Monday, December 20, 2010

Our Favorite Holiday Cookie

Pfefferneuse holiday cookies.Image via Wikipedia
Are you up to your chin in flour, sugar and butter?!  Well, I am!  This recipe is the most asked for cookie for the holidays, from family and friends!  My husband can't seem to get enough of them.  Our friends hide them from their families. I have been threatened with bodily harm if I ever QUIT giving them!  And, of the holiday goodies I make, they are probably the easiest:)  Shhh! Don't tell anyone!  I hope you are able to make some of these nummy cookies for your family and friends this week.  I quadruple this recipe and then sometimes still have to make another batch before Christmas!

Russian Teacakes
Also called Mexican Wedding Cakes

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix thoroughly butter, sugar and vanilla.  Work in flour, salt and nuts until dough holds together.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown.  While warm, roll in confectioners' sugar.  Cool.  Roll in confectioners' sugar again.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies (according to the recipe but I make mine a little bigger so only get two dozen per recipe)

Recipe from Better Homes & Garden's cookbook, page 147 (molded cookies)--I received this cookbook from my mom in 1972.
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1 comment:

  1. These are awesome cookies. We make them at the Diner but put a little twist on them to make them easier for our "business-type" customers to eat them. We use the basic recipe, but instead of nuts we put in 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips and don't roll them in the powdered sugar. The chocolate chips add a nice sweetness (besides the fact that they are chocolate :D ) that allows for leaving off the powdered sugar, so all those kind customers that have to return to bank jobs, etc., don't get powdered sugar down their fronts. They are totally awesome.