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Ginger-Macadamia Nut Snowballs

 Ginger-Macadamia Nut Snowballs
You’ll go nuts over these ginger-spiced cookies, made with love and coated with sweet confectioners’ sugar to look like snow. —Jenny Humphries, Ocean View, Hawaii
66 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup plus 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup chopped crystallized ginger

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar until
  • blended. Beat in lemon peel and lemon extract. Gradually beat flour
  • into creamed mixture. Stir in macadamia nuts and ginger. Refrigerate
  • for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on parchment
  • paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or
  • until lightly browned.
  • Roll warm cookies in remaining confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire
  • racks. When cooled, roll cookies again in confectioners' sugar.
  • Yield: about 5 dozen.