Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Balls

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.
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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!
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Christmas Balls
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1 pound vanilla wafers, rolled
1 pound powdered sugar
1 stick oleo
One six-ounce can orange juice frozen concentrate
Coconut
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Mix and make into small balls. Roll in coconut.

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4 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Holy Cow Marge... That is my mother's recipe also. We call it Orange Balls. I make it every Christmas ---and my kids and grands love it. It's our TRADITION. AND--I've never seen this recipe anywhere else---so I thought it was only my mother's (and in her family)....

Where did your grandmother live??? All of my mother's family lived in southwest Virginia.

This is amazing....
Hugs,
Betsy
By they way, the Orange Balls are good with nuts in them also.

Marge said...

Oh Betsy - that is amazing! My Grandmother was originally from Indiana. I don't know where she got that recipe from, but it is one of the older ones in her cookbook. Maybe it was from your Mother!

Lynn said...

I have never heard of these, but they sound really good! Thank you very sharing.

Jamey said...

I have never heard of these either and I am going to try this recipe...thanks for sharing. :)