12/22/10

Christmas Cookie Love


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.
  1. Mix together: 1 cup soft butter, 1/2 cup icing sugar, 1 tsp vanilla
  2. Add to butter mixture: 2 1/4 cups flour & 1/4 tsp salt.
  3. Stir in 3/4 cup of finely crushed almonds.
  4. Work the mixture into a large ball & cover with wax paper. 
  5. Chill dough (an hour should do it, but you can also leave it overnight).
  6. 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)
  7. Bake until set, not brown (when you gently press the tops, they don't cave).
  8. Bake in preheated oven at 400° Celsius for about 10 minutes.
  9. While the balls are still warm, roll in a shallow pan of icing sugar.
  10. After the balls have cooled completely, roll again.
  11. 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,
~Caren

6 comments:

  1. everything about this post is ❤! cookies, baking, tea, brass deers, flocked owls, Orla Kiely, PJ's, & an over the top CUTE puppy!
    thank you for sharing!

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  2. Ok, those peanut butter chocolate-y things sound amazing - do you think you can share the recipe for those too, or is it your Mum's super secret?

    And I'm so glad to see Gracie looking gorgeous and in full health - happy xmas to you both!

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  3. Wouldn't it be lovely if every day was a day dedicated to cookies, tea, cute lil things, PJs & puppy(kitty) time? :)

    I will get the recipe for those insane PB & chocolate shortbread goodies & share it!
    Happy XMas to you!

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  4. ah! such a great blog.
    cheers to you.
    xoxo
    sarah

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  5. my mom used to make those russian cookies, but she always called them wedding cookies. they're SO good!! Merry Christmas!!
    --julie

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