I'm not quite sure why these are called tea cakes when they are in fact, tea cookies. But hey, to each their own right
All I know is that I call them delicious. Like, really delicious! On Julie's cookie scale these are right up there on the top of the list. Yep, that's how much I love em.
These are traditionally Christmas cookies. When my mother in-law came to stay with us over Christmas break she had made them. And I ate them. Every. Last. One.
Yes I know, I can be so selfish at times.
Since that time I've been craving them. Yes that's four months of craving a cookie that is so simple to make. After a quick email to the mother in-law, the recipe was now in my possession and I was free to bake away!
Russian Tea Cakes
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1C butter at room temperature
1/2c sifted confectioner's sugar
1 t vanilla
2 1/4C sifted flour
1/4 t salt
3/4 C finely chopped nuts (pecans are my nuts of choice)
1. mix thoroughly the butter, confectioners sugar, and vanilla. Set aside
2. Sift together the flour and salt, then stir into the butter mixture.
3. Add the 3/4 c. nuts and continue to stir until evenly dispersed
4. Chill the dough for about an hour
5. Once ready, roll dough into 1” balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
6. Bake at 400 degrees until set and light brown (10-12 min)7. While warm, roll in confectioners sugar. Cool, then roll in confectioner's sugar again.