Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 9 mins

Nice little cookies that go perfectly with a good strong cup of tea.


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Beat butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon.
  3. Stir in flour and salt.
  4. Stir in nuts.
  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  6. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until set but not brown.
  8. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; roll in powdered sugar.
  9. Cool completely on wire rack.
  10. Roll in powdered sugar again.
Most Helpful

Yes, these are wonderful, Christmas cookies. Yes, they come from the 1956 edition of Betty Crocker. The actual directions instruct to chill the dough, and bake them for 10-12 minutes. You don't have to put them 2" apart because they don't spread. I made them this Christmas (family tradition), and I did get 48 cookies out of the recipe.

Scrivener1 January 14, 2010

I have a question!? Is the powdered sugar one of the ingredients that I'm supposed to "mix in" to the batter? or is the 1/2 cup powdered sugar what I'm supposed to be rolling the balls in?

LDS Chef Ashlie December 29, 2008

These are the ones we've been making for 30 years. We all thougth these were handed down from our German grandmother, imagine the disappointment when we learned Betty C. was the originator. Althought these are perfectly fine & delicious cookies, I ONLY use pecans and double the batch with one half subbing the 1/2 cup of powdered sugar for brown sugar (light or dark--dark is more intense). Same process.

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