These Strawberry Snowball Cookies have such a strong sweet and tangy strawberry flavor thanks to the freeze-dried strawberries. They are perfect for holidays and the beautiful pink color makes them suitable for Valentine’s Day!
Strawberry Snowball Cookies are a fun twist to the classic snowball cookies. They are made from real strawberries without the crutch of artificial flavor.
It can be difficult to produce strawberry-flavored baked goods made solely from real strawberries. The reason is that strawberry juice will incorporate into the crunchy cookies and make them soggy. That’s where freeze-dried strawberries come into play.
That’s right. Freeze drying removes all the moisture. You will not add any extra liquid, which would ruin the texture of the cookies. Freeze-dried strawberries are also natural, so there is none of that artificial flavor used in these cookies.
I added freeze-dried diced strawberries and freeze-dried strawberry powder into the dough to incorporate the strawberry flavor. When you take a bite, your tongue will first tingle when it touches the sweet and tangy strawberry-flavored sugar coating. Then, you will get the crunchy texture of the cookie and after several chews, you will notice the chewy texture of the freeze-dried diced strawberries. The burst of strawberry flavor is infused in every bite!
The recipe is simple and fun to make and eat. It is among my favorite cookie recipes and I hope you all try this recipe.
What Are Freeze-Dried Strawberries
Freeze-dried strawberries are fresh berries that have been frozen and then placed under a vacuum to remove all the moisture. The flavor and nutrients are more concentrated so you only need a little to add the intense fruit flavor to your favorite baked goods or even your favorite snacks like yogurt. And since the water has been removed it is easier to add the strawberry flavor to your baked goods without making the dough or frosting too soft.
What do they taste like? The skin tastes sweet while the inside part tasted sour. They have crunchy with a chewy flavor, similar to styrofoam.
Are freeze-dried strawberries healthy for you as fresh fruit? The answer is yes, it is highly nutritious because it keeps much of its nutritional content through the freeze-drying process. Not only are freeze-dried fruits low in calories, but they are also filled with fiber.
How to Make Strawberry Powder From Freeze-Dried Strawberries
Yes, you can make strawberry powder from freeze-dried strawberries. Put them in a high-speed blender and blitz until they become a fine powder. You can also use a food processor, but the powder won’t be as fine.
- Use room temperature butter. It refers to soft and pliable butter, but still cool to touch. There should be an indent when you press with your finger.
- Measure your flour correctly. Adding too much flour to the recipe is the most common mistake. To best and easiest way to measure flour is by using a scale. If you still insist on using volume measurement, make sure to fluff your flour and spoon it into your measuring cup. Then, use a knife to level it off.
- Add more milk if your dough is too hard. I find the recipe ratio is perfect for me, but if your dough is too crumbly, try to add a teaspoon of milk to the dough.
More Strawberry Recipes
- Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies
- Strawberry Panna Cotta
- Japanese Strawberry Shortcake
- Strawberry Sorbet
- Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Cake