I have a confession to make. I don’t really like the winter. Yeah – I know. I probably live in the wrong state – Utah – considering we have such a long winter. I love the state, but the winter gets old pretty darn fast.
But I also have to admit that I love the first part of the winter – the first big snowstorm, cuddling by the fire with a mug of hot cocoa, watching the snow fall outside. And of course, getting out to play in the snow with the kids is always fun!!
These cookies are perfect for any holiday cookie exchange. Not only do they look like the perfect little snowballs, but they taste amazing, too. I love the little cherry surprise waiting in the middle!! Plus, I love that they are a little bit different than the normal cookie, so they are sure to stand out on that cookie plate!!
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon coconut extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
36 maraschino cherries, drained
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 cups sweetened coconut, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, water and coconut extract. In another bowl, mix together the flour, oats and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture and mix just until combined.
Using a tablespoon of dough at a time, roll into a ball, then flatten. Place a cherry in the center, then wrap the cookie dough around the cherry. Roll into a ball with the cherry completely covered. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Once all the cookies are rolled, bake until light golden brown, 17-19 minutes. Let cool completely.
Once cooled, mix together the 2 cups powdered sugar and the milk. (Add more milk if needed – you want a dipping consistency.) Completely dip each cookie into the mixture, then roll in the chopped coconut. Allow to dry completely before serving.