Food + Drink

Russian Tea Cakes

These powdered-sugar-covered treats are delicious with a cup of cocoa or hot tea on a cold winter day.

Russian Tea Cakes
Makes 4 dozen

8 ounces butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Brazil nuts, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the flour, salt and chopped nuts and mix until combined. Roll the dough into compact 1-inch balls and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. While warm, roll each ball in powdered sugar. Let cool completely and then roll in the sugar again. Store in an airtight container.