Polar Bear Pawprint Snowball Cookies

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

These fun Polar Bear Pawprint Snowball Cookies are made up of melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies that are lightly flavored with a hint of peppermint, then dipped in a creamy, white chocolate, coated with coconut & decorated with chocolate chips.  Perfect for holidays, winter themed parties, birthday parties, and snow days.

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Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookie

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.
I’ve made these Snowball Cookies what seems like a million times.  First to make the adjustments needed to get them to taste the way I had envisioned them in my chaotically cluttered mind. Then with every intention of photographing them next to the cutest, most cuddly of sugar cookie polar bears.

I wanted to share them with you before the holidays, but time seemed to flit into oblivion faster than I could fire up my camera.  And since I felt a bit silly posting a traditional holiday cookie onto this little space after the fact, I abandoned every molecule of school girl giddiness I had pent up inside me at the mere thought of  bringing these playful cookies to you.

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.
Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.
Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

That is until one morning last week.

I woke up to a furry of frozen rain droplets blanketing the vast sea of concrete outside my window.  The hamster wheel started churning inside my head and I thought, “Eureka!  Snow day!”  

Why should these beauties live a sheltered life, only making their much anticipated appearance solely during the holidays?  They deserve to shine every day that your taste buds scream for a buttery melt-in-your mouth cookie, but especially on snow days where all you want to do is cozy on up to a warm and fuzzy blanket and soothe the soul with a cascade of edible treats.

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

So I grabbed the butter out of the fridge, allowing it to hang out for a bit at room temperature, chopped whatever nuts I had in the house, and dragged my heavy Kitchen-aid mixer across the cold granite countertops and made yet another batch of these beauties.  And boy was I glad I did, because they are far too cute to keep neatly tucked away until the next season of good tidings.

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.
Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

As I was rolling the nutty dough into balls, I couldn’t help but recall those cold, wintery days growing up a few blocks away from Lake Erie.   Winters could be harsh there and lake effect snow regularly enveloped the city in a cloak of fluffy white powder.

There was ice skating at the park two blocks away.  And giant mugs of hot cocoa to warm the soul after a vigorous afternoon of shoveling pile after pile of snow.  Of course, a winter would not go by without a stoic snowman being built in the front yard so that it could wave to all passerbys.

But it is kind of funny that the memories that stick with you the most are those that often seemed a bit tramatic when they ensued.

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

I was quite the popular girl back in the day, capturing the adoration of what seemed like every little third grade boy in my class.  And while today I think it would be incredibly flattering to have the power to cast your intoxicating spell on all those around you, this was back in the day when boys had cooties and this adoration was an unwanted gesture.

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

Of course, mom saw it differently.  So when these gangs of little cootie infested rug rats would come ambling up the front porch and brusquely knock on the front door, mom thought good manners dictated that I hike my fuzzy rimmed boots up and bundle up in my down filled jacket and woolen hat, scarf and mittens and play cordial host to said cootie infested rug rats.

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.
Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

As I mentioned earlier, these were third grade boys.  So they did not come with flowers and boxes of chocolates in tow in an attempt to win me over.    Oh no. . . such acts of  courtship were not part of their “dating” repertoire yet.  Instead, they showed their affections in a far more appropriate manner. . .well at least in the eyes of a third grade boy. . .by pelting the object of their desire with a rapid succession of ice encrusted snow balls.  I tried to escape the assault.  But no matter what I did, snowball after snowball chased my every move.

Needless to say, I did not find their flirtatious advances charming and I ran back into the house.  Perhaps if those third grade boys would have pelted me with these pepperminty snowball cookies, the outcome would have been far different.

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

These Polar Bear Pawprint Snowball Cookies, start with one of my all time favorite holiday cookies, Snowball Cookies.

It’s a heavenly buttery cookie that practically melts in your mouth.  I added walnuts or pistachios, depending on the batch, to my Snowball Cookies to give them a nice, nutty taste. I also like to toast my nuts to really bring out their flavor. . . but you can skip this step if you so chose.

I then rolled the baked cookies in a dusting of confectioners sugar.  If you are going to make the polar bear paw prints, I suggest only rolling the bottom half of the cookie in confectioners sugar as it will make it more difficult to get the white chocolate to adhere to the cookie.  The Snowball Cookies are then dipped in a creamy white chocolate which will act as the “glue” to hold onto the chocolate chips & coconut. Dark chocolate chips are used in a very artistic fashion (you Picasso, you) to make the cutest little, edible paw prints you ever did see.  For the final touch, I sprinkled some unsweetened coconut on these Snowball Cookies so that it would resemble the fur of the most cuddle of polar bears (Warning:  polar bears are not that cuddly.  You put your life into risk if you do choose to cuddle with a polar bear).

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties. Click for RECIPE.

