Italian Butter Ball Cookies

Source: Noni Clara cir. 1970’s

Italian Butter Ball Cookies

These Italian butter ball cookies have been in my family since forever. To prove this fact, when I bake a batch of these delicious delights, and my kids try them, the first thing they say is, “These remind me of Noni”. This is the power of food, and the memories it triggers.

Back to the cookie…The butterballs are a fond memory of mine during the Christmas holiday’s, but they shouldn’t be limited to only Christmas. The simple fact, is there’s nothing Christmasy about these balls. Sure, their topped with powder sugar, but that’s the only thing.

My Noni would make these upon demand. They were said to be a family recipe, but I’ve found this recipe all over the internet. One thing that is distinctive about my recipe, is that it’s a very light, rich cookie. You can tell when it bakes, it doesn’t split. Additionally, this cookie also has chopped walnuts. I wouldn’t substitute another nut in this recipe, as the walnuts are perfect for it. This is a powerhouse recipe loaded with flavor, and delicacy. Something I hope you will keep in your family for years to come.

Italian Butter Balls

A delicious family recipe that everyone will love. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 40 balls


  • 1 cup butter soft at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 pack vanilla sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped


  • combine all ingredients and form cookies into small balls.  Let them sit in a chilled room, or outside for 3 hours
  • bake @ 325 F. for 15-20 min.
    when cool, roll in powder sugar. 
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