Walnut Balls Cookie Recipe


It’s recipe time again!  Before I go on to this month’s recipe, a quick aside: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I was lucky enough to visit Ireland in 2004, and invite you to view some of my travel photos by clicking here.  I hope to return to the Emerald Isle some day.

Okay, on to the baking!  The recipe is one I’ve adopted from my friend, Carie Quigley, and the recipe came from her mom, Byrn Burch.  Carie baked these cookies for a holiday gathering I attended some years back, and I was so happy when she agreed to share the recipe!  This recipe is similar to cookies I’d been buying from bakeries for years, but I never had the “blueprint” to make my own.  I’d like to thank Carie for sharing her beloved mother’s recipe, and for letting me share it with all of you.

Carie’s mom usually baked these cookies in December for the holidays, but they’re dee-lish year-round.  And because they’re dainty and dressed in powdered sugar, they’d be a perfect addition to tea party refreshments or the goodies served at bridal and baby showers.  I knew they’d look darling on the shamrock-speckled saucer I recently acquired, which is why I’m sharing this particular recipe this month.


Walnut Balls Cookie Recipe

1 cup soft margarine
2 cups unsifted flour
1 ½ teaspoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup confectioner’s sugar
Additional confectioner’s sugar to roll the cookies in

Yield: approximately 6 dozen cookies
*Note: My cookies were a bit bigger than they should’ve been, so my yield was closer to 3 dozen.

Directions: Cream margarine and ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Roll teaspoonfuls of dough and put on cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.  While warm, roll cookies in confectioner’s sugar.  Let cookies cool, then roll them in confectioner’s sugar again.*


I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted March 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm by Terry | Permalink

    My mother has made these for Christmas every year since before I was born. Her recipe refers to them as Russian Tea Cakes. I have no idea how “Russian” they are. Mmmm-mmm!

  2. Posted March 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Agreed – no matter what they’re called they’re yummy!

  3. Posted March 18, 2011 at 8:24 am by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    I think you’ve brought these in to us before and they ARE delicious. My family also has a version of these; we should compare. Nice pics too!

  4. Posted March 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for the positive feedback, and for commenting!

  5. Posted March 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm by Kim | Permalink

    Those look so good!! Thank you so much for sharing these and to your lovely friend and her mother. I am looking forward to making these. I have seen similar ones in bakeries and I love them. Thanks soo much!! Yours look so good and pretty on the plate!

  6. Posted March 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm by Melody | Permalink

    I’m glad you enjoyed the post and like the recipe and photos. Thank you for the compliments, and for commenting!

  7. Posted December 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm by pam | Permalink

    Haven’t had these in ages. I may not get to make them for the holidays, but I am thinking of taking you advice and adding them to my Valentine cookie platters.

  8. Posted December 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm by Melody | Permalink

    The great thing about these cookies is they’re suitable anytime, so Valentine’s Day would be a perfect time to make them. Enjoy, and thank you for commenting!

  9. Posted December 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm by Kathryn | Permalink

    My grandma used to make cookies like these every Christmas, thanks for sharing your recipe – they look great! 🙂

  10. Posted December 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm by Melody | Permalink

    You’re very welcome – my pleasure! I’d only ever purchased these cookies until my friend, Carie, shared her mom’s recipe. Now I can make them whenever I like – yum! Thank you for stopping by, and for commenting!

  11. Posted October 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm by Majoretta Gallaher | Permalink

    Melody, thanks so much for this recipe i have had these at Christmas gathering that others has made and, i love them,But could never get the recipe. Now i can make as many as i want especially at Christmas. AGAIN A BIG THANK YOU. MAJORETTA

  12. Posted October 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm by Melody | Permalink

    My pleasure. :]