Italian Nut Ball Cookies

Italian Nut Ball Cookie


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 2 egg yolks (reserve whites)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of nuts (chopped walnuts or pistachios)
  • Jam -- any flavor


  1. Combine sugar, salt, spices, butter and eggs (everything except the flour) and mix well for about 1 minute with an electric hand mixer.
  2. Gradually add flour blending on low speed or mixing by hand until fully incorporated.
  3. Portion dough into 1" balls.
  4. Beat the reserved egg whites slightly to give them a little volume.
  5. Roll the dough balls in the egg whites then roll them in the chopped nuts.
  6. Make a small depression in the middle of each dough ball before baking.
  7. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes until firm and light brown.
  8. Immediately remove cookies from cookie sheet and fill the center depressions with a small amount of jam.
  9. Allow jam to set before storing.

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