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Italian Butterball Cookies

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars

"These holiday cookies are perfect for people of any age. They are good as a quick snack or dessert. Don't worry, they are not balls of butter. They are smooth, chewy, and delicious cookies. This is an old family recipe that is loved by all. Hopefully you like them too!"
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55 m servings 43
Original recipe yields 48 servings (48 cookies)


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  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Beat together the butter and 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and mix into the butter mixture until just incorporated. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet spaced about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Spread the 1/4 cup confectioners sugar on a plate; roll the cooled cookies in the confectioners' sugar to coat.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 43 calories; 2.1 5.6 0.6 9 36 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Love this recipe. They were very easy to make and eveyone at the party thought they were wonderful.

Most helpful critical review

These cookies are nothing like the italian cookies I would get in NY at the bakeries. They taste okay, a little on the dry side. Will keep looking for a better recipe.

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Love this recipe. They were very easy to make and eveyone at the party thought they were wonderful.

Being married to a man, who is 100% Italian, brings about challenges, when trying to find a "true" Italian recipe. I have had these cookies at various family functions, and I have to say that t...

I needed to make something for a church social with an Italian theme. These were easy and quick. The look and taste great. I doubled the recipe and used a small disher to measure them out. U...

Easy to make and tastes great although no matter how I tried I could only get 36 cookies from the recipe not 48 as indicated.

I added crushed walnuts to the recipie...just like my Italian grandmother used make. Delicious!

these were yummy! i added in mini chocolate chips and chopped maraschino cherries (dried off with a paper towel) to the batter and it adds a little extra yumminess! :)

These cookies are delicious!! I needed a recipe for an Italian themed youth group dinner and chose this cookie. Fabulous!!!! I did not get 48 cookies out of one batch, but 36. Thanks !!!! ?I als...

Delicious and easy!

My family loved this recipe! PErfect for a get-together!