Butterball Cookies


This Butterball Cookie recipe has been passed down in my family for three generations. There are no eggs in these cookies and the nuts and powdered sugar are optional. I have been making these Butterball Cookies with my Christmas Cookies for decades now.

These cookies are about as easy as it gets. I like to freeze them and take out what I need just before serving. I also like this recipe because it doesnโ€™t make a huge amount of cookies.




In a medium bowl, cream the butter with a large spoon.


Add the rest of the ingredients to the butter except the powdered sugar.

Stir with a wooden spoon.


Once it starts to form a ball, use your hands to bring it all together.

The warmth of your hands will make the perfect dough for rolling.


Roll dough into 1โ€ balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake in a preheated 275 degree (yes that’s the right temperature) oven for 40 minutes.

Cool cookies on the pan on a cooling rack.


Once cool, if you would like, roll in powder sugar or just enjoy as is.

Butterball Cookies




1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 cup finely chopped nuts, walnuts or pecans (optional)

1-2 cups powdered sugar, (optional)


Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Cream butter in a medium bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a large spoon. Once the dough starts to form a ball, use your hands to continue mixing. The heat from your hands helps it all stick together.

Roll into 1โ€ balls and place them onto an ungreased cookie sheet. You can place cookies as close together as you can but don’t let them touch. You should be able to get them all on one cookie sheet. Bake for 40 minutes then place the pan (with the cookies still on it) on a cooling rack.

Once completely cool, if you wish, roll in powdered sugar.

These freeze well. Freeze them without the powdered sugar. When you take them out of the freezer, while still frozen, roll in the powdered sugar if you wish.



Categories: Cookies


  1. These were a tradition in our home as I was growing up — and in my husband’s family… It is also something that kids can help with… In my husband’s family they sometimes put a touch of food coloring in the dough for Christmas… They are delicious!

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