Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Russian Tea Cookies

I knew this day was coming.... And I'm not talking about the repetitive date of 12/12/12.  No. I'm talking about cooler weather. The past few days here have seen above average temperatures. Mid to upper 70's! Yeah, in December! It has felt more like Easter than Christmas.... But today is rainy and cold. Well, it's in the 50's. One man's cold is another man's comfort, but to me it's COLD! So what better way to spend the day than baking some cookies!  So, I turned on some Christmas music and prepared to get into the Spirit of the Season!

I usually bake an assortment of cookies during the Holidays and today I decided on an old favorite of mine, Russian Tea Cookies.  I got this recipe from my Mom, but I don't know where it originally came from. Now there is nothing extraordinary about these cookies.  No colorful sprinkles, no fancy shapes, no exotic flavors. They are really rather ordinary.  But I love them.

Russian Tea Cookies

2 sticks butter
1/4 teas. salt
1 cup powdered sugar
2 - 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teas. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream butter. Sift together dry ingredients.  Add to the butter and combine completely. Stir in vanilla and nuts.  Form small balls and press down slightly with your fingers. Bake slowly at 250 - 300 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes, until lightly browned.

I bake mine on parchment paper. These are ready for the oven.

Simple and delicious. They are crunchy, melt in your mouth good! And they're perfect for dunking in your hot tea or coffee. They go great with milk and eggnog too!

I made mine small, that way you can eat more than one!

Save some for Santa!

Maybe you will decide to give this recipe a try. If you do, I would love to hear what you think about them. I'll share another one of my cookie recipes next time. Until then, happy baking!


  1. Oooo, those look yummy delish!! I can almost smell them. You are inspiring me to get out my butter and sugar!!

  2. these look yummy will have to make when we get back from our vacation

  3. They are one pf my favorites too, sister.

  4. Thanks for the recipe... they look delicious!!