Walnut Christmas Balls

Seasonal > Christmas
Desserts > Shaped Cookies

1 cup California walnuts
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
Chocolate Filling (below)

In food processor or blender, process walnuts with 2 tablespoons of the sugar until finely ground; set aside. In large bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar. Beat in vanilla. Add flour and 3/4 cup of the walnuts; mix until blended. Roll dough into a bout 3 dozen walnut-size balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in preheated 350 degrees F. oven 10 to 12 minutes or until just golden around edges. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Prepare Chocolate Filling. Place generous teaspoonful of filling on flat side of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, flat side down, forming sandwiches. Roll chocolate edges of cookies in remaining ground walnuts. CHOCOLATE FILLING: Chop 3 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate into small pieces; place in food processor or blender with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. In small saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons each butter or margarine and whipping cream over medium heat until hot; pour over chocolate. Process until chocolate is melted, turning machine off and scraping sides as needed. With machine running, gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar; process until smooth. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen sandwich cookies