Christmas cookie, oh Christmas cookie, how ever sweet you taste! Especially if you happen to be maple walnut butterballs, which are easy little concoctions just begging to be enjoyed with your favorite cup of Christmas tea. They are those delectable little melt in your mouth type of cookie, made with ground walnuts and butter and just enough maple syrup to sweeten them up. I promise that you won’t even mind when the powdered sugar that they are rolled in gets on your shirt, because the dreamy taste is all you will care about. Let’s make them!
These are the kind of cookie that you want to bake at a lower temperature just until they are baked through, kind of like the shortbread cookies I wrote about last week. (Yes, this is the time of year where it is just cookie after cookie after cookie in my house!) The dough comes together very quickly, and then you want to chill it in the fridge for a while so that it is firm enough to roll into adorable little balls. Once the butterballs are baked, roll them right away in that powdered sugar – I like to put the powdered sugar in a shallow soup bowl for maximum butterball rolling efficiency.
After that, all that’s left is the Eating Of The Cookies. If you have enough willpower to give some of them away, I like to pop them into a mason jar…the air-tight lid keeps the cookies nice and fresh for a few days. Although honestly, I can’t imagine them lasting a few days. A few hours is more like it, at least in my cookie-eating house.
So if holiday cookies are one thing that you haven’t yet crossed off of your to-do list, these maple walnut butterballs might be just the ticket!Print
- 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 cup walnuts, processed in the food processor until finely chopped
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 300 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Put butter into mixer and mix at medium high speed until creamed. Add syrup, followed by flour, salt and vanilla. Stir in walnuts.
- Chill the dough for at least one hour until firm. Scoop out dough to roll into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheets. Bake for 40 minutes.
- As soon as the cookies are cool enough to handle roll them in the powdered sugar. If you like, you can give them another coating of sugar once they are totally cool. Make sure to save some for the cook!