Here’s a really easy recipe for cookie balls made with finely diced walnuts that’s super delicious. I had a hard time stopping at just one or two cookies.
These cookie balls go well with a glass of milk, a cup of coffee or tea. They are basically unadorned, with just a dusting of powdered sugar, yet there is a beauty in their simplicity. Carefully arranged on a plate, they will dress up any table.
In fact, these cookie balls are so delicious it’s a good thing they are bite-sized, and so make for better portion control. Then again, it’s not a guarantee you’ll stop at two, three or even five. I, myself, could eat ten in one sitting, not that I’m saying I did, but I certainly could.
It’s important to use good quality butter. I used Whole Foods 360 which is their generic brand. It’s inexpensive and the flavor is great. I’ve tried some popular brands that have an off taste, and it does make a difference.
I flavored the cookies with a teaspoon each of orange and almond extract. Vanilla extract would also be good, just don’t go over two teaspoons.
I used finely diced, instead of chopped, walnuts. That’s how they’re labeled in the baking aisle. They are really convenient and a time saver. You can substitute other types of nuts for the walnuts, just make sure to finely dice them.
I was able to make 60 cookie balls out of one recipe; enough for a little tea party. These would also be great for Mother’s Day. You could make something fancy, or you could make these super easy and delicious cookie balls and you’ll have more than enough for a tete-a-tete.
These cookie balls would also be great for holiday baking, just like the cookies in this previous post.
Store the cookies in a covered cookie jar or any air tight container at room temperature.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- ½ cup powdered sugar (+ 1 ½ cups for coating baked cookies)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups finely diced walnuts
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- With the flat beater of a stand mixer, beat butter until light and smooth.
- Gradually add ½ cup powdered sugar. Add salt, almond and orange extracts and beat until well blended and creamy.
- Add flour and beat to combine. Then add nuts and beat until well distributed.
- Shape cookie dough into balls about 1” in size. For uniformly sized cookie balls, use a small cookie scoop to measure out the dough then roll the dough between your hands to make a ball.
- Line cookie dough balls on cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
- Place 1½ cups powdered sugar in a bowl. Remove baked cookies from oven. While cookies are still warm, roll in the bowl of powdered sugar to coat. Line them up again on the cookie sheet to cool completely.
- Once the cookies are completely cool, place a small amount of powdered sugar in a small sifter and lightly sprinkle over the cookies for an even coating of powdered sugar.
- Yields about 60 cookie balls. Keep at room temperature in a covered container.
Super Easy Delicious Cookie Balls with Diced Walnuts