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A bit delicate — they tend to break if shipped. This is a good gift to hand deliver, and perfect all wintertime! The kids love to help make these.

1 cup walnuts
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Confectioners sugar to cover

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Finely chop the walnuts in a blender or food processor, set aside.

2. Cream together the margarine and 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar. Add the vanilla extract or maple syrup. Stir in the flour, salt and chopped up nuts.

3. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake at 400 degrees until set but not browned- about 10 minutes.

5. Roll cookies in confectioner’s sugar while warm and then again when they’ve cooled.

Makes about 4 dozen.

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