Monday, December 21, 2015

Russian Tea Cakes

Christmas Cookie Countdown - Day 3
Do you have a favorite cookie? I usually pick out a “cookie of the year” which happens to be my favorite cookie from the new cookies I’m making during the Christmas season, and the cookie changes each year, but I have to admit I have a cookie that is my all time favorite. Russian Tea Cakes are the cookies I reach for most on any platter of cookies in front of me. Russian Tea Cakes are my all time favorite cookies.

My mom always made Russian Tea Cakes at Christmas time, so maybe it’s partially my memories helping make them my favorite, but I still really love the buttery powdered sugar goodness of my favorite cookie. This is my mother’s Russian Tea Cake recipe, and I still make them and love them.

Russian Tea Cakes
Printable Recipe
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
¾ cup finely chopped nuts (I use pecans or walnuts)
¼ teaspoon salt
powdered sugar

Beat butter and ½ cup powdered sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in flour, salt and nuts until dough holds together. Chill the dough for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack. Roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar. Cool on a wire rack and then roll in powdered sugar again to coat.

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