I lost my Grandma earlier this year. I have never missed her more than this first holiday season without her here. This past Thursday would have been her 86th birthday. There was no better way for me to celebrate my Grandma’s birthday than to make her signature holiday cookies, and, most importantly, share them with the people I know. Since we recently moved to a new city, I decided to continue my Grandma’s holiday-cookie-giving-tradition with my new neighbors. One neighbor’s mother was visiting when they received them and she told her daughter, “These are the real deal!” My Grandma would be smiling.
These signature holiday cookies go by many names: Snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Pecan Butterballs. But in my family they are known as “Butter Balls.” My Grandma’s recipe is from her 1945 copy of “Women’s Home Companion Cook Book,” which she got after marrying; back when, as she put it: “I didn’t know how to make a thing!” Here is that original recipe that my Grandma would make almost every year while we were growing up. May it warm your hearts as much as it has mine 🙂
- Butter, 1 cup (2 sticks)
- Powdered sugar, 4 tablespoons
- Vanilla, 1 teaspoon
- Flour, sifted, 2 cups
- Nuts, chopped, 1 cup
My Grandma was the most happy when she baked for her friends and family. I’m doing my best to carry on that spirit of love and giving.
Happy Birthday Grandma!