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
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.
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..