From Sarah, With Joy

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Made Easy, Part 2: Russian Teacakes

These are a tradition in my family, and well worth the effort.

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
¾ cup finely chopped nuts
¼ teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar

-Heat oven to 400ºF.
-Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, 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. Roll in powdered sugar again.
*Makes 4 dozen cookies

*Changes: In my family we nix the nuts, and instead wrap the dough around a Hershey's kiss before we bake it. That way its like a little present when you bite into it. My mom buys tons of different flavors like mint, cherry, hot cocoa, candy-cane, and of course regular chocolate. It's become quite a game to see which flavor we get. It's important to wrap the dough fully around the chocolate so its completely covered, but not too much bigger either. Too big, too much dough, too small, the chocolate melts through when you bake. That's why we don't do Rolo's anymore, although those were my favorite. This is what we do for my entire ward, meaning we do it for two days straight. We put on Christmas movies and do an assembly line with the littlest unwrapping kisses, mom and sister mixing dough, and the rest of us rolling the dough around the chocolate. Then we wrap each cookie in tin-foil, bag them, and deliver them around the neighborhood.

Last year we made over 1600. 

Sarah Allen


  1. Thanks for the recipe looks simple enough for us to make. Will be a nice treat to have in winter with hot tea. Thanks.

  2. Mmm, those look good and pretty easy to make. :D

  3. MMMMM. Those sound so good. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is the perfect addition to my resolution to only make simplistic cookies this year! PERFECT!

  5. These cookies sound wonderful on the page; I can't imagine how good they'll be when baked!

  6. I just made a batch about an hour after I read your post—they are so flakey and delicious! And the best part? They took only about 30 minutes from start to finish.

  7. These look lovely, I will give them a try.
    I eschew margarine, it is not healthy and butter tastes so much better.

  8. Those sound good! :)

    Over 1,600? Wow. How did you keep track of them all?!

  9. I'm in total (food) lust. I have often seen this recipe, or something like it - but I loathe nuts. This is the first time I've seen it where there was a substitution I liked.

    Sarah, thank you. (My thighs don't thank you, but what do they know?) Kisses & gonna get kisses. *happy dance, happy dance*

  10. I love these cookies! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  11. Oh, I love these. I never knew what they were. Can't wait to try the recipe. Thanks. Merry Christmas.

  12. Quick, easy, and delicious. Works for me.

  13. I'm so glad you guys liked these :) I may have to put more recipes up, seems like they're pretty popular.



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