Russian Tea Cakes

Shaped Cookies
Christmas Cookies

  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Additional sifted powdered sugar

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

Combine flour, salt, and pecans; gradually add to creamed mixture, blending well. Chill until firm.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 400° for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Roll in additional powdered sugar while warm. Cool on wire racks, and roll again in powdered sugar.

Yield: about 4 dozen.


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