Mom’s (and maybe Betty’s) Russian Tea Cookies

Tis the season to share one of Mom’s favorite Christmas cookie recipes! Mom loved to bake, could practically whip something up in her sleep, and her memory lives on in her recipes.

This is one of my favorites because these cookies are not overly sweet. They’re subtle, and the vanilla gives them more of a grown-up cookie feel than the standard (yet fun) sugar cookie cutouts. Perfect! Mom made these, and mounds of other baked goodness, every Christmas. As I searched online for a photo of the Russian Tea Cookies, I found that Mom’s recipe follows Betty Crocker’s pretty darn closely…I guess Mom and Betty were besties.

Powered Sugar Coated Goodness!

These will be devoured by everyone around your table and on your list!

Russian Tea Cookies
1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla. Blend in flour and salt. Add walnuts. Shape into 1-inch balls and bake at 375 for 14-17 minutes. When cool, roll in powdered sugar. Do not exceed baking time or cookies will crumble. Seriously, watch the baking time–I have a note on my recipe card from Mom about this!