First Snow Cookies

First Snow Cookies
There’s nothing more magical than enjoying the very first snow of a winter season. There’s a crispness to the air that’s unlike anything else. These homemade cookies embody the spirit of that first snow with a light dusting of confectioners’ sugar on top for a touch of sweetness.
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Prep Time: 10–15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10–12 minutes


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cake flour
  • 1½ cups finely ground almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Add the salt, almond extract, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, cake flour, and ground almonds and mix well. If the dough is too soft to handle, chill it for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool.
  5. Put a few tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar in a bowl and roll the cookies in the sugar until fully coated. Place on a plate and serve.
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