Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Cookies for Santa

^ Festival of lights last night with friends. ^

^ Waving at the passing ship [below].

Greenery and Christmas cards are some of my holiday favorites.

^ Cookies for friends tonight. ^

^ Christmas movies ^

^ Poinsettias delivered to our door this morning. ^

I remember making Russian Tea Cakes when I was a little girl with my mom. They have always been a favorite of mine. They couldn't be any easier to make, a perfect holiday cookie for those who aren't terribly into baking (like me). I change the recipe ever so slightly, they are a big hit in our family. You can do many variations, even adding Christmas sprinkles if you'd like!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Makes: Appox 22 balls

1 cup [softened] butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of cinnamon
Powdered sugar for rolling

Shredded coconut
Finely chopped pecans

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in mixer. Mix well. Add flour and salt. Mix until soft dough forms.
  • Roll dough into approximately 1 inch balls.
  • Optional: Roll formed balls in shredded coconut, some in finely chopped pecans, and leave some plain. I like all three.
  • Place rolled dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets, bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • When cookies are done baking (bottom will be golden brown), let cool for 1 minute. Remove cookies from sheet while still warm and place in bowl of powdered sugar (you'll need about 1/3 cup) to coat. I like to sprinkle additional powdered sugar on top when done.


  1. These looks so delicious! They're officially on my list of things to try. Yum!

    1. Let me know what you think when you do! :)