Monday, December 21, 2009

Russian tea cakes

These are really tasty and a family tradition. You can see the picture down there with the Bourbon Balls and Thumbprints. They look deceptively like the all-too-famous bourbon balls. They are both finished by rolling them in powdered sugar, and they are both one inch there you have it!

This recipe is in my mom's hand, on the back/inside of an envelope. It looks a lot like we are missing part of it. I may have to add to this for clarity, but for now....

Double it, it's a small batch. I think mine came in at around 30 cookies.

Set oven to 350 deg F bake 8-12 minutes. do not brown.

1 c butter - room temp
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 c sifted flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 c chopped walnuts (or pecans or other nuts)

The notes say, hands, stiffs? 1 inch un-greased.

I am pretty sure that means:
Mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla just to mix.
Slowly add flour, salt, then walnuts. Make into 1 inch balls. bake at 350 deg F for about 8-12 minutes. They won't be brown. Let cool a little, but before completely cool, roll in powdered sugar. Roll them again after they completely cool.

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