I do have to admit that I love the holidays. The Presents, the cookies, the presents, the decorations, the presents, the holiday shows, the presents, Christmas music…hmm..what else…oh yeah, THE PRESENTS!
I love getting and giving gifts.
But I will admit, my most favorite thing about the holidays…the excitement my wife has for Christmas and how she gets the whole family excited!
She loves decorating, she loves the music, the tree, the cookies and the snow.
But I am getting a bit off track…
Today I am baking cookies. Russian Tea Cakes to be exact. That is one memory that I will have forever, the display of holiday cookies that my Great-Aunt would make every Christmas.
She would make sandbukkles, Russian tea cakes, bird’s nests, baklava, fudge, divinity, rum balls, and many other assortments.
She would everything in tins, and put together an assortment of treats on a 3‑tiered platter, that she would store out on her back porch (it was a 3‑season, so it was always cold in the winter..perfect for storing items.). After Christmas eve dinner it was my job to go and get that platter so we could have treats.
Years later I am trying to figure out what some of those cookies were so I could make them. They had different names for them, than what they should be. But I have found a few of her recipes and the Russian Tea Cakes is one of them.
I love the way they taste and they are so easy to make (sort of, they can crumble when your rolling them in confectioner’s sugar if your not careful). But they are good!
So, 4 batches today, and each batch makes 4.5 dozen cookies. So I will have plenty for this year!
Well, I just took out my first test batch…they flattened…hmmm…they are suppose to stay as a ball. Perhaps my dough isn’t chilled enough…back into the freezer.…my dough did seem creamier.…perhaps I softened the butter too much.…
Okay…maybe this recipe is harder than it sounds…they turned out perfect last year…