Aviva Wittenberg: Brought these melt in your mouth cookies to my second chance book club (for people who didn’t finish the book in time for the first meeting) and they were declared an undisputed hit! Perfectly tender snowballs well matched with a cup of tea or glass of bubbly – will definitely make these again.
Libby - At first I was a little skeptical of these cookies, since I'm not a big fan of dates, but I was pleasantly surprised with this twist on the traditional Mexican Wedding Cake/Snowball cookie. However, with the added expense of Medjool dates (that did not add much, flavor-wise), I would stick with your traditional Mexican Wedding Cake/Snowball recipe.
Kyle O: Modest in appearance but tasty. They aren't overly sweet, they have a nice crumb, and they remind me of a pecan shortbread; the dates add moisture.
Kate L: This recipe, while fairly simple, is not very well-written, so be sure to read the whole thing first to make sure you understand the process. The cookies tasted very grown-up (not too sweet) and were a little dry the day I made them, but they have been getting exponentially better with each day.
Danielle Weinstein: Nutty, buttery balls. Need I say more?
Becky, Hans, and family: With a short ingredient list and simple cooking directions, these cookies were easy to make, bake, and then eat! We preferred them still warm and with only one coating of powdered sugar.
Bernice at Dish 'n' the Kitchen: These buttery, chewy, crunchy Noël Balls are simple to make and are sure to be a hit on your Christmas goodie platter.
Katie D. My coworkers effusively thanked me and told me how much they enjoyed these. However, the post-baking rolling of the balls in powdered sugar took some ingenuity to accomplish in a studio apartment with minimal counter space.
Reed Kronen: Huge success with the array of friends and family who've been lucky to eat these in past day. Too good to keep around the house!!
Liz & Dave R: The finely chopped dates melted nicely, adding more moisture to these pretty cookies so they don't crumble, bringing lots of sweet, subtle flavor to every bite. Next time, I would add a few more dates and chop them just a bit larger for stand-out notice and wow factor to these crowd-pleasing cookies.
Linda & Isabel Pineo: The recipe was quite easy and, except for Medjool dates, used ingredients we already had in our pantry. The dates were difficult to dice but the cookies were worth the trouble.
Barbara P: My husband loved them, which is high praise. Easy to make, but they don't make the advertised 54, unless you want pea-sized cookies.
Virginia from Ohio: This cookie is like a Russian Tea cake and a Fig Newton had a baby. 5 out 6 friends gave it a thumbs up.
Lizzie K: Sugary, crumbly, rich little balls of goodness. These were easy to make and a hit with my co-workers.
Camille G.: Despite some pricey ingredients (Medjool dates), Noel Balls are quick, easy, and tasty cookies. These will definitely be in competition for the Christmas cookie short list in 2015!