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Lions’ Plate: Simple Nut Butter Balls

By Shannon Deady

After last week’s sweet and savory Easter pie, I decided to continue the trend of traditional dessert recipes with an even sweeter treat. These nut butter balls are a family classic passed down from my great-grandmother, and one of the easiest cookies to make with only six ingredients. Small and dainty, these butter balls look like they came straight out of an old-school Italian bakery.

Makes: 14 cookies


-1 cup soft butter

-1/2 cup granulated sugar

-1/4 tsp salt

-2 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tsp almond

-2 cups sifted flour

-1 1/2 cups walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place walnuts in food processor or blender and chop until smooth.
  3. Mix butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Once creamy add salt, extract of choice, flour and chopped nuts. Mix until combined.
  4. Refrigerate dough for about 10 minutes or until easy to handle.
  5. Dust cutting board with flour and shape into small balls about an inch each.
  6. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until light brown.
  7. While warm, roll in powdered sugar.
  8. After they have cooled, sprinkle with more sugar and enjoy.


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