Russian Tea Cakes, or Russian Tea Cookies, AKA Mexican Wedding Cookies
Not long ago my son Bladen came home from his buddy's house talking about 'Russian cookies' and about how good they were. He waxed poetic about Andrea's (the mom of said Bladen-buddy) cookies, and finally said "they may be better than anything you bake, Mom".
His eyes immediately widened, and he realized he'd made the GREAT MISTAKE. He'd knocked his mama's cookies, and as far as I was concerned, Andrea could just bring it on. Of course, once I'd called her, and gotten her recipe and made it myself, I realized that I owed her a mental apology. Because these cookies rock. They really are that one perfect bite, the beautiful little sweet thing that has all the charm of an old fashioned tea party, yet are perfectly sublime and can make your eyes roll back in your head at the same time. Maybe best? They're super easy - stir together a few ingredients, roll the dolls into balls, and throw them in powdered sugar. I LOVE that part!
Bladen learned a valuable lesson. He knows now that if he finds something delicious, to bring it home and we'll learn to make it ourselves. Most things are just perfect when we can get in the kitchen and play with them. He'll maybe let you know himself. When I let him out of his room. Eventually.
1 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, to decorate
Preheat oven to 350F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and vanilla.
In a seperate bowl, sift together sugar and flour. Stir flour mixture into butter gently, just until blended, and scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Mix in the chopped walnuts.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and place them about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. When cool, roll in remaining confectioners' sugar. If you want a heavier coating of sugar, roll them in powdered sugar again.
Keep in a covered container for up to three days - or until your son learns to appreciate that whatever his Mama makes is always the best.
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