Some of my favorite Christmas memories revolve around spending time with Mom in the kitchen. Even as a small child, I was allowed to help out whenever she made cookies. In the days before food processors, we would use a rolling pin to crush vanilla wafers and nuts. We would place the nuts in a clean kitchen towel, fold it over and roll the pin over it until they were just perfect. It took a little longer than these days, but somehow we had more time. Time for memories and time for a little Christmas magic.
This recipe is from my Grandmother's collection. She lived 'up North' and would keep these Christmas Balls in a tin on the screened in back porch. When we would make them, we'd just leave them in one of the unheated rooms of the house. In the days of central heat and air, you might want to refrigerate them. That is, if they last that long!
1 pound vanilla wafers, rolled
1 pound powdered sugar
1 stick oleo
One six-ounce can orange juice frozen concentrate
Mix and make into small balls. Roll in coconut.
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