Today’s post is about turning a failure into a success story. I had seen some beautiful cookies on Pinterest that looked just like snowballs. They were covered in icing sugar, which gave the illusion of fresh snow. So, I had no doubt that I wanted to make them for my daughter’s Frozen party and they ended up on the menu. The day I baked them, I followed the instructions to the t (or so I think!), but when I baked them, they did not retain their round shape. They didn’t go completely flat, but surely they did not look like snowballs. I also put a batch in the freezer for a bit in the hope that it would help them retain their shape… but it did not work. I was so disappointed. And I had to think fast. I had about 30 cookies (that tasted delicious) and I was not going to scratch them off the menu! And then it hit me. They looked more like rocks! So, I transformed them into rocks/trolls. If you have seen Frozen, you will know that Kristoff’s adoptive family is made up of trolls, that look like… rocks. There you go… saved! So, instead of rolling the cookies in just icing sugar, I mixed in some cocoa powder to make them greyish/brownish and then I topped them with a sprinkle of green granulated sugar, which is supposed to be the moss. Don’t they look cute?? Enjoy!
Rocks or Trolls?? Fun cookies for your next Frozen inspired party!
- 1 cup butter softened
- 2/3 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup finely chopped Pecans
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups icing sugar for coating
- 2 or 3 tbsp cocoa powder for coating
- Green sugar to decorate
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter on medium speed until creamy.
Add the 2/3 cup icing sugar and salt. Mix in the vanilla.
Sprinkle the cornstarch over the mixture, so it doesn't blend into one area, then with the mixer set on low speed slowly add in the flour and mix until just combined.
Stir in the pecans.
Scoop the dough out 1 tablespoon at a time and roll into a ball, then place the balls on baking trays lined with baking paper.
Bake in a preheated oven at 175°C – 350°F for 16 - 18 minutes or until the bottom edges are lightly golden.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool several minutes. Then while the cookies are still warm, pour 2 cups of icing sugar into a bowl and mix it with enough cocoa powder to obtain the desired colour.
Roll the cookies in this mixture and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once the cookies are cool, roll them again in the mixture so that they are evenly and generously coated.
Store the cookies in an airtight container.
If you don’t have any green sugar, simply add a few drops of liquid green food colour to some granulated sugar in a jar. Shake well until incorporated.