Snowballs (Russian Tea Cakes)

Sea Sun

By
@Seasun

My grandmother used to make these every Christmas and since then, I have made them every holiday season.

They used to be my very favorite Christmas cookie when I was a child which is saying a lot, since she used to make dozens of different types. I like to think I am passing along the tradition.

I have made one change from her original recipe, although I am sure she would be just as pleased with my version!

These are a definite hit and we usually go through them before Christmas arrives and consequently, I end up making another double batch!

Enjoy!


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Serves:

4 dozen

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 c
butter (at room temperature)
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla
1/2 c
confectioners' sugar (sifted, plus extra)
2 c
flour
1/4 tsp
salt
1 c
pecans (finely chopped)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2
Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla then gradually add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
3
Sift the flour, measure, then sift again with the salt. Add gradually to the butter mixture. Add the pecans and mix well.
4
Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes, or until edges are very lightly browned.
5
Remove the cookies from the baking sheets. After 5 minutes, roll in powdered sugar while still hot. Cool completely and roll again in powdered sugar before serving.
6
Store in covered container.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom