Perhaps you’re celebrating the lack of snow, or maybe you’re dreading the thought of a grassy holiday landscape.
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas and wondering if it will come in 2016, you can always make a cheery holiday by baking up some aptly named Snowball Clippers (and maybe popping in White Christmas wouldn’t hurt, either).
These little coconut cookies have flavors reminiscent of a Mounds bar—and they’re chock-full of mini chocolate chips. They’re easy to put together and genuinely fun to make, especially when dipping the bottoms of the baked cookies into melted chocolate and then pressing them onto a wax-paper-lined cookie sheet. And whether you’re making larger, golf-ball sized cookies like the ones I baked, or you’re following the original recipe (which calls for cookies to be just ¾ inch in diameter—a truly mini holiday treat!), you’ll find that these snowball clippers are tasty and pretty. They don’t spread very much in the oven, meaning that if you’re cramped for space (and time) this holiday season, you’ll probably have just enough room to squeeze a few extra cookies onto the sheet before sliding them into the oven. They’re also easily stacked on top of one another (they really do look like a pile of mini snowballs), making for an elegant addition to the dessert table at your family’s holiday celebration.
I first heard about these cookies while preparing for my family’s Christmas festivities up in Minnesota. My parents’ next-door neighbor had won the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s annual holiday cookie contest, and this cookie recipe—Snowball Clippers—was one of the other finalists. My family marveled over the front page of the Tribune’s Taste section, which featured a story about our neighbor and a photo of her cookies in the center of the page. We never did get around to making her recipe, but we did discover these coconut beauties, and they quickly became a favorite on our holiday table. Often, when we make them, they’re the first type of cookie to disappear from the cookie plate.
So, from the land of ice and snow (you know, that state to the north of Iowa) comes a cookie recipe worthy of appearing on your holiday dinner table. Or perhaps you’ll place some Snowball Clippers on Santa’s cookie plate, to remind him of the wintery North Pole if Iowa’s Christmas Eve proves to be on the un-snowy side.