Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Walnut Balls (cookies)

These walnut balls have been a family favorite for as long as I can remember.  My mom used to bake them for special occasions and mail them to family in other states for Christmas.  I recently had a death in the family and made them for my Godmother. 
Walnut Balls (makes 4 dozen)


* 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
* 1/3 cup powdered sugar, plus additional 1/3 to coat cookies
* 2 cups flour
* 1 cup nuts (I use walnuts but you can use almonds or pecans if you choose)
* 1 teaspoon water
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


1.  Combine butter and 1/3 cup powdered sugar.


2.  Beat until creamy.

3.  Chop your nuts until fine.

4.  Stir in flour, nuts, water, vanilla and cinnamon into butter/sugar mixture.  Mix well.

5.  Roll into 1-inch balls and place on UNGREASED cookie sheet.

6.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

7.  Roll in powdered sugar.  It is best to roll in powdered sugar while still warm.

I like to use a baggie to fill with sugar then dunk/roll the cookie to coat evenly.

Though you can't tell, I like to use metallic liners to put the cookies in... the liners look like this

My photo of the actual cookies in metallic liners looks like this
(lousy photo from above and I was in a hurry):

Super simple and super yummy!


  1. Excellent Misty!! I think I can even make these! LOL! I'm sorry about the death in the family!

  2. aw, I hope you do try them! Honestly, they go quick! Oh and I forgot to mention that I also saw this recipe in the "Bridges of Madison County" cookbook, however, they title it "pecan balls" and use pecans (and I add cinammon).