Russian Tea Cakes + Thursday Thoughts

Russian Tea Cakes? Mexican Wedding Cookies? Snowballs? Whatever you call them, they are seriously good. These little guys melt in your mouth, due to the obscene amount of powdered sugar, but also have a delectable crunch thanks to the chopped pecans. I have been familiar with these cookies for years and associate them with Christmas. However, in high school I worked at a bakery in Carmel-by-the-Sea that sold them year round. That is where I really fell in love with them.

Russian Tea Cake Mexican Wedding Cookie

Make these for your cookie swap or just for a treat with your coffee. You can swap out a different nut for the pecans but I prefer the pecans because they are have a more subtle crunch than, say, an almond. 

Russian Tea Cake Mexican Wedding Cookie
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Russian Tea Cakes
Melt in your mouth cookies coated in powdered sugar! Adapted from Williams-Sonoma.
  • 1 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 C salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t anise extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 C pecans, finely chopped
1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and cinnamon.2. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until fluffy. Add 1/2 C powdered sugar and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add extracts and salt and beat until combined. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined, scraping down sides as necessary. 3. Stir in chopped pecans. Cover bowl and place in fridge for 15 minutes. 4. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. 5. Using a tablespoon scoop, tightly pack dough into scoop place on prepared baking sheet. (A tablespoon can be used if no scoop is available). Continue with the remained of the dough. Place dough 1 inch apart. 6. Bake for 10-15 minutes until bottom of cookies are lightly browned and cookies do not fall apart at your touch. 7. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 7 minutes. While cooling, sift remaining cup of powdered sugar onto a plate. When cooled, roll each ball into powdered sugar. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 dozen cookies

These cookies are surprisingly easy to make but have a wow factor to them which makes them perfect for parties, potlucks, or as part of your Christmas Cookie gift. 

Read the Thursday Thoughts below to help you power through the rest of your week!

Russian Tea Cake Mexican Wedding Cookie

Thursday Thoughts #3:

·      I am loving the versatility of spaghetti squash! I know I am a little late to the trend but honestly, who cares? They are in season, they are local (for me), and they work in so many things. I have always enjoyed them as a substitute to pasta with spaghetti sauce, they are delicious when you fry them up as fritters, or when you use them in a totally new way! I loosely followed this recipe and was very happy with the result. Quick Prep: Roast one each Sunday and eat throughout the week

·      Cookie season is here! These cookies are on my list to make this season: Cookies and Cream cookies for my brother, Coconut Marzipan Cookies for my fellow marzipan lovers, and Confetti Cookies for the child in all of us. Now these are the cookies I plan to make again: Molasses Crinkle Cookies, Simple Christmas Cookies (the dough is made in the food processor!), and my Gingerbread people

·      I was at an event for the Eleanor Project this week and one of the women on the panel said something that is very apropos for the holiday season, and everyday, “You can’t make everyone happy, you’re not a margarita”

·      And apparently it wouldn’t be Thursday Thoughts without a little piece of financial literacy. Here we go ladies, some things to master now. Saving for retirement seem like too much as a 20 something? Nope, do it. Due to the crash of ’08 and many other factors, pensions are basically obsolete, 401k matching is hard to find, along with IRAs contributions. If you don’t start saving, who will?

Russian Tea Cake Mexican Wedding Cookie

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