My day was spent with cookies & tea.
The squares depicted above is a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Square recipe my mom baked for Christmas. A delightful melody of everything good melts in your mouth when you bite into one.
The little round balls of buttery & sugary goodness is what I call Russian Tea Cakes. I baked them earlier today. Here is the recipe for the Cakes, along with a little pictorial:
my messy handwriting, on a well-loved recipe card.
- Mix together: 1 cup soft butter, 1/2 cup icing sugar, 1 tsp vanilla
- Add to butter mixture: 2 1/4 cups flour & 1/4 tsp salt.
- Stir in 3/4 cup of finely crushed almonds.
- Work the mixture into a large ball & cover with wax paper.
- Chill dough (an hour should do it, but you can also leave it overnight).
- Roll bits of the mixture into 1" balls & place on cookie sheet. (if you left in fridge overnight, make sure to let the dough thaw a bit)
- Bake until set, not brown (when you gently press the tops, they don't cave).
- Bake in preheated oven at 400° Celsius for about 10 minutes.
- While the balls are still warm, roll in a shallow pan of icing sugar.
- After the balls have cooled completely, roll again.
- Now take a bite & dream a little dream!
Today was a day spent with cookies.
I finally baked my annual Christmas cookies:
the Russian Tea Cake!
I decided to blog about these little morsels of melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
To spread the joy of butter & icing sugar around the world.
You'll see from the photos above, that I like to bake with the help of friends;
My little brass deer, tiny flocked owl & cheerful ceramic cat to be exact!
I also decided to have a little tea party after all was said and done,
as an excuse to use my (new-to-me) Orla Kiely mugs!
Oh my! What joy!
this is me in my PJs with a puppy crawling up towards where the cookies are.
From a currently slightly cookie comatose girl,