Whatever it is, they are delicious. And I am amazed how easy it is to make these bad boys. So easy that it was terrifying, because I made over 200 over these f*ckers. Powdered sugar... everywhere. Sheet pans... Everywhere... Balls.. all over the place. But with that said, it was a crowd pleaser. Well, everyone was raving about it. Unless they were all lying to me, which could be a possibility as well.
I am happy that my friend, Frances Yakota, was kind enough to share her recipe with me. I did made some alterations due to the ingredients that I already own at home.
- 2.5 cups of unsalted butter, room temp.
- 1.5 cups of powdered sugar
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 3 Cups of chopped nuts
- The first batch I made, I used 2 cups of pecans and 1 cup of walnuts (preferred)
- The second batch, I used macadamia nuts only.
- 5.5 cups of flour
- Extra powdered sugar for rolling the balls
First things first. Preheat your oven to 400 and make sure your rack is centered or 3/4 up.
In your Kitchen Aid, mix the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla extract together. Next thing, add the nuts then SLOWLY add the flour. I am a terrible recipe follower. So of course, I added all the flour in at once then turned on the mixer. Flour was everywhere! Mother F*ck!
Ok let's move on because I am pretty sensitive about that right now.
Form your balls. I like mine a little smaller so I can pop them into my mouth with one bite. They don't rise too much so don't be too worried about spacing them too much on your tray. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes. The cookies should still be white, and sometimes, just a hint of color. Let your cookies rest a little before rolling them in powdered sugar to avoid gloopy balls. After the cooled again, roll them in sugar one last time to seal the balls.
I packaged these cookies in small tins as well as mason jars. They make a really thoughtful gift as well as it being appealing to look at. Everyone is going to think you spent a lot of time on these. Which by the way you kind of did.
These tea cookies are great with black coffee or espresso. I left a bunch on a tray for the scavengers at our agency. You would be surprised.
Enjoy & Happy Holidays!