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Home for the Holidays

December 21, 2009

Hooray! First semester of Junior year– done! I just escaped the HUGE east coast blizzard in time to make it home to California. 15 degrees to 78 degrees… is this even the same country?

But hot or cold, it’s still the holidays. After doing 5498793 weeks worth of laundry, I decided there was no time to waste–let’s bake!

These cookies are a tradition in my family. My mom’s favorite to bake, my favorite to eat. They are unbelievably simple and require only a few ingredients. They go by many names, we stick to Russian Tea Cakes.

Gather your (6!) ingredients, and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Finely chop your nut of choice. We use walnuts, pecans would work too.

Mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla.

Mix in flour, salt, and nuts…

…until dough holds together.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls.

Place about i inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until set but not brown.

It helps with these guys (because they don’t change color really) to just check  their bottoms. If lightly browned and crisp, you’re good to go!

Roll in powdered sugar while still warm to get a nice, sugary base coat.

Let that first wave cool.

Then, roll in powdered sugar again! Yummm.

Mmm, white powedery goodness.

Yay! Cookies!

You know what comes next…

Wishing you a very happy holiday, and much more holiday goodness to come from the kitchen!

These cookies literally melt in your mouth. They are heavenly, plain and simple.

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe (From Betty Crocker’s Cookbook)


1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cup all purpose or whole wheat flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3.4 finel chopped nuts (walnuts work best)

Powdered sugar to coat.


Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla. Mix in flour, salt, and nuts until dough holds together.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until set but now brown, 10-12 minutes.

Roll in powdered sugar while warm; cool. Roll in powdered sugar again.

With all this free time expect a lot more yummy things in the near future!


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy permalink
    December 21, 2009 11:46 am

    nom nomssss. matt’s mom just made those the other night actually. we ate them all!

  2. kittykat. permalink
    December 21, 2009 3:51 pm

    1. you would make sure christmas lights were in the background of the 8th picture. 🙂

    2. the last picture is sooooo cuuute! i love it and your tree in the background!!

  3. adoptmepaula permalink*
    December 21, 2009 7:05 pm

    haha how funny matt brought these over for latkas at my house! these pictures are beautiful libby, you’re going to have to teach me your skills!


  4. December 23, 2009 5:23 am

    Awesome site, I’m glad I wandered here through google I’m going to definitely have to put this one on the old bookmark list 🙂

  5. January 13, 2011 8:06 am

    These are similar to what I made. ❤ the photo of you guys enjoying your hard-earned treat together XD.

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