Monday, December 6, 2010

Noel Nut Balls

This recipe is a Martha Stewart one in the current issue of Good Housekeeping. I have always loved Mexican Wedding Cookies, and this is her version of one. I made them this morning and they were very easy and they are VERY yummy!

1 Cup unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbsp pure honey
1 tsp orange juice
2 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour
3/4 Cups chopped walnuts or chopped pecans
1/2 Cup sifted confectioners' sugar (plus additional for rolling)
1/4 tsp salt

*In large bowl, with mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and honey until fluffy. Add orange juice and beat until combined. In medium bowl, with wire whisk, mix together flour, nuts, confectioners' sugar and salt. Add to butter mixture and beat until combined. Gather dough and flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 hours.

*Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper (I did not have any and the cookies turned out fine). Roll dough, 2 teaspoons at a time, into balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake until browned around edges, 12-13 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely. Roll in confectioners' sugar to coat. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

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