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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sweet treats...

One of the great benefits of finishing your Christmas shopping early is that it gives you time to make all those little sweet treats that make the festive season so special. Today I managed to make three different kinds of chocolate truffles (hazelnut, orange and peppermint); a batch of Rocky Road and two batches of Snowballs.

The first batch of Snowballs I made using cup measurements and I could tell they were spreading too much as soon as they had been in the oven for just a few minutes. So I made a second batch using weight measurements which resulted in a much stiffer paste and rounder 'snowballs'. If you like ameretti biscuits you'll love these. They are incedibly easy to make and if you use pure icing sugar rather than icing sugar mixture they're gluten-free to boot!


60 grams almond meal
60 grams hazelnut meal
120 grams pure icing sugar, sifted + extra to coat
1 egg white

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius and line a baking tray.
2. Add almond meal, hazelnut meal and sifted icing sugar to a large bowl.
3. Add egg white and stir until mixture forms a stiff paste.
4. Take teaspoons of mixture from the bowl and roll into approx. 18 small balls.
5. Roll each ball in icing sugar to cover thoroughly.
6. Place balls on baking tray and bake for 10 minutes.
7. Allow to cool on tray then store in an airtight container.

Merry Christmas everyone!


  1. Mmm...these look scrumptious! Hope you have a wonderful an amazing new year...Looks like you've got the ball rolling all ready...

    Merry, merry

  2. Thanks Deb. Henry and I had a lovely time cooking together yesterday and my colleagues at work are currently enjoying the results! Henry finishes daycare forever today and will next year be at school so we won't really have as many opportunities to cook together (just the two of us) which makes yesterday even more special.

    Merry Christmas Deb to you and your lovely family and may the New Year bring you much to inspire...

  3. Yum, yum, yum! Your snowballs look delicious ... I haven't done too much Christmas baking this year, but just quietly my gingerbread cookies rocked! ;)

    Merry Christmas! :)

  4. YUM! And I notice you're reading The Hare with the Amber Eyes.. my mum got it for Christmas but I'm planning to steal it from her very soon, the reviews of it all sounded great!

  5. Huzzah, a recipe that uses hazelnut meal! I'll have to bookmark this entry for the next time I find myself with a half-bag left over, as I never know what to make with the stuff after the initial 'friend who can't eat flour' recipe... :-)