Probably the last Christmas cookie I'm going to make this year are Martha Stewart's Hawaiian Snowballs. These yummy little treats are basically little sugar cookie balls filled with macadamia nuts and pineapple dusted with powdered sugar. Perfect if you're dreaming about spending Christmas someplace warm but you're stuck in the rain or snow.
This recipe is super simple, but the dough does need to be chilled so make these ahead if you need to. The pineapple wasn't exactly finely chopped, it was actually pretty annoying since it kept getting stuck to the knife. Next time I'll give it a try in my food processor. My snowballs ended up a little malformed so I would probably spend a bit more time rolling them next time. Also, keep in mind this recipe makes a boat load of cookies so if you're not planning on serving them for a party or giving them away I would half the recipe. I got this recipe out of Martha's Holiday Cookie Magazine, it was definitely worth the $6!
(Makes about 8 dozen)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups salted, roasted macadamia nuts, finely chopped
1 1/3 cups finely chopped dried pineapple
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, for dusting
1. Beat butter and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on med-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce speed to med, and add egg, vanilla, and salt. Mix until combined. Reduce speed to low and add flour in 2 batches, mixing until just incorporated. Mix in nuts and dried pineapple. Flatten dough into a disk and wrap in plastic. Chill 2 hours or up to 1 day.
2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, place on parchment lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through until edges are barely golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Dust evenly with confectioner's sugar and dust again just before serving. Cookies can be stored in airtight container at room temp for up to 5 days.