Butter Ball Cookies Buttery cookies with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. Christmas Cookies, Tea Cookies #christmascookies
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Butter Ball Cookies

Two Southern Sweeties Butter Ball Cookies

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Our Butter Ball Cookies are buttery mounds of goodness with chopped nuts inside and rolled in powdered sugar. They are fantastic for tea parties, Christmas cookies and even just everyday treats.

These have been a traditional Christmas cookie in our home since I was a little girl.

I used to love helping my Mom roll them in the powdered sugar when they were still warm out of the oven. Of course, a few always managed to pop into my mouth.

One of the reasons I love making these at Christmas is that I always make dozens of cookies and candies to mail out to our friends and family that live out of town. These butter ball cookies are quick and easy to make so they work out well.

Make sure that your butter is softened to room temp. It makes incorporating everything much easier.

If you forgot to take your butter out, be sure to check out our post How To Soften Butter Quickly, and you will be whipping these cookies up in no time.

You will want the walnuts finely chopped so that your cookies hold together. If they are too big, your cookies will crumble. I use my mini chopper to make quick work of the nuts.

Mix the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla together in a bowl

Now add the flour, salt, and chopped walnuts until the dough holds together. This is kind of a stiff dough, not creamy like many other cookies.

You can either roll and bake the cookies at this point or you can wrap it up and stick it in the fridge until you are ready to bake.

Make sure that you roll them in the powdered sugar while they are still warm and then again when they are cool.


Butter Ball Cookies Buttery cookies with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar. Christmas Cookies, Tea Cookies #christmascookies

Butter Ball Cookies

Buttery cookie with chopped walnuts and rolled in powdered sugar. Wonderful for Christmas or anytime.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Dozen Cookies


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flower
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups walnuts finely chopped


  • Heat oven to 400°
  • Mix butter, ½ cup powdered sugar and the vanilla
  • Mix in flour, salt and nuts until dough holds together
  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place approximately an inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake until set but not brown, approximately 10 to 12 minutes
  • Roll in powdered sugar while still warm.
  • When cooled, roll in powdered sugar again


I put these on parchment paper while baking or on a silicone baking mat.
Keyword butter, butter balls, christmas, christmas cookies, cookies, tea cookies
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