Ball Cookies

finished productThese round cookies are a family holiday tradition.  They are fairly easy to make, and not overly sweet.  Like potato chips, it’s hard to eat just one.

This recipe yields about 50 cookies.


  • ready for chilling1 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (plus more later to roll the cookies in, see directions below)
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (for example, small walnut pieces)


  • ready for the ovenMix butter & powdered sugar well
  • Mix in vanilla, flour and nuts
  • Chill in refrigerator for several hours
  • Shape into balls about 1 inch across (see picture to right)
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 11 minutes
  • Roll in powdered sugar while warm.  For this I use a small baking pan filled with sugar (see picture to right)
  • rolling in sugarOnce cool, roll again in powdered sugar

Once fully cool, they are ready to eat.


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