1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal flour (*Do not use self-rising flour.)
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
Confectioners' sugar

Heat oven to 400F. Mix thoroughly butter, 1/2 cup sugar and the vanilla. Work in flour, salt and nuts until dough holds together. Shape dough into 1" balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. While warm, roll in confectioners' sugar. Cool. Or roll in colored sugar before baking.

About 4 dozen cookies.

Ambrosia Balls: Substitute 1 cup flaked coconut and 1 tbsp grated orange peel for the nuts.

Surprise Candy Teacakes: Decrease nuts to 1/2 cup. Cut 12 vanilla caramels into 4 pieces each or cut 1 bar (4oz) sweet cooking chocolate into 1/2" squares. Mold portions of dough around pieces of caramel or chocolate to form 1" balls.