I made these to give to my boyfriend Tim’s family for Christmas. I first gave it to them two Christmases ago, and I kept getting requests for more. It naturally became tradition to keep baking these dense powdery cookies for Christmas.
Russian Tea Cakes
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine the 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar and flour; stir into the butter mixture until just blended. Mix in the chopped walnuts. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. When cool, roll in remaining confectioners’ sugar. Cookies may be rolled in sugar a second time.