Russian Tea Cookies (A.K.A. Mexican Wedding Cookies)
Russian tea cookies appeared in Russia in the 18th century, literally as a confection used in a tea-sharing ceremony. By the 20th century, they were a part of wedding traditions in the US. Russian tea cookies are a kind of pastry, commonly eaten in the US. They are a form of jumble, a pastry common in Middle Ages England. They are also known as Mexican wedding cookies from having been served often at Mexican weddings.
1 c. butter
½ c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla (can use almond extract if not making nut free)
2 ¼ c. all purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. powdered sugar (for rolling)
1 cup chopped almonds or walnuts (if not going nut free)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine margarine, powdered sugar and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Stir in flour, salt and nuts (if not going nut free) until dough comes together into a pliable ball.
Shape dough into one inch balls and place onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. While the cookies are still warm but cool enough to handle, roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely and roll in sugar again.