Ria's Collection: Snow balls - Our family favourite biscuit

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Snow balls - Our family favourite biscuit


Guess I have been posting very easy recipes for quite sometime...Here's another one! :P This is a one bowl recipe of Amma. It is always featured in her cookery classes and her customer swears by it! :) Very crunchy, mildly sweet ( i know! it looks otherwise! :P ) and cute looking! :D
These are a regular at Ann's bakery all across South Kerala and they are very famous for these biscuits! :) I love their white halwa too... love the crust! :)
All you need to do if follow the recipe to the T and be ready for the exceptional results! :)
Out of the oven
This goes straight into my ' collections ' list!I must admit my diary is bulging now...too many to hold! :P

Snowballs
Recipe from my mom

Ingredients
Maida/All purpose flour -2 1/2 cups
Salt -1/2 tsp
Margarine-150 g
Powdered sugar-1/2 cup
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts -3/4 cup broken into tiny bits

For coating:
Icing sugar- 2 cups

Method:
Mix all the ingredients together and form small lime sized balls.
Bake in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees for 12-15 mins or until pale brown.

For coating:
Roll the baked biscuits in icing sugar and store in airtight tins.

Try this at home and serve it for your guests and I can assure you they will ask you the recipe for it! You will be in demand!! :) These biscuits are a winner everywhere! Dunno how many thousand's Amma must have made ! :)








23 Comments:

The Purple Foodie said...

I love how adorable they look. Dunking anything in icing sugar is always a good thing!

Divya Kudua said...

Yummy biscuits Ria...I make a similar one,I love the icing sugar dinked biscuits,I lose count of how many I have when I make those..;)

Parita said...

Perfect bisuits dear, they look so cute and adorable!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

They sound simple and absolutely delicious too! :)

Zaara said...

They look lovely - simple recipe too - I will definitely give these a try! ann's is my number one destination during our short trips to india/KTM - I favor it more than jayalakshmi or Seematti!!!! LOL - are these similar to nankhatai?

PheMom said...

I have had a cookie that seems similar to this one before but I don't think it used cashews. We love cashews and your cookies look soooo good!

Sanghi said...

simply superb ria! Delicious looks perfect!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I also love those biscuits! Yours look really good!

Cheers,

Rosa

Zaara said...

Hi ria - guess what I tried them!!I need an award for most-fastest-trial-after-you-blogged-about-it!!! I have a silly question, I was surprised that therew as no "wet" ingredients - do you oil your hands or wet your hands when forming the cookies? I had a tough time because the dough was crumbly, so I ended up squeezing the balls so tight to get them to hold shape. They came out a little hard as a result =(. I'm sure my technique has something to do with it. Nway - nice, simple little cookies to make - 25 minutes tops!!!Thanks for sharing!

Zaara said...

Thanks for your response Ria - I think I've figured out my mistake, I used cold margarine, straight out of the fridge. So it crumbled with the flour (like pastry dough) rather than becoming a cookie-like dough. Oh well - first time for everything!! Next time I'll try it with almonds and almond essence!!!

mathew said...

jeez..it has been ages since i have eaten one of those..used to be a huge favourite as a kid...would steal it from the kitchen and gobble it..but the white powder would stick to the face and used to get caught red handed or rather white handed!!;-D

mathew said...

jeez..it has been ages since i have eaten one of those..used to be a huge favourite as a kid...would steal it from the kitchen and gobble it..but the white powder would stick to the face and used to get caught red handed or rather white handed!!;-D

Pavithra said...

Oh wow this is my fav too.. really melts in ur mouth ..yummm

Sapthanaa Balachander (Alias) Abilashini said...

hey ria.. i have stolen ur recipe will try this weekend and post them with a link back to u.. u reallyh ave good stuffs ya!!!!!!

Mitzi said...

Hi,
I just tried this recipe and even though I used room temperature butter. I couldn't get the cookies to hold their shape and had to squeeze them really hard. As a result of which, the effect was not the "melt-in-your-mouth" result that I was expecting. Can you let me know what I should have done differently.
My experience was similar to Zaara's.

Thanks.

Mitzi said...

Hi Ria,

I forgot to check the email id off. If you have any advise for me my email id is now available.

Thanks

Dilis George said...

HI Ria,

I have tried this y'day. It has come out well.. Thanks.

regards,
Dilis

Renju said...

heyyy ria..i am a total admirer of your blog n ur recipes...infact i started having this passion for cooking seeing your enthu and effort.. must tell Ria...its such a great feeling.. thanks a ton 2 u gal...three hip-hip hurray 2 u.. :):)
well, i triedd this yesterday an it was such a mind-blowing effort..
Luv
Renjini

Ria Mathew said...

Mitzi- I know I'm super duper late in replying, Sorry!

Add a bit more or margarine/butter to the dough. This dough is very accomodating, you can add in whenever you want.

Dilis chechy- Thank you :)

Renju- Thanks SO much :D I'm blushing now :D

maddy said...

hello Ria,
I would like to try my hands on these biscuits but dont have margarine at hand. Can I substitute it with butter? Please suggest.Your blog is always very colorful and well laid out.

Thanks,
Madhu

Ria Mathew said...

Maddy, sure go ahead!! :)

Tastyveedu said...

Hey, tried this out and turnd out to be exactly like those bakery bought ones,made them for those occasional guests who pop in but i guess that was a bad idea because half of it has already been gobbled up by us.
Will be posting them up on my blog sooon!!!

Ann J Paikada said...

Hi,
I'm a big fan of Ann's snowballs. Felt happy to see the snowball recipe in your blog. Tried them out with same amount of butter instead of margarine, i bet they came out exactly the same taste i loved...Thank you so much for the recipe.

Regards,
Ann

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