Saturday, December 11, 2010

Swedish Tea Cookies

This is a recipe that has been passed down for at least three generations in my family.  They are similar to Mexican Wedding Cookies for anyone who has tried those.  Little balls of simple dough rolled in powdered sugar.  They look like tiny snowballs when done.

Swedish Tea Cookies
- 2 sticks butter (1 cup), room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup finely minced nuts
- 1-2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream sugar and butter together, then add salt and vanilla.  Add flour a cup at a time and stir together until it forms a fairly dense crumbly dough.  Fold in nuts. (I use walnuts in this recipe). 

Roll dough into balls using about 1 1/2-2 tbsp dough per ball.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.  They are done when they start to brown just the slightest bit. Cool slightly, then roll in powdered sugar when still warm.  Place on cooling racks to cool the rest of the way.

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