Snowball Cookies

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Every holiday season, my mom bakes her amazing “Snowball” cookies. They are so simple, yet so delicious. Since I won’t be home for Christmas this year, she had all of my favorite Christmas cookies ready for me when I came home last weekend. It wouldn’t feel like the most wonderful time of year without these seasonal sweets! I wanted to spread the Christmas cheer, so below is the recipe for these festive cookies. They also make great gifts, especially when served on a festive plate.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (sometimes less, add slowly to see how dough is coming together)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cups chopped nuts (optional)
  • Small bowl of sifted powdered sugar for coating the cookies

Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients (except the powdered sugar for coating) until dough forms. Roll into balls and place onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. While warm, roll balls in the bowl of sifted powdered sugar and then repeat when they are a little cooler since the first coat will most likely dissolve. Enjoy, but leave some for Santa :)

Happy Holidays! 

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Holiday Gift Idea: DIY Coasters

20131127-224844.jpgChristmas shopping for the coffee drinkers in your life? They will love this personalized, yet inexpensive gift. While looking for a birthday present to give my sister, I came across this monogrammed, chevron mug at Target and knew she would love it. Thus began my coffee themed present! She’s a huge Starbucks fan, so I couldn’t pass up the mini red cup gift cards they have this season. I also wanted to add a personalized touch and had previously made some Instagram coasters that turned out well, so I decided to make some with her favorite photos. The coasters were by far her favorite part of the present! Below is how I made them.

Supplies:

  • Printed 4″ x 4″ Instagram photos (You can order them straight from your phone at Walgreens)
  • 4.25″ x 4.25″ tiles (found at Home Depot for 11 cents each)
  • Mod Podge (I used the outdoor version)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Clear Acrylic spray
  • Small, round felt pads

How to:

  1. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile and stick on the photo. Make sure there are not any air bubbles that form underneath it. Sometimes it helps to run a credit card or similar flat edge over it to make sure. Let dry for a couple of minutes.
  2. Next, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo. The brush marks should go in the same direction (i.e., either vertical or horizontal). Let dry.
  3. Paint another coat over the photo in the opposite direction. Let dry.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 one more time.
  5. Once the Mod Podge has dried, spray coaster with a light layer of Clear Acrylic spray. Add 2 more coats, drying in between.
  6. Stick a felt pad in each of the 4 corners.