We call them snowball cookies because that's exactly what they look like, but they are also known as butterball cookies, Russian tea cakes and Mexican wedding cakes.
I think these are some of our most requested cookies, probably because they are a little more labor intensive (rolling out the balls) and hardly anyone makes them any more. They are most definitely worth it, though.
1 lb. butter, softened
3/4 c. confectioners' sugar
2 c. finely chopped walnuts
2 tsp. vanilla
4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Additional confectioners' sugar, sifted, to roll the warm cookies in
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Blend butter and confectioners' sugar.
Mix in vanilla.
Slowly mix in flour- dough will be stiff.
Add chopped nuts.
Roll into 1 inch balls.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet (we like to line with parchment paper)
Bake 15-20 minutes til lightly golden- do NOT overbake
Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar
When cooled off, roll in confectioners' sugar.