December 18, 2012

Russian tea cakes

I was happy to be back home and get in the holiday spirit again. Aside from catching up with my chores (it always seems endless coming back from a vacation :-) I spent the past week in the kitchen baking a few holiday treats. This was my first attempt at making Russian Tea Cakes or cookies which I read have many similar versions around the world. They must be the easiest cookies to make. Just mix up all the ingredients, form into balls then bake. They were buttery and sweet, just perfect for a relaxing afternoon tea time.

(adapted from Betty Crocker Russian Tea Cakes recipe)

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup almond flour or finely  chopped nuts (I used almond flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar (for coating)

Preheat oven to 375F. Cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla, flour and nuts until mixture comes together and forms a soft cookie dough. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls then place on baking sheets 1 inch apart. Bake 10-12 minutes until set but still light colored. Remove from cookie sheet then roll in powdered sugar while still warm then roll again to coat evenly. Serve with hot tea.

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