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Malawi Peanut Balls (Mtedza)

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I’ve never really liked peanut butter. Peanut butter is just so rich and sticky, and only really tastes good when paired with lots and lots of jelly and bread. However, these cookies are crumbly and buttery and just taste so good. They remind me of peanut shortbread.

I originally intended for this post to go with “Alphabet Around the World,” but these were too good to wait until the letter “M”. They’re cute bite-sized treats – perfect for a tea party or the like.

Malawai Peanut Balls

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • Powdered Sugar
  1. Chop the roasted peanuts into fine pieces. (I think a food processor might work for this, however be careful not to over-process, or you will end up with peanut butter.)
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Stir in the vanilla, salt, and crushed peanuts.
  4. Stir in the flour.
  5. Divide into 2 tablespoon sized portions (easiest with a small ice cream scooper) and roll into balls.
  6. Bake at 350, for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. While they are hot, roll in powdered sugar.
  8. Place on a rack and allow to cool completely.
  9. If desired, roll in powdered sugar again.