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Noel Nut Balls

Mrs. Kostyra's noel nut balls have been a Kostyra family favorite for as long as Martha can remember.

  • yield: Makes about 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon or orange juice
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (best if chopped by hand)
  • 1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and honey until fluffy. Add bourbon, and beat to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pecans, confectioners' sugar, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and beat to combine. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3 hours.

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpats (French nonstick baking mats) or parchment paper. Roll the dough, 2 teaspoons at a time, into balls. Place on prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between them. Bake until brown around the edges, 12 to 13 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Roll in confectioners' sugar to coat.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (9)

  • 8 Dec, 2013

    I used a melon baller and got 5 dozen wonderfully sized cookies with no problem. These have become my Christmas tradition. They remind me of Danish Wedding Cookies.

  • 23 Dec, 2010

    I saw a great tip on the show that is not mentioned here. Before wrapping the dough in plastic form it into a flat disk. When you remove the dough from the refrigerator cut it using a grid pattern into about 1 inch cubes. Then you can take each cube of dough and roll it between your two palms to form the ball. This doesn't make anywhere near 5 dozen, I got 3 dozen cookies.

  • 23 Dec, 2010

    This is a great recipe. Everyone loves them and they are easy to make. My only complaint is the claimed yield of 5 dozen. I don't make them too big and yet I've never got more than 3 dozen. To get 5 dozen you would need to make them the size of a marble.

  • 6 Dec, 2010

    Thanks for re-running this recipe on your Christmas Cookie Special! It is superb and will be our family favorite for years to come!

  • 6 Dec, 2010

    Thanks for re-running this recipe on your Christmas Cookie Special! It is superb and will be our family favorite for years to come!

  • 18 May, 2010

    These are YUMMY!

    I made up my own variation of them, that I called "Noel Nib Balls"
    Make the cookies according to the recipe above, substituting 1/2 cup of cocoa nibs (roasted cocoa beans) and 1/4 cup of pecans for the 3/4 cup of pecans listed.

    Add cocoa powder to the powdered sugar used for coating the baked and cooled cookies.

    A chocolaty treat with no additional fat!!! These were the hit of my Christmas Cookie platters!

  • 19 Dec, 2008

    I made thse for Christmas thinking that these were a type of Bourbon Balls. They were ok...not great. Mine turned out like Cookies, Not at all what I was expecting. Don't overcook...take out of the oven before the edges turn brown...they taste good...just not expecting cookies!
    Merry Christmas!

  • 16 Dec, 2008

    I made these on Sunday,

  • 16 Dec, 2008

    I've been looking for this version for years. My mom made it with orange juice. But her version, i thought had passed with her in 86'. Thank you Martha for giving it back to me.