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Top Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Russian Teacakes

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DAY 4: Russian Teacakes

These are a nostalgic cookie for me. My mom made these for Christmas EVERY year, and we ALWAYS got to help rolls the balls of dough in the colored sugar.

The real reason I am doing a “best of” series this year is so that I can go back and look at pictures of my littles who are not so little anymore. And how they liked to help in the kitchen, just like I did as a child. They still like to cook, but are much more independent now. (This one just started high school.)  Photo circa 2009:

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These are also called Mexican Wedding Cookies, but those usually only come rolled in white powdered sugar. We love the festive colors of Christmas.

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Rows of cooling cookies just make me happy!

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ORIGINAL BLOG POST (2009): Russian Tea Cakes


RECIPE:

Russian Tea Cakes

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1 cup butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
2 ¼ cups flour
¾ cup finely chopped pecans
Red & Green granulated sugar or Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on low speed of a mixer for 1 minute. Add flour; mix just until combined. Stir in nuts. Roll into 1” balls. If using colored sugar, roll balls in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 9-11 minutes, until firm to touch, but not brown. If using powdered sugar instead of color sugar, roll cooked cookies in powdered sugar while still warm.

Makes 5-6 dozen cookies

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Russian Tea Cakes

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DAY 10: These are my kids’ favorite Christmas cookies. They call them “Red and Green Ball Cookies.” Even the child who thinks she hates nuts loves these cookies. They were one of the cookies that I loved to make with my Mom every Christmas. They are a lot of fun to make with kids, even if they do leave your fingers (and the lips and tongues that lick those fingers) stained red and green for the next 24 hours.

DSC05070 Yes, Little J did roll all of these cookies in sugar for me. She’s an awesome helper!

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Also called Mexican Wedding Cookies, these cookies can be made all year round without the red and green sugar. Just bake them plain and then roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar.

Russian Tea Cakes

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
2 ¼ cups flour
¾ cup finely chopped pecans
Red & Green granulated sugar or Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Beat butter, sugar, vanilla and salt on low speed of a mixer for 1 minute. Add flour; mix just until combined. Stir in nuts. Roll into 1” balls. If using colored sugar, roll balls in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until firm to touch, but not brown. If using powdered sugar instead of color sugar, roll cooked cookies in powdered sugar while still warm.

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TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES RECAP:
DAY 1:
Swedish Peppar KaKar
DAY 2: Mint Oreo Cookies
DAY 3: Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies
DAY 4: Cherry Nut Mudslides
DAY 5: Snickerdoodles
DAY 6: Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies
DAY 7: Peanut Butter Kisses
DAY 8: Peppermint and Vanilla Butter Cookies
DAY 9: Chocolate Rolo and Andes Chocolate Mint Cookies

 

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