Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nana Grant’s Russian Tea Balls - A Good Christmas Cookie

Nana Grant’s Russian Tea Balls
These were my grandmother’s favorite Christmas Cookies.  Sometimes called “Snowballs” because of the powdered sugar coating, these cookies are a big hit during the holidays.  Whenever I serve them, someone always asks for the recipe.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
¼ tsp salt
¾ cups finely chopped pecans
¾ tsp baking soda
additional powdered sugar for coating cookies

Preaheat oven to 400.
Cream together butter, powdered sugar and vanilla.
Mix remaining ingredients together and add to butter mixture; continue mixing until dough holds together.
Shape into 1 inch balls and place balls on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes—do not allow cookies to brown.
While cookies are still warm, roll in powdered sugar.  
When they cool, roll them in powdered sugar again. 

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