Mocha Nut Butter Balls Recipe -
  • READY IN 45 mins

Mocha Nut Butter Balls

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"I found it! Thought you might love it as much as we do. It is buttery and rich with chocolate, coffee and nuts."

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Stir together the flour, cocoa, coffee crystals and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix in the dry ingredients just until blended. Stir in the pecans. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bottoms are lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets and roll in confectioners' sugar while still warm. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 23, 2010

Love these with a good cup of coffee in the morning as a treat during the holidays. My mother has made these for years and I just love them. I may add more coffee next time.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 07, 2005

I was thoroughly disappointed with this cookie. I followed the directions exactly as stated yet it was too bitter and just didn't taste right. I've NEVER thrown anything away but I couldn't figure out a way to tweak this recipe to improve the flavor so they all ended up in the "recycle bin". For those wanting to try this, the flour/butter/sugar ratio doesn't seem to work (it's too dry and not sweet enough) and I feel 1/4 cup cocoa powder is a bit too much (it's too bitter) - maybe start with 2 tablespoons and add more as needed. Also, as suggested by another reviewer, 2 teaspoons of coffee is probably enough. Good luck.


15 Ratings

Dec 16, 2012

I'm reviewing these again after making them a second time. This time, they were perfect. Absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the coffee part: instead of regular instant coffee I used 2 packets of Starbucks VIA vanilla flavored instant coffee. You can buy this in the grocery store or if not there, in your local Starbucks. I had a couple of packets left over from making iced coffee this summer and decided to try them in this recipe. I mixed them directly into the wet ingredients. Have no fears...the coffee completely incorporates into the wet ingredients. The rest of the recipe I followed exactly. The cookies were, dark, chocolatey and delicious. Really good. One of my favorites! Try these, but do try the vanilla flavored instant makes a huge difference.

Dec 04, 2007

Very good. I used 4 teaspoons of vanilla plus 2 teaspoons of water to dissolve the coffee in. I also added an extra 1/4 c. of flour and 1 tsp of cinnamon. (I like cinnamon with chocolate.) I also mixed in some 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips. I have eaten too many of these today!!!

Nov 29, 2004

This recipe has been a perennial Christmas favourite in my family for years - what a surprise to find it on this site. The only thing we do differently is to dissolve 2 tsp of instant coffee into 1 tbsp of hot water prior to adding it to the butter mixture (rather than adding 2 tbsp of instant coffee to the dry ingredients). Either way, give it a try - you won't be disappointed!

Dec 09, 2003

I've been searching for this recipe since Christmas 1982, when a friend brought these scrumptious things to a cookie swap. The recipe got lost as the years rolled on. We are thrilled to have found and baked these cookies. Can't tell you how happy we are! ENJOY!

Dec 17, 2010

They never firmed up a DRY AND CRUMBLY cookie. WILL NEVER MAKE AGAIN. I think it needs egg in there or something to bind the ingredients together.

Nov 25, 2007

Absolutely delicious! I added a dash more of the instant coffee to the recipe. I found these cookies practically melt in your mouth! These cookies aren't just for Christmas!! A great crowd pleaser!!


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  • Calories
  • 101 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 52 mg
  • 2%

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

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