And that’s it.  I think these Polar Bear Pawprint Snowball Cookies are the perfect little treat for parties and would make a fun, little project for the kiddos on snow days.

XOXO – Lynn

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Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days and birthday parties.
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Polar Bear Snowball Cookies
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 30 mins
 
These fun Polar Bear Pawprint Snowball Cookies are made up of melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies that are lightly flavored with a hint of peppermint, then dipped in a creamy, white chocolate, coated with coconut & decorated with chocolate chips. Perfect for holidays, winter themed parties, birthday parties, and snow days.  
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 cookies
BUILDING BLOCKS
  • 2 cups nuts, toasted (e.g. walnuts or pistachios)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, + 1-2 cups for dusting
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 10 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 40 large chocolate chips
  • 200 mini chocolate chips
THE COURSE
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  2. Bake nuts for about 10 minutes or until fragrant & toasted.  Allow to cool completely.

  3. Pulse in a food processor until finely ground into a coarse meal.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, mix ground nuts, flour, & salt until combined.
  5. Beat the softened butter on low in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until softened.
  6. Stop the mixer & scrape the butter off the paddle attachment & sides of the bowl.
  7. Add the confectioners sugar. Beat on low until light & fluffy.
  8. Scrape down the paddle attachment & sides of the bowl, then add the vanilla & peppermint extract & mix on low until just combined.
  9. Stop the mixer & add the flour in three separate increments, mixing on low just until combined. Be sure to scrape down the paddle attachment & sides of the bowl in between each addition.
  10. Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball & place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Space balls 2 inches apart.
  11. Bake for about 15 minutes until the balls are set & have golden bottoms.
  12. Allow to cool on tray for about 3 - 5 minutes.
  13. While still warm, roll the cookies in powdered sugar. Note: If you want to make the polar bear paw prints, I recommend that you only coat the bottom in powdered sugar as it will make it difficult to get the chocolate to adhere to the cookie.

  14. Allow the cookie to cool completely.
  15. Meanwhile, if desired, cut the pointed tops off of the chocolate chips. Alternatively, you could apply the chocolate chips with the pointed tops facing up.

  16. To melt the white chocolate in the microwave: Place the chocolate in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring vigorously in between. For small amounts, I found I only needed to microwave 2-3 times. You will want to take care not to overcook as white chocolate is notoriously easily to burn. Note: If you are making these by yourself, I recommend melting the chocolate in small increments (enough to coat 5-6 cookies). I found the chocolate was setting too fast if I did tried to make more than 5-6 at a time.

    To melt the white chocolate using bain marie: Place a wide skillet with about one inch of water on a burner. Place your chocolate in a heatproof bowl, and set the bowl directly in the water. Bring the water to a simmer, then turn off the stove and let the chocolate sit until it is melted.

  17. Dip the tops of the cookies into the white chocolate. Use a knife to spread it out evenly.
  18. Continuing to work on the top of the cookie, arranged the chocolate chips to resemble an animal paw print by placing 1 large chocolate chip on the bottom half of the circle and 4 mini chocolate chips on the top half.

  19. Sprinkle coconut on top taking care to not completely cover the chocolate chips.
  20. Allow the cookies to sit until the chocolate is set.

  21. Store the cookies in an airtight container.

Note:  I used THESE large chocolate chips and THESE mini chocolate chips.

Polar Bear Paw Snowball Cookies - these light melt-in-your mouth nutty, buttery cookies are dipped in a decadent white chocolate & coated with a sprinkling of coconut & chocolate chips for a fun, playful look. They're not only perfect for the holidays but equally fun for snow days Christmas in July & birthday parties.

49 thoughts on “Polar Bear Pawprint Snowball Cookies

  • January 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm
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    Your cookies are really cute (and so good, for sure!) I’ve just discovered your blog and I really like it. Your photos are amazing! I’ve just started to follow you on Facebook too, as I can’t wait to see more of your food!

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    • January 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm
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      Awww. . .thank you so much. You sure know how to make a girl blush.☺️ I’m glad you like the blog. Look for more fun content in the year to come (and hopefully a re-design soon).

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    • January 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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      Awww. . .I’m glad you found me amongst all the chaos on the worldwide web. And many thanks on the compliments. Baking is a creative outlet for me so I’m always striving to create something interesting. Hope to see you more on this little space.

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  • January 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm
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    What beautiful photos! And these cookies sound so delicious – I love the combination of chocolate and coconut. I’m bookmarking these for our next childrens’ party!

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  • January 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm
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    Those are cute for little hands to help you with. Love the combination of coconut and chocolate. Your pictures are beautiful.

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    • January 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm
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      I couldn’t agree with you more Gloria. The perfect, little project for the kiddos. I wish I had a few helpers myself. . .but the kitties just wouldn’t cooperate. 😉

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  • January 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm
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    I bet you my kids will love these! My youngest will say: “These are paw patrol’s snow feet”. Wish it would snow over here! Warming up with hot chocolate ande these snowball cookies would be awesome!

