This is a recipe I've been making all my life. The yellowed recipe card calls these cookies "Nut Butter Balls" but I've seen similar recipes called Italian (or Mexican) Wedding Cookies and Russian Tea Cookies. The recipe only makes a couple dozen cookies, but it's easy to double if you want more.
Nut Butter Balls
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Cream butter and sugar together. Add salt, vanilla, flour and nuts. Mix well. Chill. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while still warm.
Note: For the holidays, I like to mix decorative colored sugars with the powdered sugar for little sparkles of color.
I have a very similar recipe and it is called Mexican Wedding Cookies. These are awesome cookies, especially a few minutes out of the oven. MMMmmmmmmmm!
Good tip on the colored sugar. I'll try it!
Posted by: Goofy Girl | November 10, 2008 at 08:13 AM
Ha. Very bad timing for this recipe... ;) (check out my blog today) Thanks for sharing it anyhow!
Posted by: Tanya (aka NetChick) | November 10, 2008 at 03:16 PM
I dare not make these cookies because I would Eat. Them. All. One by one, pop them in my mouth and--whooosh, gone.
Posted by: ByJane | November 10, 2008 at 08:37 PM
my mom made these mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Posted by: mojavi at Simple Things | November 10, 2008 at 10:48 PM
Yummy! thank you for the recipe i will try this at home. :)
Posted by: catering | November 26, 2009 at 01:16 AM
Nut Butter Balls. Hahahahahaha. I love my balls buttered with nuts. I'm totally making these and I will add some color. Pictures soon! xoxo
Posted by: laurie ruettimann | December 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM