Austrian Cake Balls

    1 hour 40 minutes

    These bite-sized, sugar-dusted treats are absolutely packed with ground nuts and make a wonderful accompaniment at morning tea time.

    14 people made this

    Makes: 48 balls

    • 250g butter, softened
    • 1/4 cup (30g) icing sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups (220g) almond meal or ground hazelnuts
    • 1 cup (120g) icing sugar for dusting

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1hour chilling  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Grease 2-3 baking trays.
    2. In a large bowl cream together the butter, 1/4 cup icing sugar and vanilla until smooth and light. Add the flour, salt, and almond meal and stir together until well combined. Chill dough for 1 hour then drop onto greased baking trays in rounded teaspoonfuls.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes then roll in icing sugar. Cool completely on a wire cake rack then roll in icing sugar once again.

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    these cookies are awesome. i found the recipe on this site 2 weeks ago and i've had to make them three times. i'll be making them again for the family christmas party this weekend. i only gave it 4 stars cuz they're a bit time consuming and messy (with all the icing sugar) but well worth it.just a quick note to add, i dredged them 4 or 5 at a time when they were still hot. this melts the icing sugar a bit and makes them a little sticky. i then dredge them again when warm. this ensures a generous coating of icing sugar that looks spectacular!  -  20 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I had 2 cups of leftover peanuts so I subsituted them, finely chopped, for the hazelnuts. The cookies came out great; they had a different flavor but were still just as rich and delicious!  -  18 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    love, love these tea cakes, i use regular sugar,my family and friend love them also, she ask for the recipe.  -  26 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)