Monday, December 17, 2007

RUSSIAN TEACAKES

Roll the dough into small balls.
Bake them.Dust them with powdered sugar.Do it again.Store them in tins.
Russian Teacakes are also called Crescents (shaped like a new moon), Mexican Wedding Cookies, Snowballs, and, the very creative name (which Gilmore Girl and I prefer), Little White Cookies.

1 cup butter (to make these vegan use 2/3 cup oil)
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

1½ cups flour
1 tsp. cornstarch
¼ tsp. salt
¾ to 1 cups finely chopped almonds--you can use walnuts but once you taste them with almonds you'll never use walnuts again

Additional powdered sugar

Mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla together well. Add dry ingredients and nuts . Shape dough into tiny balls. Chill. Place 1 inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until brown on the bottom, about 18-24 minutes--my oven takes about 21-22 minutes. Dust cookies once with powdered sugar while warm, then again after they've cooled. Makes about 4 dozen.

Note: I make the cookies into dough balls and keep them in the cold garage until needed to bake.

Store in a Christmas tin in the garage where it is cold. Sneak into the garage and eat a cookie when "the craving" strikes. Remember to brush off the tale tale powdered sugar that drops off the cookie onto your shirt.

3 comments:

peihome said...

My mom makes these - she calls them almond crescents - they are sooo good.
I've never made them, though. Must try soon!

Laura~peach~ said...

wonder how they would taste with pecans??? but really i just want to be one of your kids... REALLY!

Tierney said...

wow, maybe I could do these after all. they are so beautiful and delicious.