Noël Balls -Magical balls of melt in your mouth shortbread cookie surrounded by powdered sugar snow. Messy, but oh-so-delicious!
The Cover to Cover Challenge
Recently I started going through some older posts of mine and I found the Celery Salad with Dates, Almonds, and Parmesan post that I wrote as part of the ‘Cover to Cover’ blog event hosted by The Bitten Word. Myself, and many other participants made every single recipe from the September 2013 Bon Appétit issue and reported our adventures back to Clay and Zach. My family certainly aren’t big fans of celery. I can honestly say we stepped out of our ‘box’ and actually enjoyed the salad.
Cover to Cover Noel Edition
I was just beginning to wonder if the lads were going to host another ‘Cover to Cover’ event. So I decided to check their blog and BINGO! They were asking for participants to cook 25 different holiday cookie recipes from six different magazines. This included the December 2014 issue of Food & Wine magazine. I responded right away without even though I still had some much to do before Christmas. Over the next couple of days I thought maybe I had spread myself too thin. What if the cookie I was assigned wasn’t ‘a keeper’ on our Christmas goodie tray? Would I have wasted precious baking time for nothing?
Noël Balls: My 2014 Cover to Cover Assignment
Assignments were emailed out and upon first glance of the Noël Balls recipe I was not really excited. The funny thing was that they also contained dates, just like the celery salad. The recipe also appeared to contain an excessive amount of icing sugar. With the dates and sugar involved I was expecting the cookies to be intolerably sweet.
Well I’m pleased to say I was wrong on all accounts. These cookies have a great buttery sweet flavour and superb texture. I was super impressed with how they turned out. They will surely be a big hit on our holiday goodie platter.
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