Sunday, June 24, 2007

Preparing a Christmas tea party

"Christmas is come, hang on the pot,
Let spits turn round, and ovens be hot;
Beef, pork, and poultry, now provide
To feast thy neighbors at this tide;
Then wash all down with good wine and beer,
And so with mirth conclude the Year."

Virginia Almanac (Royle) 1765

Each month on the 25th as we move now through the second half of the year, I will place a recipe on this blog to collect for the coming holidays. When you are finished, you will have a complete menu for a Christmas tea. Perhaps, this is the year you can invite friends around to celebrate an afternoon of holiday cheer accompanied with a pot of your favorite tea and a table full of wonderful treats.

This month's recipe is one of the easiest of all the Christmas cookies to make and yet they are very festive. They have a wonderful taste and I have had people who are not even big cookie fans tell me how delicious they find them. As you can see, I made some this morning for a photo. We will be able to enjoy them after our dinner tonight.

Russian Teacakes

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 400F. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in the flour, walnuts and salt until dough holds together. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place about an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 mintues until set (do not brown). Roll the cookies in powdered sugar while still warm. Let cool and roll once more in powdered sugar. This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies.


Nancy said...

What a wonderful idea Heidi! I know I will be using some of your recipes.


Sharon said...

What a great idea, I am so excited about it. I have always loved these cookies and I have never had a recipe for them. Thank you so much. I am sure I will be making them before Christmas too. I have always wanted to have a nice Christmas tea and this just seems like the perfect way to plan one. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, Heidi! I haven't even given Christmas a single thought! lol! No wonder I'm always so haggard during the holidays. These look delicious and remind me of cookies that my mom makes for Christmas. ♥

Nan - said...

I don't think I'll wait to make these! Are there really people who aren't fans of cookies? :<)

~ Janice ~ said...

What a delightful idea!! Thank you for the recipe. Your cookies look so pretty! I shall look forward each month from now until Chrismtas for your wonderful ideas. How exciting!