tea cookies

these cookies have a very holiday taste to them. i made them first a couple of years ago when i was in college at christmas time, and gave them away as presents to friends. i made them again last december while living in germany, also for christmas. they are really delicious, but for some reason this is only the third time i’ve ever made the cookies. to me, they just fit perfectly in the holiday baking category. they look all cute and snowball-y i guess. it’s not technically the holiday season yet this year, but when i made these two weeks ago it was cold and blustery outside and i was feeling all cozy and warm and lazy inside. every time this year i get super excited for the holidays. i always try to make myself wait until after thanksgiving to break out the christmas movies and music, but i don’t think anyone can criticize me for making some festive cookies before then.

adapted from Aida Mollencamp’s recipe

ingredients:

2 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

2 sticks butter

1 c. powdered sugar, plus some extra

1 3/4 c. chopped almonds (you can use whatever kind you like)

directions:

preheat oven to 325° F (160° C). arrange the chopped nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. bake in the oven between 5-7 minutes, and then remove to cool. make sure to keep an eye on them because they will burn really quickly. in a medium bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. add sugar and continue to mix until whipped and light. add half of the toasted nuts and mix until evenly incorporated. add flour and mix until well combined. stir in remaining nuts. shape the dough into tablespoon size balls about 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. bake for about 25 minutes (it’s helpful to rotate the baking sheet halfway through to get all the cookies evenly baked) and after the bottoms of the cookies should be golden brown. remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes. roll the cookies in the extra powdered sugar, and then let them cool completely. now roll them again the powdered sugar. they should look extra wintery and snowy now.

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under autumn, christmas, cookie, holidays, recipes, winter

2 responses to “tea cookies

  1. Pingback: katie ate has moved! | katie ate

  2. Jie

    ahhh my favorite cookie!! i should learn to make it!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s