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Noel Nut Balls

Recipe photo courtesy of Joseph De Leo

No holiday cookie tin would be complete without at least a few Noel nut balls, rich nut-and-butter domes, rolled in confectioners' sugar to resemble miniature snowballs. In Martha's family, the cookie dough was traditionally made with a touch of bourbon (or orange juice), for extra flavor.




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  • stillwellisland
    10 DEC, 2018
    Have already had to make this twice this year as the first batch disappeared like magic - love this recipe!!
  • sheilasu222gma
    30 NOV, 2015
    QUESTION: Can the dough be frozen for the nut balls? Thanks. Sheilasu
  • Foust the Mouse
    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.
  • Dariah
    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.
  • LennyRiver
    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.
  • Abramsbear44
    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!
  • Abramsbear44
    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!
  • TheresaXXX
    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!
  • tnsnakewmn
    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!
  • Marthafan76
    16 DEC, 2008
    I made these on Sunday,

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