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Buttery Almond Balls

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Buttery almond balls are butter cookies with almonds and almond extract, along with candied red and green cherries for the holidays.

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 12 to 15 candied red and green cherries, halved


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the butter then beat sugar in gradually. Add the egg yolks and extracts and beat until fluffy. Stir in about half the flour; add the milk then beat well. Stir in the remaining flour and knead just until blended in.

Shape into small balls, roll in lightly beaten egg whites, then in the almonds. Place on greased baking sheets and press a half cherry into the center of each ball. Bake for about 20 minutes, until lightly browned on bottoms. Cool on rack.
Makes 24 to 30 buttery almond balls.

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 5 out of 5
Buttery Almond Balls, Member rissyface

I made this recipe about 5 years ago for my family and they LOVED IT! I haven't made it since because i lost the recipe and now i finally found it again on this site. they taste delicious and they look so pretty!!! I usually use both red and green candied cherries and mix them all up.

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