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December 20, 2011

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recipe | favorite christmas cookie

These are the cookies I mailed out in my cookie swap last week!!  It was so much fun to bake and package these cookies for women I never even met and ship them all over the country.  I will definitely do this again next Christmas.

 

My grandmother has been making these cookies every single Christmas for as long as I can remember (along with about 15 other kinds…she’s amazing).  These Russian drops have always been my favorite, and I’m so excited to share the recipe with you all.

 

Ingredients
– 2 1/4 cups flour (I used sprouted spelt)
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1 cup butter (room temperature, cubed)
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 3/4 cup walnuts (chopped)
– confectioners sugar for rolling
Directions
Preheat oven to 325.  In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  While on low speed, add vanilla and salt.  Gradually add flour, mixing as you go.  Then add walnuts and mix thoroughly.  (At this point, my mixture seemed a bit too wet, so I actually added about 1/8 cup of flour.)
Shape into balls (about 3/4 inches in diameter) and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Let cookies cool enough so you can touch them, then roll in confectioners sugar and cool completely on cooling rack.  Then roll second time through confectioners sugar for a thorough coating!!
Enjoy and Merry Christmas, friends!
Rebecca
  1. lori

    December 20th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    WOW! These look amazing! And your recipe is perfectly detailed. Surely that didn't come from your Nana?
    PS — LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the ornament ideas from yesterday. The glitter ball and the tree are two of my favorites.

  2. Kyla

    December 20th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Ohh those are delicious! I can honestly say I've never had a Russian Drop before…I might have to try them though. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  3. Naomi

    December 20th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie!! My mom makes them too (but she just calls them pecan balls). It's like eating a delicious snow ball!

  4. Naomi

    December 20th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    (I should clarify that, even though she calls them pecan balls, they're made with walnuts. Sorta weird, I know…)

  5. Jacqlyn

    December 20th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    i love the idea of a Christmas cookie swap! i've never heard of something like this. maybe i'll start a new tradition this year (:

  6. Lisa

    December 20th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    [NAME], Your recipe sounds yummy! Do you mind posting/sharing it on the U.S. Postal Service Facebook page? We love to have it there also! http://on.fb.me/ujGGtE

  7. Morlee

    December 20th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I've had these before. They are really good! I might have to try out your recipe for them.

  8. la petite coquine

    December 20th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    How delicious!

  9. Sarah

    December 21st, 2011 at 3:36 am

    oooooh these look lovely. I like the tartan background too 😉

    – Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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