Noodles and Butterballs

This is my mom and niece making the butterballs.

Carlotta recently commented on the HarvestHER Facebook page Christmas giveaway that making Noodles and Butterballs was a family tradition she enjoyed. I encouraged her to share the recipe. Thank you, Carlotta, and Merry Christmas!

Hi, HarvestHer!

I’m a farmer’s wife in Copeland, Kansas, which means a home-based HarvestHER in June, September and October. I enjoy following you on Facebook.

This is the recipe for Noodles and Butterballs handed down to me from my Grandmother, Freda Schick Deal. She was a first generation American whose parents had immigrated from the Volga region of Russia to Shattuck, Oklahoma. This is a common meal for that culture.


Make egg noodles and cut very thin, the size of spaghetti.


8 cups toasted, dried bread crumbs

1 large or 2 small eggs

½ teaspoon allspice

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup heavy cream

Mix all together and form into balls about the size of walnuts. Cook in boiling chicken broth until done. Add noodles and cooked chicken or turkey and cook until noodles are done. Butterballs should not fall apart. If they do, add another egg.

Carlotta Patterson

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