Mama and Mmmmmmmmocha Nut Butterballs.
In our house, that means Christmas! It also means the start of Stefani Not Eating Them All, which is an actual season, but more difficult.
And just in case you can't wait to make your own,
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1 cup confectioners' sugar for rolling
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Stir together the flour, cocoa, coffee crystals and salt; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix in the dry ingredients just until blended. Stir in the pecans. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bottoms are lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets and roll in confectioners' sugar while still warm. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature.
And now for the rant.
I finally deigned to listen to the local station that does continuous Christmas music, figuring it would get me into the mood a little bit -- hey, I made the cookies, right?
I was thinking maybe some Handel, some Santa Baby, some In the Deep Midwinter? But nooooooo. I hit, first thing that crummy, stupid, execrable song about the boy with the dying mother who is buying her pretty shoes to meet Jesus. I cannot say enough about how horrifying I find the whole thing. It's really everything I hate about everything in one little package.
I went back to punk on the Mp3 player.
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