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Snow White Nut Balls

Makes 2 ½ dozen

Ingredients

1 stick butter, softened

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1 cup finely ground walnuts, pecans or  hazelnuts

Confectioners sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F

Cream the butter and sugar together  in a bowl with an electric mixer. Beat in the vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour on low power. Stir in the nuts.

 With lightly floured hands break off small pieces the size of a whole walnut and form into balls. Place the balls on parchment lined baking sheets, about 1/2-inch apart.

 Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool cookies slightly.

Sift 1 ½ cups of confectioners sugar into a medium size bowl. Roll the cookie a few at a time in the sugar to coat them well. Let cool completely.

Wrap the cookies in groups of 4 in press and seal and place in freezer tins or plastic bags. Label and place in freezer. When ready to use, simply defrost.

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