Russian Tea Cakes a.k.a. Mexican Wedding Cakes

February 9, 2009

 

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pc240080Clearly, these little nutty, sugar-covered, buttery dough-balls have serious global appeal. With two such gastronomically distinct countries laying claim to the recipe, it’s clear these cookies are a little bite of mirth, no matter what your temperate or time zone. These are perfect to make for Valentine’s Day, since one little batch can please so many… bake them up and dole them into little red boxes to friends, family members, co-workers or your significant other(s). Really, they’ll go that far. These will crumble and flake and leave a layer of confection on your thumb and forefinger (also possibly your lower lip–kinky!) but despite their seeming lightness, a little goes a pc240057long way. One single cookie, which takes two or three dainty bites to finish, will do you fine. I find it really delightful to be satisfied with so little–especially if I am on a date and don’t want to have to loosen the tie of my dress. So do everybody you love a favor and deliver just a couple of these mouth-water-worthy bites in a pretty package. Even if you just wrap ‘em in some tinfoil, they’ll still impress way beyond the stale Russel Stover gesture. Oh, did I mention they are INCREDIBLY simple to make and have just a few ingredients? I am in loooove.

pc240060Ingredients:

I. 1c soft butter; 1/2 c sifted confec. sugar; 1 tsp vanilla

II. 2 1/4 c sifted flour; 1/4 tsp. salt; 3/4 c finely chopped toasted walnuts (or pecans)

Mix ingredients from part I together thoroughly in a large bowl. * Sift ingredients from part II together and stir into the mixture from part I. * Chill dough for about two hours. * Preheat oven to 400. * Roll into 1″ balls placed about 2.5″ apart on an un-greased pan. (Very important if you want to avoid rendering a puddle of melted butter.) * Bake until set, but not brown, about 10 minutes * While cookies are still warm, roll them in confectioner’s sugar. * Let cool. * Roll again.*

For more V.Day ideas check out findingDulicinea’s Valentine’s Day Web Guide.

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