Forget making snowballs outside!
Stay inside and make a batch of these Chocolate Snowball Cookies instead!
Growing up in Charleston, SC, we didn’t see much snow. There was one Christmas where we awoke to something like 8″ of snow, though. That’s a legit amount of snow (especially in the South). But the general lack of snow didn’t prevent the usual Christmas shenanigans that come with 9 and 10-year-old boys.
I can’t remember the exact year, but I believe it was Christmas 1988 or Christmas 1989. Christmas was over, but we still had another week or so off from school. So we did what any group of boys would do and started roaming the winding, cobblestone streets of Charleston looking for something fun to do. And then we discovered the old Christmas trees.
Folks began putting their old Christmas trees out on the side of the road for the city to collect. Well, it turns out that a group of boys on bikes is a lot faster than the city…and we began collecting those trees. (Bonus points for the trees that still had sparkly garland on them!) For several days, we collected those trees and brought them to an empty lot right there along the Battery in downtown Charleston. We collected trees from blocks and blocks, and I think we ended up with somewhere around 70-80 trees.
So what did we do with all those trees? Well, we built a fort obviously. We had a long, narrow entryway and several rooms inside that Christmas tree fort. Our efforts even landed us a photo on the front page of the local newspaper! I’m not really sure what we did once we got that fort built, though…I think most of the fun was just building the darn thing!
Since we didn’t see much snow in Charleston, we had to resort to other snow references…like these Chocolate Snowball Cookies. These are a family favorite, and they’re incredibly easy to make. Plus, rolling cookie dough in a bowl of powdered sugar is a great job for the kids…trust me!
This cookie dough is more like brownie batter than dough, but trust me that it works. Just dip your fingers in a bit of water (or powdered sugar) as you roll each ball of dough. With Saint Nick set to shuffle down your chimney in just a couple of days now, you need to make sure you’ve got some delicious cookies on hand for him. And these Chocolate Snowflake Cookies most definitely qualify! Enjoy!
Have you ever built a Christmas tree fort?
Do you think Santa would like these Chocolate Snowflake Cookies?