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    • January 20, 2017 at 4:22 pm
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      Ha! Ha! That’s so cute. I think these could be a mighty fine replacement to snow. 🙃

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  • January 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm
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    I’m totally sold on this cookie and I’m trying it within the week. Its also a nice piece of artwork!

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    • January 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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      Awww thanks Fred. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. You’ll have to let me know how they come out.

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    • January 21, 2017 at 7:52 am
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      Why thank you. Our aim at The Road to Honey is to get all our friends taste buds dancing. 😉

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    • January 21, 2017 at 7:53 am
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      They’re definitely a fun project for tiny hands. I wish I would have had a couple of kiddos around to help me.

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    • January 21, 2017 at 7:55 am
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      You can never go wrong with a snowball cookie. And honestly. . .I don’t know why they are primarily reserved for the holidays. Let’s change that, shall we? 😉

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  • January 21, 2017 at 2:11 am
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    These are adorable!! Your photos are stunning!

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    • January 21, 2017 at 7:55 am
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      Awww thanks! My goal is to continue to develop my photography and styling. I still have a long way to go. . .but have also come a long way as well.

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  • January 21, 2017 at 2:15 am
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    What cute little cookies! My two children would love them and I think it would be fun to decorate them together too, although they would probably turn out a complete mess!

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    • January 21, 2017 at 7:56 am
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      I think your cookies would be far more endearing Corina. Messy definitely gives them a personal touch. 😉

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  • January 21, 2017 at 7:25 am
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    These are just too cute. Too cute to eat? I think not. I would gladly eat them all.

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    • January 21, 2017 at 7:57 am
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      Fortunately, the recipe makes a large batch. . .so you could eat some and admire the others Tanya. 😉

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    • January 22, 2017 at 10:08 am
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      You should have seen it 2 years ago Sarah. We had so much snow that they had to truck it away in dump trucks, treat it and then dump it into the sea. They just ran out of places to put it and the streets were impassable as it is!!! So far the winter has been fairly mild and the two times we did get snow. . .it had already melted the next day. But I’ll take these snowballs over the real thing any day.

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  • January 21, 2017 at 9:09 am
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    Oh my god these are so cute! My grand daughter would love them!

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    • January 22, 2017 at 10:09 am
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      Awww thanks Chef Mimi. They were a lot of fun to make (not so much fun to photograph though. . .I couldn’t get them to photograph the way I was envisioning in my head).

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  • January 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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    Oh, those are absolutely adorable!! My girls would love to make them some time so I pinned them for later. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • January 22, 2017 at 10:12 am
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      I could have used those tiny hands to help me Margot. I resorted to a toothpick to help me move the mini chocolate chips to where I wanted them. I bet tiny hands would have no problems with this. 😉

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    • January 22, 2017 at 10:12 am
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      Awww thanks Derek. I’m working on improving my styling. I tend to have an eye for design. . .but styling for the camera is a whole new world for me.

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  • January 22, 2017 at 1:56 pm
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    I can’t get over how cute these polar bear paws are!! I’m watching Fractured Goods live on IG right now and I told him that you have his spoons on this post. 😘

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    • January 23, 2017 at 9:09 am
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      Ha! Ha! It’s a bit of an addiction Stephanie. I just ordered another spoon and a brass bowl. 😳

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    • January 23, 2017 at 9:10 am
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      Happy to hear you liked them Winona. Snap a couple photos of the outcome. I would love to see the little works of art your kiddos create.

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  • January 23, 2017 at 8:50 am
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    These are such tasty cookies and I think making these with the wee ones would be so much fun. Your photography is also amazing

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    • January 23, 2017 at 9:12 am
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      Many thanks for the compliments Eileen. I’ve got some construction going on outside my place which is making photo taking complicated. . . to say the least.

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  • January 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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    I love your attitude that a snow day is cause for celebration and THESE cookies. Truly stunning and mouthwatering!

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    • January 24, 2017 at 2:37 pm
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      And guess what Lynne. . .we had snow today!!!! Unfortunately for me the hubby has the car and I am out of butter & flour. And with these hurricane force winds we are having. . .it looks like all I can do is hunker down.

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  • January 23, 2017 at 10:35 pm
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    Oh my goodness Lynn! These are totally adorable! They sound absolutely delicious too! I love the nutty, buttery cookie base. I’ll need to try these with my niece Erin. She’ll love them! Thanks for sharing and hope your New Year is off to a great start! XO

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    • January 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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      Awww. . .many thanks for your compliments Mary Ann. I hope Erin has as much fun with these as I did. As for the new year. . .well it seems that drama wants to follow me wherever I go. But it’s these little challenges that make us stronger (and keep us from getting bored. . .I suppose). More on this in a future post. 😳

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