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Catholic Recipe: Snow Balls


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons finely cut citron
  • 1 Tablespoon rum
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Fats for frying


Prep Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: • • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:15+



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New Year's has pleased the adults with its calling and entertaining, but has held nothing for the children except baby sitters and cold cuts. If you must leave, leave the children with a good taste in their mouths by making Snowballs. They are a traditional treat for New Year's when:

as the birds lighting upon the earth, He scattereth snow: and the falling down thereof is as the coming down of locusts. The eye admireth at the beauty of the whiteness thereof: and the heart is astonished at the shower thereof. (Ecclesiaticus 43, 19-20.)


Mix water, salt and butter in a pan. Bring to a boil. Stir in flour, sugar and eggs. Add fruit and rum. Heat fat to 360┬░. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter into hot fat. Fry golden brown on both sides. Drain. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar to represent snowballs.

Recipe Source: Cooking for Christ by Florence Berger, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 1949, 1999