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Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies Recipe

Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies – Melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, and perfectly spiced Snowdrop Cookies. A perfect addition to your Holiday platter!

Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies - Melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, and perfectly spiced Snowdrop Cookies. A perfect addition to your Holiday platter!

Chai Spiced Snow Drop Cookies are also known as, Russian Tea Cakes, Italian Wedding Cookies, Snowball Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cookies, and finally, in my neck of the woods, they’re called Vanilici (vah-nee-lee-tsee).

Any other names for these cookies that I am forgetting?

How rude of me, I forgot to say HELLO! Please take a seat and chill with me for a while. Today is my Name Day and I am celebrating with these amazing Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies from my dear friend and cookbook author, Jennifer Farley!

Are you wondering about what a Name Day is?

Well, good, ’cause I’m happy to tell you! 🙂 Followers of the [Macedonian] Orthodox Faith (many others, too) who are named after a Saint, celebrate said Saint’s Feast Day on the day of that Saint’s passing. I was named after St. Katherine the Martyr, and according to the Julian Calendar, today is our day! 🙂 In just a few hours, I will be hosting a dinner party at my house with over 40 people, eating and drinking the night away. I feel SO blessed!

Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies - Melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, and perfectly spiced Snowdrop Cookies. A perfect addition to your Holiday platter!

I am most excited about serving these gorgeous Snowdrop Cookies that I found in this WONDERFUL cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, written by my super awesome gal pal and blogger-friend, Jennifer from Savory Simple.

Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies - Melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, and perfectly spiced Snowdrop Cookies. A perfect addition to your Holiday platter!

This cookbook stands out in that the recipes within it are both, new and timeless, modern, yet classic. The book is filled with over 100 recipes, featuring fresh ingredients, bold and sometimes daring flavors, all accompanied by Jennifer’s beautiful photographs. Looking at just the photos is enough to make you jump into the kitchen and start creating things like, Jen’s Andouille Macaroni and Cheese, her Oatmeal Stout Beer Bread, or even her gorgeous Banana Peanut Butter Layer Cake with Chocolate Ganache.

Hop on over to Amazon and get yourself several copies – one for you, of course, but can’t forget about them Christmas gifts, either!

Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies - Melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, and perfectly spiced Snowdrop Cookies. A perfect addition to your Holiday platter!

Just as the rest of the recipes in this book, this one is also impressive, yet very approachable.

What are Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies

These tender snowdrop cookies are made with butter, all-purpose flour, almond flour, and powdered sugar, then tossed in a chai-spiced mixture. They are a fantastic holiday cookie, and go BEST with a cup of coffee.

The cookie itself is only 5 ingredients, and the chai spiced topping is what completes it.

A simple mixture of powdered sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and allspice is what separates this snowdrop cookie from the rest.

Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies - Melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, and perfectly spiced Snowdrop Cookies. A perfect addition to your Holiday platter!

This is a serious melt-in-your-mouth little cookie. My husband and I could not get enough.

You know what else is a fantastic idea? Making these snowdrop cookies ahead of time. Honestly, they were amazing the first day, but also just as amazing on their last. So don’t be afraid to make these today, and have them all set and ready for your Christmas Cookie Tray.

In the meantime, pick up Jen’s book – you.will.LOVE.it!

ENJOY!

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Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Chilling Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies - Melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, and perfectly spiced Snowdrop Cookies. A perfect addition to your Holiday platter!
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: holiday cookies, russian tea cakes, snowdrop cookies
Servings: 40 Cookies
Calories: 68 kcal
Ingredients
FOR THE COOKIES
  • 1-1/2 cups (8.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (2.5 ounces) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups (4.25 ounces) almond flour
FOR THE POWDERED SUGAR TOPPING
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the flour and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, the 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  5. Turn the mixer speed down to low and slowly add the almond flour followed by the all-purpose flour mixture.
  6. Scrape down the sides once or twice to make sure the dough is evenly combined.
  7. Use a 1 tablespoon-sized scoop to measure out the cookies.
  8. Using your hands, roll each cookie into a ball, and place on the previously prepared baking sheet.
  9. Chill the cookies for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  10. Remove from refrigerator and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  11. While the cookies are baking, combine the 1 cup powdered sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and allspice in a small mixing bowl; whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
  12. Remove the cookies from the oven.
  13. While they are still warm, carefully coat each cookie in the topping mixture and set aside to cool.
  14. Once the cookies have cooled, about 15 to 20 minutes, toss them again in the sugar mixture.
  15. Store in an airtight container for 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 month.
Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 4

Nutrition Facts
Chai Spiced Snowdrop Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Potassium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 4g
Vitamin A 2.8%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 0.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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17 Responses
  1. Lucy

    I have to disagree with you on something. These aren’t also known as Russian Tea Cookies or Italian Wedding cookies or Snowball cookies. While it may not be a vast difference, there is a difference in the recipe of these cookies. There is additional flavors in this cookie which don’t exist in the Russian Tea Cookies. I’ve been making the “Italian Wedding Cookie” or its various other identities for over 40 years and not once have I ever added cardamom spice. To be truthful , at least where I live, we never heard of cardamom spice in the 60s or 70s or even the 80s. It wasn’t until some point in the 21st century it began to make an appearance. Simply because cookies look like one another doesn’t mean they ARE the same cookie. The Russian Tea Cookie is THE favorite of my little sister and I’ve lots of them. In fact, it was one of the first cookies I helped her learn to bake. Years later they’re still her favorite and I was just getting ready to send her an email showing her this cookie with the cardamom and checking to see when she would be available to come to the house and we’ll bake them, checking them out. So while these Chai Spice Snowball Cookies look identical, they’re not the same cookie.

    1. THANKS SO MUCH for chiming in! I have always thought they were all very similar, if not identical, but glad to have found out otherwise. If you do not mind and have a minute, would you share your recipe for Russian Tea Cookies with me, please? 🙂 Have a great Sunday!!

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