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4.4 from 23 votes

Cranberry Walnut Cookie Balls

Course: Christmas Cookies, Cookies, Desserts
Author: Terri


  • 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 6 Tbs sugar, 3/8 cup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 cups walnuts, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup Craisins┬« dried cranberries, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325┬░.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla on medium speed until creamy.
  • Gradually beat in flour and salt until just blended.
  • Add walnuts and dried cranberries. Stir.
  • Using a 1" cookie scoop, or with clean hands, roll into 1" balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets 1 inch apart.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes just until bottoms are lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven.
  • While cookies are baking, pour powdered sugar into a shallow bowl or pie plate.
  • Roll 4-5 hot cookies at a time into the powdered sugar until each cookie is well coated.
  • Place cookies on wire rack to cool completely.


Mostly adapted from The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook, pg 301