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Straight out of Nana’s recipe book, Nana’s Russian Teacakes AKA “nut balls” are the same soft, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth teacakes found all over the world at Christmastime.
We’re over the hump! Thanksgiving has (successfully) come and gone, and now we’re full-speed ahead plummeting toward all things red and green and glittery.
I, for one, am alright with that. Although, I’m finding it hard to believe that Christmas is less than a month away already. Wasn’t I just waxing poetic about how much I was longing for cooler weather and pumpkin flavored everything?
My pumpkin craving has been curbed, for sure, but I’m still on the lookout for the cool weather. WTF Florida. It is November…high 80’s are totally unnecessary in November.
In spite of our lack of seasonally appropriate temps, I can feel myself beginning to get into the holiday spirit! Mr. Crumby and I are enjoying our last vacation of the year (after a very exhausting Thanksgiving week), and we’re cleaning house, putting up all our festive trimmings, and devising ways to usher our favorite holiday into our lives (which involves Black Friday shopping, Disney, and a possible trip to some snowier climates!)
The most immediate solution, of course, is a bit of Christmas cookie baking! It’s a bit early to start producing the full repertoire of cookies I tackle every year, but to help celebrate the Sunday Supper #Cookielicious Exchange Party, I thought an old classic would fit the bill. Say hello to Nana’s Russian Teacakes (aka Nut Balls!)
I really don’t know the proper name for these little white balls of love. The yellowed page in Nana’s recipe book just calls them Nut Balls; I’ve also seen them named Russian Teacakes, Italian/Mexican Wedding Cookies, Snowball Cookies…whichever name you choose, the recipe is basically the same. They’re traditional Christmas cookies somewhere all over the world!
Butter, flour, sugar, nuts: the four main components of these cookies are simple, but boy, do they command an audience! Out of all the Christmas cookie recipes that I make every year, my own creations and from Nana’s book, these are probably the most favored. My grandfather, my husband, my bestie’s father…they all tend to get a bit crazy about them. Even Nana herself loved them best.
I had to bake these no less than three times last Christmas. The first batch was completely decimated by the hubs in a forty-eight hour period. I was less than thrilled but, lucky for him, they’re terribly quick and easy to throw together.
I’m afraid to think how many of these we might plow through in 2015.
One batch down at the time of this post, and it isn’t even December. Anyone want to place bets?
- 1 cup [url href=”http://stirlingcreamery.com/consumerproducts.php” target=”_blank”]Churn84[/url] unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2/3 cup nuts, chopped
- Powdered sugar, for garnishing
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine butter, powdered sugar, flour, salt, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon. When mixture begins to come together, add nuts and continue mixing.
- Shape into 3/4-1-inch balls and place at least an inch apart on baking sheets (these cookies don’t spread much). Bake for 25-30 minutes, until light golden brown.
- Allow cookies to cool to room temperature, then roll in powdered sugar.
What is the one cookie you make for the holidays that everyone goes crazy for?
Looking for more Christmas cookie recipes? Have at it!
If nuts aren’t your thang, check out this incredible list of #Cookielicious treats!
- Adaptable Marshmallow Bars by Get the Good Stuff
- Alfajores by Curious Cuisiniere
- Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies by Magnolia Days
- Amaretto Balls by Palatable Pastime
- Brown Eyed Susans by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Chewy Gingersnaps by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate – Pear Biscotti by What Smells So Good?
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies by The Redhead Baker
- Coffee Cake Cookies by Pies and Plots
- Cowboy Cookies by Party Food and Entertaining
- Cranberry Orange Rugelach Cookies by My Imperfect Kitchen
- Dark Chocolate Mint Cake Mix Cookies by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Cookies by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Espresso-Ginger Sandwich Cookies by Wholistic Woman
- Espresso Snickerdoodles by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Gingerbread Snowflakes by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Ginger Spice Cookies with Chocolate Frosting by Daily Dish Recipes
- Gluten Free Hazelnut Truffle Cookies by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Gluten Free Nutella Stuffed Linzer Cookies by Fearless Dining
- Green Tea Macarons with Chocolate Ganache by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Holiday Nutrolls by Delaware Girl Eats
- Italian Almond and Orange Cookies by Peaceful Cooking
- Kolaczki by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Krayl’s Ugly Sweater Party Sugar Cookies by An Appealing Plan
- Lemon Thumbprint Cookies by Cookin’ Mimi
- Macadamia Nut Butter Crisps by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Mincemeat Cut-outs by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Mocha chocolate Chip cookies by Monica’s Table
- Mudslide Cookies by Books ‘n Cooks
- Nana’s Russian Teacakes by The Crumby Cupcake
- Old Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies with Lemon Icing by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Peppermint Marshmallow Cookies by Brunch with Joy
- Pfeffernüsse by Feeding Big
- Pistachio oatmeal cookies by Caroline’s Cooking
- Pizzelles by The Freshman Cook
- Pride of Iowa Cookies by From Gate to Plate
- Snowball Cookies by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Spiked Eggnog Cookies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Thai-Kissed Cookies by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Tipsy Chocolate Cherry Cookies by Christmas Tree Lane
- Toffee Squares by Ruffles & Truffles
- White Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps by Sunday Supper
To get more great cookies recipes, check out our Cookie Jar Pinterest board.