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I’m so excited for today’s post. This year, I participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This is the second year of the swap. The premise is simple, bake 3 dozen cookies and send them to three different bloggers. And in return, you get 3 dozen cookies from other other bloggers! Fun, right?!

I signed up without a clue of what I was going to make, I just knew I wanted to join in on the fun. After looking through 10 thousand different recipes, I settled on an old family favorite…Butterballs. Some of you may call them Snowballs. But, I call them Butterballs, so that’s what we’re going with here!

I bet you can’t guess the main ingredient in these cookies…it’s butter! Lots and lots of butter. So you know these are good. They are pretty simple to make. We usually just mix in some chopped walnuts in ours, but you can also add mini chocolate chips if you wanted.


I sent my cookies to three lovely bloggers: Linda of Tumbleweed Contessa, Carrie from Kiss My Whisk, and Kelli from The Corner Kitchen. Ladies, I hope these cookies made it to you safe and sound and that they were not in a million pieces!


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Yield: About 2 dozen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 lb. butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus extra for rolling the cookies in after they bake)
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth.
  3. Sift together the flour and salt. Add the flour gradually to the butter and sugar mixture until well-combined.
  4. Blend in the vanilla and the walnuts using your hands. Chill the dough for about 30 minutes in the fridge or 15 minutes in the freezer.
  5. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Form the dough into balls (or into crescent shapes) and place on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake cookies for about 14-17 minutes or until a very light golden brown.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool slightly. While still warm, roll each one in extra powdered sugar.



13 Responses to “Butterballs”

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    Ashley — December 12, 2012 at 7:04 am

    We clearly think along the same lines : ) I hope that my snowballs made it to you without breaking into a million pieces!

    • Stephanie replied: — December 12th, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

      Ashley! Yes, we do! I have been meaning to stop by your blog. I laughed when I opened your package and saw you made snowballs! Great minds do think alike! :)

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Don’t you just love the Great Cookie Swap? Nothing beats gettign a dozen or more cookies in the mail! Your Butter Balls look tasty!!!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — December 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Tis the season for butter. Lots and lots of butter. These look so good.

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    Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie — December 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I’m a frim believer that you can never have too much butter…

    There look quite tasty! I love that your family calls them butterballs – so cute! I bet your cookie swap peeps were happy to get these!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — December 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I wish I could bake something so I can join this kind of cookie swap (in order to get someone’s delicious baked goods!). Your butterballs look so pretty!

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    Ramona — December 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Pop.. pop.. pop… that’s just what I would do with these into my mouth. My tummy would thank you…

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    Janet@FCTC — December 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    These are one of the cookies that we make every single year and have been for…well, more years than I want to admit hehe. They are soooo good… buttery and sugary and and and… I think it’s time to go make these now. :-D

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    Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe — December 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    YUM! Totally pinning this!!!!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Oh my – these look dangerous to have around the house! I could eat a dozen of these and still want more!

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    Liz — December 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I would definitely be happy receiving these cookies! My recipe is called pecan crescents, but I make them into balls, too! So yummy!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — December 16, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I’m sad I missed out on the swap this year – I was afraid I would be too swamped, but seeing all these amazing cookies is making me jealous :) Great choice, these look delicious!

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    Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats — December 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    What fun! Would love swapping cookies anytime and these butterballs looks so good..could imagine them melting in my mouth.. Happy holidays!!!!

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