These easy to use 4 ingredient Walnut Balls (5 for the chocolate version) are a great snack for game day, an appetizer or a gift for any occasion.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 stick, softened
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 heaped cup of chopped nuts
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Optional chocolate drizzle: 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
Mix the butter, sugar and flour with a hand or foot mixer.
Add the nuts and salt and stir until combined. The mixture will crumble but stick to itself.
Roll the dough into small balls (about 1/2 inch in diameter) and place them on an ungreased baking sheet. (You can wet your hands to prevent the dough from sticking to you).
Bake at 275 degrees F for 45 minutes.
Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before transferring to an airtight container. These walnut puffs keep for up to a week on the counter or in the pantry.
To make the chocolate sauce: Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container. Put in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and heat in the microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate melts and can be stirred. Sprinkle the melted chocolate over the cooled nut balls or matte balls in the chocolate sauce.