HOLIDAY COOKIES

The past few weeks have been hectic in the Klee house, but I finally managed to make my favorite Christmas cookies yesterday.  For as long as I can remember, my mom and I have made these together.  It doesn’t quite feel like the holidays until I sink my teeth into one of these little lovelies.

We’re not even sure where the original recipes came from, but there are many variations floating around out there.  These are our favorites for Thumbprint and Russian Tea Cake (aka Mexican Wedding Cake) Cookies….Merry Christmas!!!

THUMB PRINT COOKIES
1 c butter
1 c shortening
1 c packed brown sugar
4 eggs separated
3 tsp vanilla
4 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 ½ c finely chopped walnuts
Mix butter, shortening, sugar, yolks & vanilla.  Work in flour and salt until dough holds.  Shape with teaspoons into 1 inch balls.  Slightly beat egg whites.  Dip each ball, roll in walnuts.  Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.  Press thumb into center.  Bake approx 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove immediately. Fill with favorite jam before serving.  Yields approximately 4 dozen.
RUSSIAN TEA CAKE COOKIES
1 c butter
½ c powdered sugar, plus extra for decorating
1 tsp vanilla
2 ¼ c flour
¼ tsp salt
¾  c finely chopped walnuts
Mix butter, sugar, vanilla.  Work in flour, salt, nuts until dough holds. Shape into 1 inch balls, bake on ungreased sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees until set but not brown.  While warm, roll in powdered sugar.  Cool, roll again.   Yields approximately 2 dozen.
As a side note, I also made this INSANE chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel tart from the Pictures & Pancakes blog.  Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Pretzels???  Yes, please!  I’ll be making this again….

Now it’s time to hit the treadmill….  Happy & healthy 2011, everyone!!!
(photo credit: pictures & pancakes)
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