Friday, December 23, 2011

tea cake cookies


The white powder dusting on these cookies seemed to mirror the blizzard outside today! This is another favorite cookie found in the tins of family members who I bake for every year as my Oma used to do. I've seen many versions of this cookie, along with just as many different names for it. I keep it pretty simple and basic, though, following my own family's tradition as best I can.


~makes about 70 cookies

Ingredients:
1 Cup room temperature butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 Tablespoons powdered sugar, plus about 1/3 Cup for coating
2 Cups all purpose flour, organic unbleached
1 Cup ground walnuts


Method:
(Adorable baby helper recommended, but not required)

1. In a large bowl, mix butter and vanilla extract until smooth 

2. In a separate bowl, combine 6 Tablespoons powdered sugar and flour. Stir this into the butter

3. Mix in walnuts

4. Combine dough with hands until well-mixed

5. Pinch off pieces of the dough and roll into small bite-sized balls. Place on cookie sheet

6. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes

7. Cool slightly and coat generously in powdered sugar

13 comments:

  1. Hi. I just stopped by from CAF because I couldn't decipher your profile pic as a thumbnail. What a beautiful little cookie helper you have. I was raised with these cookies called Mexican wedding cakes and we used pecans instead of walnuts. My family eats them faster than I can make them.

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  2. Dear Jaime,
    the cookies looks very delicious.your little helper is soooooooooo sweet!!!
    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Fröhliche Weihnachten!
    love and hugs,
    regina

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  3. These look simply grand. Gotta get some walnuts!

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  4. It looks as though your adorable little helper will be carrying on the tradition! Wishing you and your family a very merry, peaceful and joyful holiday!

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  5. How very dear! Wish I had taken a picture of my boys hands when they were babies. It would have been so nice to make it a black and white or sepia toned picture and have it framed. Merry Christmas, Jaime! Hope your cookies taste just like your Oma's!

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  6. Hi rubymay, thanks for stopping by! That's my daughter's hand holding an egg in my profile pic! :)

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  7. Those are some of my favorite cookies too! Your adorable baby helper is just TOOO adorable!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  8. Adorable sous chef you have there! We're been making holiday gingerbread today - yum! Merry Christmas! xxxx

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  9. We made these yesterday too! beautiful pictures as always....

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  10. I love those cookies! Russian tea cakes is what I've always called them. So simple. So good!

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  11. What an adorable assistant! Those cookies to like something I should try. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Happy holidays, Jaime.

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  12. Your assistant is absolutely adorable! And I have to confess that I love that type of cookie. I wonder how they would be with some of our homegrown pecans(!) If I have time, I'll have to try some today!

    Merry Christmas!

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  13. We are going to make these. They look so good!

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