Christmas Cookies-Butterballs

I felt I had to at least address the upcoming holiday somewhat this year. But with a desire to steer clear of sweets this month due to some unwanted extra pounds, I decided to revisit a recipe from last December, my hands-down favorite Christmas cookie, butterballs.

This is a family recipe that everyone in my family has made at one point or another in their lifetime. The original recipe calls them Butter Fingers, but to be easy, we always formed them into little round balls, hence their “new” name. A Christmas didn’t go by when I was growing up that we didn’t have these in the house–and it still doesn’t. Butter, flour, sugar, vanilla, and nuts, you can’t really go wrong. I recommend a nice cup of coffee or tea with a cookie or two. They are moist and yummy! And like all older recipes, the directions are sparse!

Merry Christmas to one and all!


14 Tablespoons butter, softened
4 Tablespoons confectioner sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup ground nuts (I usually use walnuts, but pecans are good, too)
2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 teaspoon water, mixed

Mix and shape with hands. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Watch to make sure they don’t get too brown. When cool, roll in confectioner sugar.

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