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Italian Butterball Cookies

Italian butterball cookies are soft, buttery, melt in your mouth deliciousness.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: butterball, cookies, italian
Servings: 20
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Don't Sweat The Recipe


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 oz pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar (up to 1/2 cup to coat)


  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Chop the nuts, set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream together the softened butter and 3/4 cup confectioners sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir in the chopped pecans. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until just incorporated. Scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake about 10 minutes or until firm. Watch closely, you don't want them to brown too much on the bottoms. Cool on the baking pan for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  • Place 1/4 cup confectioners sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll the cooled cookies in the confectioner's sugar to coat.


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg