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Add Chocolate Snowballs to your holiday baking

Tis the season for holiday baking

Tis the season for holiday baking

Sure, there is traditional shortbread and many believe it isn't the festive season without gingerbread, but there's something to said for creating new traditions.

Chef Leigh Ann Seto, who teaches Continuing Education cooking classes at Culinary Campus, is offering an alternative this year with a chocolate-based recipe sure to please everyone — even any holiday Grinches.

Chocolate Snowballs 

  • 1 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 tsp. orange liqueur, optional
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • icing sugar for coating


Place chocolate and butter in a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl and heat or microwave to melt. Remove from the heat and stir until totally melted and smooth.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, eggs, vanilla, orange zest and orange liqueur, if using. Stir in the chocolate mixture, baking powder, salt, then the flour. Chill dough for 2 - 3 hours or overnight to firm up.

Preheat oven to 325F.

Prepare a shallow bowl with icing sugar. Using a #50 scoop (or a small spoon), scoop a ball of dough and drop it into the icing sugar.

As balls are scooped, roll the dough in the sugar to coat them. Take balls out and set onto another tray. When all of the dough is balled up, roll the balls in icing sugar again. Then line up the dough on a parchment-lined baking tray with about 1 - 1 1/2" of space between them.

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.

Remove tray from oven and let cool on a rack.

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.

Give the gift of cooking

Meet Have a foodie or budding chef on your holiday shopping list? Consider treating them to a SAIT cooking class. With everything from knife skills courses to learning how to bake cakes or cook just about any cuisine, there's sure to be an option that fits the bill. Cooking classes take place at our main campus or downtown at the Culinary Campus. Find whatever they're hungry for.

For more SAIT presents, check out our list of seven gifts for easy giving.

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