streets away from the center.

 

7 ways to get into a new culture when you travel

It has happened (I think more than one of us has happened to us) when we go to stop viewing the city after three or four days, we feel we have walked the same street hundreds of times. One way to avoid this is to go to some place out of center (with something interesting to do) and walk through its streets. No matter whether or not the place is touristy, it is essential that this is a faithful to the daily life of the city site.Go to a festival

When some years ago I was in Belgium I am 1 May I have seen how people came out to celebrate Labor Day in other countries do when their soccer team wins the championship. There was a band that entered the beer bars and asked to keep playing; I followed and I had fun with them. From that moment if I can go to a festival or celebration typical to learn something I do not let the opportunity pass.Learn a little of their language

This is something that interests me more and more. Even if you know Spanish, English and can defend a little French, having learned basic words like “hello” goodbye, “” thank you “we will facilitate a lot. For me the minimum limit of words or phrases is ten and if I go home remembering two of them I feel fulfilled.Eat your food

Not talking about the typical and classic food that every traveler should try because it is what dictates the standard of travel, but the local food, working if possible and without frills. That bring us much closer to the local culture.Stay in a neighborhood

7 ways to get into a new culture when you travel

I already know it; the location is the best of all that and the Internet) because we save money and time on transport. But if we found one accommodation in a neighborhood also we find a supermarket in the same place, a cafe to eat something typical morning or an area from which we had never heard before.Talk to people

If you put face serious and few friends stay away, but if you ask them to do smile a photo, ask for a site that interests you or simply tell him what you think of the city.