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Christmas Russian Tea Balls


This Christmas Russian Tea Balls recipe is from one of my favorite bloggers, StoneGable. You should check out her blog.

So simple to make, these Christmas Russian Tea Balls feature shortbreads infused with real vanilla and tiny bits of walnuts, a true holiday delight!

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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or a little more)
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar


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Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.

Mix the softened butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. I used a hand mixer for this job.

Add the flour, nuts and salt. Mix till combined.

The dough will be dry but can be pressed together.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Put on parchment lined baking sheet an inch apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Remove cookies to a cooling rack. Slightly cool cookies and roll into powdered sugar. Place the cookies back on the cooling rack and let them totally cool. Roll them in powdered sugar when cool.

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