Mom’s Chocolate Chip Butter Balls
It’s amazing how the smell and taste of certain foods can recreate a long-lost time or place. Or, in this case, a person.
Christmas reminds me of my mother – which might strike you as strange for a man with a Jewish mother.
But it’s true. My Jewish mother used to make these Chocolate Chip Butter Balls around Christmas and they came to represent that time in the year for me. I found her original recipe today and tried them out.
These are easy to make and a reliable crowd-pleaser. Take them as a hostess gift to your next party. The host will love them just as much!
How to make Chocolate Chip Butter Balls
Step 1: Combine 1 3/4 cups pastry flour (regular flour will do in a pinch), 3/4 cup of chopped pecans (almonds or walnuts will also do) and 1/2 a package of chocolate chips. Set aside.
Step 2: Cream 3/4 cup of butter. Add 1/4 tsp salt. Then, add gradually 1/2 cup icing sugar. Cream until fluffy. Finally, add 3/4 tsp of run extract (vanilla also works) and 2 tsp of cold water. Mix well.
Step 3: Gradually add flour mixture and blend. Make small dough balls approx. 3 cm in diameter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet or on parchment. Bake for 20 minutes at 325F. When balls are still warm (not hot) roll in icing sugar. Sprinkle icing sugar for serving.
Makes about 3 dozen balls, which should be enough for about 5-6 people with serious munchies.