Last night we watched The Santa Claus. It took me back to 1994 — my sister and I on that brown couch in that little brown house. Dressed in red PJs, hot chocolate in hand, faces smothered in confectioner’s sugar from mom’s Russian Teacakes.
These have always been my favorite Christmas cookie. Yeah, the chocolate and peppermint and red and green sprinkles are wonderful, but these sly little cookies are unassuming, and for that reason I adore them. They’ve always been there, and will always be there. My grandma made them, my mom made them, and I make them. They always have a spot on my Christmas cookie plate.
1 cup butter or margarine
½ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
2 ¼ cups Gold Medal flour
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup nuts, finely chopped
- Mix together butter, sugar, and vanilla. Sift flour, then add salt to the sifted flour. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well. Chill the dough.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll the chilled dough in 1″ balls, then place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until set but not brown. While still warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar. Cool, then roll in confectioner’s sugar again.