Cherry-Walnut Balls

4.0
(41)

Maraschino cherries fill these fluffy bite-size cookies, while powdered sugar and red edible glitter give them their snowy appearance.

Cherry-Walnut Balls
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
58 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
48 cookies

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped maraschino cherries

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts, toasted*

  • Red edible glitter (optional)

  • Powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Drain chopped maraschino cherries on paper towels; pat dry to remove any excess liquid. Set cherries aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup powdered sugar, almond extract, and vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour, the walnuts, and maraschino cherries.

  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes.

  4. If desired, stir some red edible glitter into additional powdered sugar. Roll warm cookies in the powdered sugar mixture to coat. Place cookies on wire racks; cool. If desired, roll cooled cookies in the powdered sugar mixture again before serving.

*Tip:

To toast nuts, preheat oven to 325°F. Spread nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until nuts are light golden brown, stirring once or twice. Cool completely.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

74 Calories
5g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 15mg 0%
Folate, total 11.5mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Related Articles