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Catholic Recipe: Butter Balls


  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 2/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour


Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+



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These cookies are rich in butter taste, and look like peanut-butter cookies, with their criss-cross design.


Cream butter or margarine; slowly stir in sugar, beating well. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time. Stir in almond extract and flour, working with a wooden spoon to make a smooth, stiff dough. Shape into 1/2-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie to desired thickness by pressing, crosswise, with a lightly floured fork. Bake at 375┬░ for 10 minutes or until pale brown. Remove from sheet; cool on a wire rack. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965