This version is what Paul’s mom used to make at Christmas time each year. As we were discussing our favorite family traditions, he mentioned these cookies. So here is our version.
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
1 cup powdered sugar, for coating
Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Add vanilla and beat well.
Add flour and walnuts. Mix well.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place on a silpat covered cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool 3-5 minutes; roll in powdered sugar while still warm and set back on the cookie sheet to cool completely.