Amaretto Russian Tea Cakes with Almonds

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Serves: Makes about 3 dozen depending on size
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1 cup butter, do not sub
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbl. amaretto liqueur
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, packed
3/4 cup finely chopped almonds
1/4 tsp. salt
powdered sugar, enough to double-roll

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Kelly Williams Recipe
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Forked River, NJ (pop. 66,620)
Member Since Jul 2011
Kelly's notes for this recipe:
These are one of the most popular Christmas cookies out there! Whether you call them Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes, they are all wonderful! A tender round cookie filled with nuts and usually double-rolled in powdered suagr. Pure heaven!! A holiday cookie tray wouldn't be the same without them! :D (photo from bing images)
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Heat oven to 400ºF. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, amaretto and the vanilla and almond extract in large bowl. Stir in flour, coconut, nuts and salt until dough holds together. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. When cool, roll in powdered sugar again. Store in airtight container.

Makes 2 1/2-3 dozen depending on size. This last time I made them, I got 33 cookies.

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user Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Nov 15, 2011
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user JoAnne Burt flutterbye55 - Nov 15, 2011
oh my goodness Kelly, I am going to be a butter ball after trying all your delicious recipes. I love these cookies, my mom used to make them at Christmas time only, so they were always a treat. Poor Santa never got any of these.
user Kelly Williams Wildflours - Nov 15, 2011
Aw, poor Santa!!!! :(

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