Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Butter Ball Cookies

Baking is one of the things that I always try to do at Christmas.
I don't do much baking the rest of the year, but Christmas time it is a must.
Our family favorite that we have to make every year are Butter Ball Cookies.
They are soooo good and I can't help but taste the dough and lick my fingers throughout the baking process.
They can be a bit messy, I always plan on it getting like that so I don't get too stressed.

Butter Ball Cookies
{Preheat oven to 325 degrees}

1 cup butter {not margarine}, softened
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a dash of salt {I never measure how much}
sifted powdered sugar


In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and the 1/2 cup powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat or stir in the flour, walnuts, vanilla and salt. Mix thoroughly, using hands if necessary. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, place balls 1 1/2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 14 - 16 minutes or until the cookies are very lightly browned. Wait 3 - 4 minutes and roll the cookies in powdered sugar. Cool cookies on wire racks then roll them in powdered sugar again. Makes about 48 cookies

This recipe came from K's mom and is one of my absolute favorites.

What is your favorite Christmas treat to make? 


  1. These sound SOOO good!!! I seriously love all Christmas treats...all of them but my favorites are snow ball cookies. I'm sure they have a name for them but that's what we call them :)

  2. I think that's now my favorite. Although, I don't bake at all. Ever.
    My favorite things that my mom makes are rice krispie treat wreaths (but she uses Corn flakes instead of rice krispies. So is that Corn Flake treats?) and my great grandma's sorghum cookies. YUMMY!