Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian tea cakes appeared in Russia in the 18th century and were used in tea sharing ceremonies. Now you see them everywhere at Christmas. Similar cookies/pastry are the Mexican Wedding Cakes, Pecanballs, Snowballs and Butterballs.

1 cup Butter
1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 cup Pecans Chopped Fine
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 cups Flour

Preheat Oven 350 F.

Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt, beat until well blended. Stir in the flour and pecans.
Shape into 1-inch balls place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 12-15 minutes then roll while hot in remaining powdered sugar.
Cool on wire rack then roll again in powdered sugar.

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