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Beat butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar; beat until combined. Beat in water and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour and the nuts with a wooden spoon.
Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in a 325°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
Place powdered sugar in a plastic bag. While cookies are still warm, transfer two or three cookies at a time to the bag of powdered sugar. Gently shake cookies in powdered sugar until coated. Cool on wire racks. When completely cool, gently shake cookies again in powdered sugar.