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Author Notes: After reading about the origins of other Food52er's cookie recipes it appears that we have a "momfest" going here. This is my mother's cookie recipe which I know she got from her own mother who loved to bake. My mother called them Russian Tea Cakes. I have tasted very similar cookies called Mexican Wedding Cookies. Whatever the original designation, I just call them Snowball Cookies. They look like little snowballs. Be careful when you take them out of the oven because they are very fragile until cooled. —dymnyno
Makes 3 dozen cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups ground walnuts
- about 2 cups powdered sugar for rolling the balls
- Whip up the butter and add the sugar, whipping until it becomes fluffy. Then add the vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients into the vanilla, butter and sugar mixture.
- In a food processor, pulse the walnuts pretty fine.
- Mix the walnuts into the dough.
- Using your hands , roll the cookie dough into little balls about 1 1/2 in diameter.
- I line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the snowballs on it .Chill for about 10 min.
- Then bake in a 325 degree oven for about 20 to 30 minutes. Watch to make sure the bottoms don't burn. Half way through, reverse the cookie sheet.
- Immediately after removing from the oven, roll the balls in powdered sugar, completely coating them. Or, if your are all thumbs, like me, I use a flour sifter and sift the powdered sugar all over the balls and then gently (!) roll them over and do the other side. Then I roll them over once again and sift more sugar over them.
- Cool, then sprinkle more powdered sugar on them and shake off the excess..
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Family Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Holiday Cookie