From the kitchen of Stephanie Knewasser.  Snowballs, also
called Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes,
feature a
shortbread like dough, chopped nuts, and a confectioner
sugar coating.  
I really like this recipe from a 1999 issue of
Taste of Home
that uses toasted almonds and nutmeg.
Cream:
1 c butter, no substitutes
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Gradually add:
2 c flour
Mix well.

Stir in:
3/4 c ground almonds, toasted (3 oz)*

Shape into 1 inch balls.
Put on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake @ 300, 18-20 min or until bottoms are golden.
Cool completely.

Combine:
1/2 c confectioner sugar
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Gently roll cookies in sugar mix.

Makes 41 cookies.
Snowball Cookies
Comments:
If you're making these in advance, the dough freezes
well.  Don't roll in sugar until you're ready to serve.
-Stephanie Knewasser
"Santa, was there ever a time when you were
sick and Mrs.Claus had to take your place?"
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