A round cookie that is dry and almost crumbly if miss handled. I made these for years in America and just discovered that Russians love these little cookies or cake as some people call them. I always referred to them as wedding cookies. So it seems that everyone has their own recipe for these cookies, but this one is full-proof and will make a delicious delight while drinking your favorite hot beverage…
Lets make Russian Tea Cookies:
1 cup of butter (make sure at room temperature – not straight out of the refrigerator)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sifted (powdered sugar) confectioner’s sugar (plus extra for rolling cookies in later)
2 cups sifted flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts (or nut of your choice)
Put butter, sugar, vanilla, flour, salt and nuts into a mixing bowl. Mix very well. I do it by hand but this is a tough to mix recipe so maybe using a low speed mixer would make sense. Once mixed thoroughly form chunks into dime to nickle size balls. Place on a greased baking sheet. (Some people like to flatten them with a fork at this point) Bake at 325 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. While still warm, roll in or sprinkle with some powdered sugar. Approximate yield: 8 to 9 dozen.
These are great with hot tea or coffee and if you desire a flavor change. Just add a different extract in stead of vanilla. I like to use a banana extract or a cherry extract. Yummy…
Windows to Russia!
PS: Make a diet version by using a sweet-n-low type sweetener in place of the powdered sugar and they still go great with your hot beverage…