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Walnut Balls Recipe

Walnut Balls

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"This is an old, old recipe that has been in the family for years. The origin is unknown. Recipe uses very little sugar in it and is rolled in superfine sugar to sweeten."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Cream the sugar and butter. Add flour, nuts, salt and vanilla. Mix well. Batter will be very crumbly.
  3. Shape into 1 inch balls. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool for 3 minutes. Roll in super fine sugar. When cool, roll again, if desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 05, 2008

These walnut balls were good, but I will make some slight changes next time. 1) The walnuts should be very, very finely chopped or ground. I will grind. The medium chop I did was not delicate enough for these balls and chunks should not be present. 2) The recipe could use a tablespoon or two more butter. They were too crumbly and became dry after a couple days. Also, don't be fooled by the small amount of sugar called for. When you roll them in sugar, they take on much more sweetness. Stick with the 2 tablespoons.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 25, 2006

These weren't hard to make but they did crumble and fall apart a lot. It was delicious and my father loved them but I would have loved to have had a better presentation.


37 Ratings

Nov 29, 2006

I have been making these for Christmas since I found them on this site in 2002 and my family and every one loves these. I put the chopped walnuts in the blender and pulse it a few times to get a finer texture. I then use a Tsp to measure the dough to make them a nice smaller size then 1 inch balls the recipe calls for and I get 5 1/2 dozen cookies. The best part is that I can get all of them on one cookie sheet(They don't spread so you can place them close to one another) I bake them for 12 minutes. Beautiful!

Dec 10, 2007

If you like shortbread and nuts, this will do the trick. I think the recipe needed more vanilla (additional tsp) and maybe an egg yolk. It's elegant and well-presented at parties. And sturdy enough to make a good gift. I wouldn't really call it a cookie in the American aspect. Seems to be of British origin. Goes well with coffee and tea. Do NOT substitute butter for margarine. The flavor of the butter and vanilla are essential to the recipe. Overall, good.

Jan 25, 2011

My husband ate them all and was looking for more! I didn't have superfine sugar, so I rolled them in confectioner's sugar. I used my pampered chef medium scoop to shape the balls. We loved the look and taste. I will double or even triple the recipe next time as they did not make nearly enough.

Jan 01, 2005

Although this is the second time I am reviewing this I just had to do it again after all the compliments from my extended family at the holidays. Today I went and visited to pick up my serving dishes from the various parties and so many people said they loved these. Again I substituted about 1/4 cup white flour with cocoa powder to make them chocolate walnut balls. Yum. These are so easy and a good addition to your holiday cookie plate.

Nov 03, 2003

DELICIOUS!!! I substituted pecans for the walnuts and topped with a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon. So easy to make, too!!!

Nov 16, 2010

These were excellent. My daughter, who usually eats like a bird, kept asking for more. I did use a little less flour than the recipe called for, just so I could be sure and keep them from crumbling. Like someone else mentioned, you can fit them all on one cookie sheet since they don't spread. Easy to make and delicious- I will be making them again at Christmas time for sure!


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  • Calories
  • 216 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 14.1 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 79 mg
  • 3%

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

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