Christmas isn't Christmas until Russian Tea Balls are baked...

Christmas baking - the apron smock 
{above : wearing my apron smock to ensure the icing sugar doesn't get all over me!}

Yesterday, I started my annual Christmas baking event. I knew I had to get my Russian Tea Balls made, as I am bringing some to a family-friend gathering this week. Also, Christmastime isn't real to me until these cookies are baked; they are my go-to holiday cookie! It could be their wintry cloak of icing sugar that does the trick, or the melt-in-the-mouth buttery goodness ... either way, these little balls are worthy of Christmas!

This year, I baked in my mom's kitchen, due to my apartment's continued state of construction. I brought my trusty old Kenwood Chef mixer with me, though, because baking is just not the same without her. She's the best, most hard-working mixer! The 'Chef' was a gift to my parents on their wedding day in 1956. I was lucky enough to get my hands on it when my mom decided it was too big for her space. yay!

Christmas baking Russian Tea Balls
{above : the happy little sugary cookie balls!}

I have previously blogged the recipe of these delightful little morsels, so won't repeat myself. If you've been a long-time follower of this blog, I do apologize for repeating myself... but, Russian Tea Balls are worthy of duplicate posts!
with cookie joy,


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