On the same trip to the grocery store where I found the baking bits I used to make Butterfinger Baking Bits Brownies, I also found Nestle Buncha Crunch Baking Chips. They were on sale, they sounded fun, I was sure I’d find a good use for them. I like to try several mew items for the Christmas dessert buffet every year. I hadn’t stepped outside of the box yet this year. Or the bag, actually!
The first recipe I found got the chance to jump onto the buffet treats list. They were like those cookies people call Mexican Wedding Cakes or Hawaiian Wedding Cakes or whatever. My mother often made them for the holidays but they were never my favorites. They were just so.. bland to me. And I invariably inhaled powder sugar into my lungs while eating them and was annoyed.
But I thought the addition of the baking bits would make those cough-y cookies actually interesting. I used an electric mixer to beat the butter, powdered sugar and salt together. Next I beat in the vanilla and slowly added the flour. I stirred in the baking bits and was ready to roll!
I used my large cookie scoop and made balls and rolled them in my hands to make them smooth. I set them onto ungreased sheet pans and baked them for 10 minutes, until they were barely turning brown around the bottoms.
I let the cookies cool on the pans until they were firmed up enough to transfer to racks. When they were fully cooled I rolled them each in powdered sugar and placed them in an airtight storage container.
They were delicious, and I was correct on the baking bits making the cookies more interesting. Rather than go with the confusing wedding cakes name, I followed the recipe I found and called them Snowball Cookies. They melted in your mouth like a snowball, it seemed appropriate!
Nestlé Buncha Crunch Baking Bits Snowball Cookies
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter; softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
8 oz bag NESTLÉ Buncha Crunch Baking Bits
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375° F.
In a large bowl beat butter, powdered sugar and salt until creamy. Beat in vanilla extract; gradually beat in flour. Stir in NESTLÉ Buncha Crunch Baking Bits.
Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until barely beginning to turn brown on the bottoms.
Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Roll cookies in powdered sugar to coat. Store in airtight containers.
Yield: 4 dozen cookies
Adapted from Very Best Baking