Nana's Russian Tea cookies

From LA Times annual cookie recipe contest. Submitted by Jody Truitt

Nana's Russian Tea cookies

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  • ½

    cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1

    (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1

    cup flour, plus more for rolling

  • Sifted powdered sugar, for coating the finished cookies

  • Assorted seedless jams for filling


1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the butter, cream cheese and flour and pulse until it forms a soft ball. Halve the ball and sprinkle the halves with flour. Wrap the balls and refrigerate the dough overnight to chill. 2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Fill a baking pan or shallow mixing bowl with powdered sugar to coat the finished cookies. 3. On a heavily floured surface, roll the dough to a thickness of one-eighth inch. Cut the dough into 3-inch thick rounds using a cookie cutter or glass. Spoon about 1 teaspoon jam in the center of each circle. Fold the circle into a moon shape and press the edges closed with your fingers (if the dough won't seal, wet the edge with a little water to make it sticky). Use a fork to seal the edges completely. 4. Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake until set but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes. 5. Remove the cookies from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then place in the powdered sugar to coat.


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