Saturday, November 19, 2011

BUTTER BALLS



MAKES 4 DOZEN

Dredging these melt-in-your-mouth cookies twice—first while still warm and again after they've cooled—insures a generous covering of powdery sugar.

1 cup finely ground walnuts 
2 1⁄4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1⁄2 tsp. salt
1⁄2 lb. unsalted butter, softened
1⁄2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus 2 cups 
   for dredging
1 tsp. vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine walnuts, flour, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well and set aside. Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed. Gradually add 1⁄4 cup sugar and beat until mixture is fluffy. Beat in vanilla, then reduce speed and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined.

2. Using your hands, shape dough, 1 tbsp. at a time, into small balls, then place about 1" apart on buttered nonstick baking sheets. Bake until cookies are slightly golden, about 10 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool for 5–10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, place remaining 1–2 cups sugar on a large plate. Roll cookies, while still warm, in sugar, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Once cookies are completely cool, roll them again in sugar.

BY THE WAY, I make these with pecans and almonds too :) Teresa




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4 comments :

The enchanted home said...

Not only do they look easy but I can tell from the ingredients they are good!!!!!! Will have to add these to my list for Christmas cookies..so much for my diet:)

Kathysue said...

My Mom use to make these for the Holidays, they are wonderful and they look like little snow balls!! I had forgotten all about these, thanks for sharing,
Kathysue

Carla Aston said...

Time to start that Christmas baking! These would make some great gifts.

eclecticrevisited said...

had a busy day yesterday and missed all my favorite blogs, so I'm getting caught up today...
fabulous recipe...!! this is one of my favorites for the Holidays but I never had a recipe..until now! thanks Teresa,
best,
maureen

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