Sunday, January 2, 2011

Chocolate Snowballs aka Austrian Chocolate Balls

I've been on a bite-size treat kick lately, but I can't help myself.  This is my own variation of a cookie recipe that was included in the magazine "holiday with matthew mead". This recipe caught my attention because it reminded me of the other non-chocolate snowball cookie(called by many different names).  It too has ground nuts in it; I used pecans.  I would probably have used walnuts, but I was out.
The recipe calls for dipping these delectable little chocolate balls into a chocolate glaze, but I chose to roll them in powdered sugar instead, as I fancied them looking like snowballs:) To keep them as authentic Austrian Chocolate Balls you should use the glaze option (That's how they are made when I checked the recipe internet-wide).
They are very chocolatey cookies and their texture reminds me of a brownie. What's not to love? 

Austrian Chocolate Balls~Janet Dubuc
COOKIES
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/3 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg plus 1 yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup nuts, finely chopped

GLAZE
1 square unsweetened chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1.  In small saucepan over medium heat, melt together 2 squares of chocolate and 1/3 cup of butter.  When smooth, pour into a large mixing bowl.  Add granulated sugar, egg and yolk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.  Add flour and nuts and gradually stir until just combined.
2.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheet about 1 inch apart. 
3.  Bake 8-12 minutes, until balls are firm to the touch. Move cookie balls to wire rack to cool completely.
4.For the glaze(I opted to roll in powdered sugar instead), melt 1 square chocolate and 1 tablespoon of butter in small saucepan over medium heat until smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining glaze ingredients.  Dip tops of cookies into glaze to cover.  Allow to set completely.  Makes 4 dozen cookies

ENJOY!

This post is linked to Alicia's LAST "Tasty Tuesdays" bloghop, though she is passing it on to another blogger...check it out! 


33 comments:

  1. oh my, these sound delicious. love the addition of nuts.
    Keep them coming. I love bite size treats, they are my favorite.

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  2. They sound heavenly! I think the powdered sugar sounds better than the chocolate glaze. (Too much chocolate will put me in a coma) =o) I will definitely be trying these! Thanks for another great recipe!!!

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  3. Have just discovered your blog... it is seriously dangerous!!! :)

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  4. Sounds delicious! Definitely a recipe to try in the near future. :)

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  5. I can't decide if I love these because they look so pretty or because they look like they taste delicious. Maybe both.

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  6. I love cookies! These look so pretty and inviting!
    Sue, Happy 2011!
    Angie

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  7. Delicious! Hm....I bet they are perfect with a cup of hot chocolate in this weather.

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  8. Austrian cookies are so yummy! I admit I ate so many when I was in Austria-I blame the crisp mountain air! :P

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  9. I love this chocolate version of one of my all time favorite cookies. Thank you so much, too for participating in my inaugural "your recipe, my kitchen." I appreciate the support!!!

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  10. Mmm...this chocolate cookies look so tempting. Can't wait to try it!

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  11. That's right Sue! - what's not to love about these treats! They look WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. p.s. LOVE your beautiful plate that your snowballs are on. Gorgeous!!

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  13. Hi Sue! Stunning photo. That plate is beautiful. And those cookies! I love the simplicity of the powdered sugar. I would prefer it the way you made it. I will try this week with kids.

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  14. Hi! These look so sweet. These remind me of the powered donuts (even though they are not donuts)that I used to get at Dunkin Donuts.

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  15. Happy 2011, Sue!

    The snowballs are just like the wintery season now...so beautiful.

    To answer your query about the caramel fudge, I wrapped them with a small piece of baking paper first and wrapped it again with a larger piece of colored tissue wrapping paper and twist both ends to make it like a lolly. Hope that will help :D

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  16. How beautiful they are and your presentation is fantastic! They look delicious! Thanks!

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  17. Happy New Year, Sue!! Just got back online full time again..thank god! Now, speaking of 'Austria', my Bf was just there skiing the Alps, so naturally I have to mention these gorgeous Austrian balls to him, although he'll find a way to take 'another' meaning from that lol They look absolutely beautiful and one to add to my already too long blog bookmarked recipes, most of which I have yet to try, but I WILL get to them! :) BTW, DEFINITELY try the cinnamon toast crumb crust. I'm going to make it again just so I can eat them in crouton form!

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  18. I've never thought of making these snowball cookies chocolate flavored. Sounds fantastic the way you describe it!

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  19. What a great looking recipe... I love your idea to roll in powder sugar.... you are one smart cookie! :)

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  20. These bite size cookies are so darling. And the combination of flavors sounds like a winner. I am visiting for the first time and love the posts that I've read so far. Delightful.

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  21. CHOCOLATE, I NEED CHOCOLATE! I'll be checking my mailbox tomorrow to see if these have arrived. You mailed them, right?

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  22. Oh, these look so yummy! I love everything chocolate! :-)

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  23. Ciao Sue buon Anno ^_^ biscotti eccezionali, li proverò!
    Buona serata
    Sonia

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  24. Since baking Butter Pecan Balls for the first time this Christmas I'm on a kinda bite size dessert kick too. These look wonderful and just may be my next bite size venture.

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  25. These look fabulous and I would love the chocolate version better! I love the beautiful chocolate against the pure white of the powdered sugar. Looks perfect for a snowy day when the kids get home from school.

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  26. What a delicious snowball! All of your last few posts are mouth watering, the cupcakes with the swirl are so darling. You have the best eye for presentation. You're always on the top of my list for cookie references :)

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  27. What lovely sweets! Love looking at your sweet munchkins! They are really growing,especially your little Caleb.

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  28. How big is each square of chocolate? Is one ounce each too much? I like the look of the powdered sugar as well, do I roll them in the sugar after taking them out of the oven? Thanks!

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