These elegant little cookies are a popular treat in Russia at the holidays. It's funny- I grew up having these at Christmas and had no idea that these holiday cookies originated in Russia! They are delicious- whether at Christmas or any other time of the year!
- Mix the butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and vanilla thoroughly. Sift in the flour and the salt, stirring until combined (it will be sticky). Mix in the nuts. Place the dough on some plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet (cookies don’t spread). Bake 10-12 minutes, or until set but not brown. While still warm, roll in the remaining powdered sugar. Set aside to cool, and then roll them one more time in the sugar before serving.
I haven't made this kind of cookie since I was a little girl. I used to make them with my Mom. They are just as good as I remember. I like that they are not overly sweet and have a slightly salty flavor. This pairs well with the pecans. The only trouble I had was rolling the warm cookies in the powdered sugar. A couple of mine broke apart. Maybe I should have let them cool a little more before rolling. That's ok, though, it gave me an excuse to go ahead and eat the pieces out of the sugar. Thanks Sommer Clary for sharing your recipe. Made for Pick a Chef, Spring 2012.