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Chokeballs…Persian Version

August 19, 2008

My late Granny always made Chokeballs every year for Christmas. Some folks call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, some call them Russian Teacakes, but we call them Chokeballs. The reason being, that if you inhale as you’re eating them, you’re going to choke on a cloud of powdered sugar. Though, what a tasty death!

I experimented with Gran’s recipe, wanting to make a rose & pistachio version, rather than the usual vanilla & pecan (or walnut). They’re really good! And they’re super pink & pretty as well. The rose flavor is really subtle, so if you want them to taste more strongly of the flower, maybe add a little rosewater as well. I don’t have any though, so…

Pistachio Rose Chokeballs

  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rose syrup
  • pink gel food coloring (optional)
  • 1 1/8 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios

Preheat oven to 325*F. Cream the margarine, sugar, rose syrup, & food coloring together with a mixer. Add the flour & nuts, & carefully stir until they’re combined. It will seem too dry, maybe, but will come together eventually, sort of like shortbread does. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls & place them on a cookie sheet. They may seem small, but will get much bigger later…

Bake them for 20 minutes. You don’t want them to brown, but just get a little golden on the bottom. Let cool until you can handle them, then roll them in a bunch of powdered sugar. Set them aside to cool fully, then roll them again. Sometimes I triple roll ’em! The once-tiny cookies will have a magical layer of frosting on them, from the fusion of powdered sugar & margarine. It’s a cookie miracle!

*makes about 20 cookies

I’m planning on serving these to my sister tonight, with some rose soda!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2008 7:31 pm

    Wow, these are really beautiful and I love how you can see the layers.

  2. August 20, 2008 1:16 am

    These are so gorgeous and they are one of my favorite cookies. Love them – like a powdered donut!

  3. August 20, 2008 6:46 am

    Wow, those are just beautiful!

  4. Jennifer permalink
    August 20, 2008 7:56 am

    So pink and so pretty! Great re-vamping of your Granny’s recipe.

  5. August 20, 2008 8:48 am

    i’ve never even heard of choke balls but they look DELICIOUS. i thought nothing would make my mouth water more than your donuts a few posts ago! i want some!!

  6. August 20, 2008 10:08 am

    omg – those are gorgeous! mexican wedding cakes are my absolute fav! and chokeballs made me laugh so hard – it’s sooooo true – they really DO choke you if you inhale!! ahahahaha!

    i’m printing off your recipe for these buggers (thank you!) – they look to freak’n beautiful not to make. now i’ve just gotta find some rose syrup…..

  7. August 20, 2008 11:28 am

    atxvegn—Thanks! I’ve never tried cutting one before, since I just pop ’em in my mouth.

    Nikki—Yeah, I seem to have a powdered sugar thing going on here…

    Rural Vegan—Thank you!

    Jennifer—I usually don’t use food coloring, but I’m glad I did this time!

    quarrygirl—I doubt anyone’s heard of chokeballs, unless they’re in our weird family! :o)

    jessy—I wonder if anyone who has eaten them HASN’T choked. They’re just so good!

    If you don’t have the syrup, I would just recommend buying rosewater (in the baking section), unless you plan on making rose soda and stuff. That way, you’ll get more bang for your buck. If you still want the syrup, check out Middle Eastern markets or places that stock tons of coffee/Italian soda syrups. My brand is Monin.

    Granny’s original recipe called for 1 1/2 teaspoons water & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, so if you bought rosewater, I’d just sub it for the vanilla.

  8. August 20, 2008 5:48 pm

    Your photos are the best. Such a pretty color!

  9. August 21, 2008 2:59 am

    BEAUTIFUL! They look so good!

  10. August 21, 2008 12:28 pm

    These are so beautiful! I am drooling over your pictures. I just have to try these. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. August 22, 2008 12:57 pm

    Lisa—Thank you!

    Sal—Thanks. They’re pretty delish!

    Vaishali—Thank you very much & you’re welcome!

  12. Kala permalink
    August 22, 2008 4:11 pm

    Those look really pretty, I’ll have to try them around the holidays.

  13. August 23, 2008 11:29 pm

    Ooh, how pretty! Chokeballs is cracking me up.

  14. August 24, 2008 12:53 pm

    They are so pretty! I love the pink colour.

  15. veganshane permalink
    August 24, 2008 4:04 pm

    Looks yummy, looking forward to trying these, but why wait until the holidays!

  16. August 29, 2008 3:44 pm

    haha, best name *ever*, and goodness they’re pretty… ooh, I want to try one (I promise I won’t inhale!)

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