German Butter Balls Recipe -
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German Butter Balls

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"Similar to matzo balls or dumplings, used in soups."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    15 mins


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, eggs, butter, milk, salt, and allspice into a smooth dough. Roll into golf ball-sized pieces.
  2. Cook by dropping into a boiling soup or broth. Simmer until they float to the top.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 29, 2011

This recipe was taught to me by my German/Russian Grandmother. The recipe is fairly accurate but for those who are having difficulty with balls falling need to add another egg to the batch. Always do a test by droping one or two balls into boiling water before finishing the batch. If the ball floats and does not break apart...take it out and break it with a fork. If it tastes too gummy...add more crumbs to the mixture. If it breaks...add another egg. That's what Grandma taught us!! Also, use very thin spaghetti or fermacelli noodles for best results in replicating original egg noodles for the soup. Chicken stock works great! And season with a dash of Allspice when serving. Enjoy!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 04, 2006

I followed the recipe and when I put them into the liquid they fell apart and dissolved

Oct 17, 2007

Use White Bread Cut off all the Crust. Put into a brown paper bag and let the bread dry out. Then start your process

Jan 04, 2007

soft bread crumbs work better for a recipe like this!

Dec 21, 2010

Complaints here about the butterballs falling apart, I use the following recipe and it works perfect every time. Make sure the bread crumbs are very dry and finely ground. 12 Cups of dried bread crumbs. 2 Cups of melted butter 2 Cups of sweet cream 8 Eggs - (Add more if the mix is too dry after fully mixed) 2 Tsp Salt 4 Tsp Allspice

Dec 11, 2006

It's way too much liqid, they fall apart, very disappointed

Jan 20, 2013

easy to do and make up xtra to freeze. Taste great with egg noodles and chichen broth.


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  • Calories
  • 649 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 61.6 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 156 mg
  • 52%
  • Fat
  • 38.1 g
  • 59%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 15.5 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 1298 mg
  • 52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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