Thursday, December 07, 2006

Christmas Cookie #1: Russian Tea Cakes

Let the baking begin!

But first, raise your hand if your camera getting gummed up with butter and powdered sugar! I'm sure that if you analyzed the scrapings from my camera, you could tell exactly what I've been baking without even reading this blog.

I got called in at the last minute to sub at school this morning, so I didn't get to bake much, but I managed to knock out a quick one tonight after my son's Christmas concert at school. It's been a long day and this cookie is probably familiar to just about everyone, so I'll be keeping this post pretty brief.

Tonight I made Russian Tea Cakes, also known as Mexican Wedding Cakes or as I liked to call them as a child, Snow Balls. Normally I heavily favor a chewy cookie, but coming in a close second is just about any type of shortbread. The delicate crumb and the rich, buttery taste - delicious! Shortbread-type cookies also keep very well and tend to taste better with age - you can't say that about most types of cookies.

I'm having a hard time narrowing down the different cookies I'd like to make - several of them are quite similar to the Russian Tea Cake, but different enough to be worth trying. They are quite easy to throw together, so I may find the time to do them all, we'll see. And of course I must honor the 3 cookies the boys and DH picked out - I hope to get those made this weekend inbetween getting the decorations up inside the house.

Yawn..............I'm so used to not working, that even a half day has me wiped out. I'm subbing again tomorrow morning and then need to head to Sam's Club for some groceries, so I'm not sure what, if anything, I'll have time to bake tomorrow, but I'm sure going to try to get something in the oven. In the meantime, it's time for bed.................


  1. Anonymous6:54 PM

    I can raise my hand! I got chocolate all over my camera today because I decided Andy just couldn't capture chocolate the way I could- even though I was the one doing the dipping.

    I love Russian Tea cakes, btw.

  2. Natasha9:18 PM

    Hi Alysha!

    I had forgotten about this cookies -- these are a must-make every year. Thanks for the reminder!

    BTW, the picture of Bailey in your profile is sooooo cute.

    Nice blog! See you on the boards,


  3. Erika - I suspect we're not the only ones! I'm impatient - I grab the camera and don't bother to wipe my hands half the time!

    Hi Natasha. :) Glad you stopped by. These are one of my favorites - I can't believe I waited until I was 40 years old to actually make them!