This Walnut Butter Cookies recipe makes my favorite Christmas cookie! My mom made these every year as I grew up! I’m sure you’ll love them, too!
Walnut Butter Cookies Recipe
Fudge is my favorite Christmas candy and this is my favorite Christmas cookie. My mom made these every year. I remember getting up at 5 in the morning before everyone else to get ready for school. I would sit on the kitchen floor with my dog and pop one of these cookies into my mouth and then pop one into my dog’s. We both loved our early morning treat sooo much.
1 cup butter
6 Tbsp. sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup nuts
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Cream butter and sugar together.
- Add flour, vanilla and nuts.
- Roll into walnut sized balls onto a greased cookie sheet and lightly flatten.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven, place on waxed paper and sprinkle with or roll in powdered sugar.
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Grizzly Bear Mom
These cookies are outstanding! And make perfect teacher/sunday school teacher kind of gifts.
These cookies sure look good. Like snowballs too.
do you use self rising flour or all purpose?
all purpose. Usually all purpose is used in most recipes unless otherwise stated.
Are these also called Mexican Wedding Cookies?
They are similar. There are several countries that some recipes that are a lot alike. This recipe has been in my family for almost 100 yrs. and as far as I know there was no Mexican influence original with this recipe.
Looks like my kinda cookie recipe! Easy and good!
These cookies and wonderful and travel really well-they are good ones to mail, also. I’ve heard them called Russian Tea Cookies, too. But, they are delish!
Jill, Today is the Feast Day of St. Ambrose in the Catholic Church, and he is the Patron Saint of Gingerbread Makers, so I thought of you and your gingerbread cookies. May he send you a blessing!
I never knew there was such a person Bea. That is too cool.
these look delish .. thanks for sharing .. :D
These are yummy! In Minnesota, where I grew up, we called these cookies Swedish Heirlooms. They are also called Russian Teacakes. My mother made them every year, and so do I.
Jill, I thought it was real cool too when I found out there was a Patron Saint for gingerbread makers. I just found out this year, a few months ago, and immediately thought of you.
We call them wedding cookies in the south
I was wondering if these were the wedding cake cookies my Dad makes (NC). He can’t make cookies this year do to arthrits. I am going to make this recipe for him and take them to him tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
funny how names of things change with the areas.
my grandmother had a recipe for Radio pudding, she got it off the radio one time and never called it anything else. Was kind of hard finding the recipe later because I never knew the proper name. All people of her generation in that town called it radio pudding.
another bar cookie I got one day while selling girl guide cookies and talking with an older lady was for Matrimonial Bars. I was quite impressed and went home and asked mom if I could make them. She said sure and read the recipe to see if we had everything and said they are just date squares. I sure like matrimonial bars as they sounded so grown up and exotic.
We call your biscuits tea biscuits in Ontario anyway and I think all across Canada but not sure. I think tea biscuits came from the British war brides and maybe that was to differentiate them from scones.
I love hearing different names for the same foods keep you guessing.
add mexican wedding cookies to the pot:)
Add some rum and they are called Rum Balls.
We use pecans and call them Pecan Sandies.
Made these wonderful cookies…they are not to sweet for a diabetic.. didnt get that fuzzy head feeling as with other cookies. I couldnt stop eating…cant wait to make more….thanks for all the good recipes I get off your website. wanda
I don’t feel so bad now because I can’t stop eating them either. They are like potato chips once you pop one in you are reaching for the next one. These are one of my favorite Christmas cookies too and they are so easy to make.
I’ve made these with sunflower seeds and they are yummy. I’m going to toast some sesame seeds and try that.
Oh and I found the radio pudding recipe! Looks yummy!
My mom called these Mexican wedding cookies. Loved them too & her.
Can you freeze these cookies? And if so would you dust with icing sugar after you thaw??????
You can freeze them and I would sprinkle them before freezing and maybe give them a second light powdering when you get ready to use them if you think they need it.
New England Flybaby
This recipe looks scrumptious! I have a really dumb question. How long should I let these cool, before rolling them in the powdered sugar? I really enjoy your blog, by the way. Thank you!
I just put mine straight from the cookies sheet on to wax paper as soon as they come out of the oven and using a sifter I sprinkle the powdered sugar right on to them. Some times after they cool I will sift them again but usually once is enough. If you don’t can use something like an old spice bottle with powdered sugar in it if you don’t have a sifter. You also can roll them in the sugar I just don’t because the cookies are warm and it takes more time to do them that way but there is nothing to say you can’t . What ever is easiest for you. Hope that helps.
New England Flybaby
Thanks very much! Can’t get any easier than that. :D
These cookies sound yummy, I’m going to try them for the first time…
The cookies are really really good…don’t know the with the cookies supposed to have … they came out with a little bit of moisture in the middle not sure if the cookies are a little bit raw or that’s about it..thank you
Be sure to flatten them a little. Many recipes leave them more in balls and even the picture makes them look like balls but I take my fingers and flatten them down to thick discs. Your oven make cook at a slightly different temp too so next time be sure to flatten them and cook them for a couple of minutes longer because they shouldn’t be moist in the middle.
I had been looking for this recipe for treats my step mother used to make them but we call them Russian tea cookies num num num
I grew up in the Midwest, in Indiana. My mom and grandmother always called these cookies “wedding rings”. I have no idea how the cookies got that name, unless maybe due to their shape and the powdered sugar?
My Sicilian mother always made them at Christmas. She called them “wedding balls” and rolled them in powdered sugar while still warm. It makes them have like a soft sweet layer before you get to the cookie part. She then sprinkled with more powdered sugar. Also, my mom always used vanilla and almond extracts in them. It adds so much depth to the flavor. Always were my favorite as a child.
She also made huge Italian lemon and anisette bars which had a bit of glaze—-which I see now in stores as “biscotti”. Hers were amazing, tasty, soft, large and held together as we always dunked them in coffee or tea. One of those dunked in a hot drink was an amazing treat as we watched the Rose Parade on TV in our bathrobes. Memories.
Oh my gosh, these are the exact cookies I learned to make when I was in cooking class back, way back, in the seventies This is the only the second time I come across them. Thanks
Yes Mary these are about my favorite cookies and it has been in my family for almost 100 yrs so it is an oldy
Can I substitute a GF flour for the powdered walnut balls. I’m thinking it should be fine
I am not sure Teresa. You could try it and see. What often happens the texture is not the same at all and sometimes changes not only the texture but the taste. You could experiment if you want.