posted on Dec, 4 2003 @ 10:37 PM
Just made my "test batch" for this year's cookies.
Easy to make and really really tasty (tho not as tasty as something called "anzac biccies" according to OzChris & Kano...)
Russian Tea Cakes
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1/2 cup sifted confectioners' (powdered) sugar
1 t Vanilla
2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 t salt
3/4 c pecans, finely chopped
Extra sifted confectioner's sugar for covering cookies
Mix the butter, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla thoroughly together on medium speed until fluffy.
Mix in the flour and salt, in batches, on low speed. The dough will look crumbly. It's supposed to.
Stir in the pecans by hand.
Chill dough for an hour or two. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on lightly buttered baking sheet (cookies do not spread).
Bake at 400 degrees until set, about 9 minues. The tops should have just the slightest bit of brown to them.
Let rest for 5 minutes on the baking sheet.
While still warm, roll in confectioner's sugar. Cool on wire racks. Roll in sugar again.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.
Double the batch, they'll go quick.