Italian Butterball Cookies Recipe -
Italian Butterball Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Italian Butterball Cookies

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"These holiday cookies are perfect for people of any age. They are good as a quick snack or dessert. Don't worry, they are not balls of butter. They are smooth, chewy, and delicious cookies. This is an old family recipe that is loved by all. Hopefully you like them too!"

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Original recipe makes 48 cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Beat together the butter and 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and mix into the butter mixture until just incorporated. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet spaced about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Spread the 1/4 cup confectioners sugar on a plate; roll the cooled cookies in the confectioners' sugar to coat.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 02, 2009

Love this recipe. They were very easy to make and eveyone at the party thought they were wonderful.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 20, 2010

These cookies are nothing like the italian cookies I would get in NY at the bakeries. They taste okay, a little on the dry side. Will keep looking for a better recipe.


28 Ratings

Apr 05, 2010

Being married to a man, who is 100% Italian, brings about challenges, when trying to find a "true" Italian recipe. I have had these cookies at various family functions, and I have to say that this recipe is as close as it gets! My mother-in-law actually thought that I purchased these from a local Italian market! Excellent recipe, and VERY easy to make!

Oct 06, 2009

I needed to make something for a church social with an Italian theme. These were easy and quick. The look and taste great. I doubled the recipe and used a small disher to measure them out. Use a small shalow bowl to "roll" the tops in the powered surgar. I am looking forward to trying them with lemon juice instead of the almond extract as a variant.

Jun 03, 2009

Easy to make and tastes great although no matter how I tried I could only get 36 cookies from the recipe not 48 as indicated.

Dec 14, 2009

I added crushed walnuts to the recipie...just like my Italian grandmother used make. Delicious!

Dec 23, 2010

these were yummy! i added in mini chocolate chips and chopped maraschino cherries (dried off with a paper towel) to the batter and it adds a little extra yumminess! :)

May 04, 2010

These cookies are delicious!! I needed a recipe for an Italian themed youth group dinner and chose this cookie. Fabulous!!!! I did not get 48 cookies out of one batch, but 36. Thanks !!!! ?I also sifted the confec.sugar over the cookies and they are so pretty!!


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  • Calories
  • 43 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 2.1 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.6 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 36 mg
  • 1%

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

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