Friday, December 19, 2014

Russian Tea Cakes


Christmas Cookies

Did you know Russian Tea Cakes appeared in Russia in the 18th century as a confection used in a tea-sharing ceremony. By the 20th century, they were a part of wedding and Christmas traditions in the U.S., known by their popular "Russian tea" name. The term "Mexican wedding cake" seems to have emerged in the U.S. in the 1950s, possibly a result of strained relations with the Soviet Union .via Wikipedia.


I'm pretty sure most of us have a Tea Cake recipe in our Christmas Recipe collection. And if you don't? Now you do. Tea Cakes are one of my Top 3 favorite Christmas cookies! 

Mushroom Container

TEA CAKES

Set oven temperature to 400*

Cream together:

1 cup softened Butter
{personally; I think real butter is a MUST}1/2 cup sifted Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Sift together and mix in with creamed mixture:

2 1/4 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt

Then mix in:
3/4 cup finely chopped Pecans
{I'm allergic to Walnuts, but they can totally be used instead of Pecans}

Chill Dough
Roll into 1" balls
Bake 10-12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet until set, but not brown

While still warm, roll in Powdered Sugar
Cool
Roll in Powdered Sugar again


K. Are you totally LOVING the packaging on these nummy Tea Cakes!?! I like to re-use, re-gift, re-cycle, re... well you get it. When I saw a certain container of a certain something sitting on my counter the other day, I KNEW I could totally re-use the container! Do you know what this container originally held?

Merry Christmas

Mushrooms! We love mushrooms at our house. We have them in salads, sauces, sauteed, you name it. So I can collect a lot of these containers. They are perfect for giving some little Tea Cakes/Snow Balls in!

Mushrooms and Cookies?

I washed and dried the containers, filled them with Tea Cakes and then wrapped them in Cello with a cute bow and tag.  The tag was a printable from an Etsy Seller years ago. I don't think she still has her shop.  But you can find something similar by googling or looking thru Etsy Shops. 


Let It Snow



Cute Snowman

Happy Baking!!! ooxx`jodi

64 comments:

Nichole said...

Everything is adorable. I headed to Shindig and "liked it."
Fingers crossed!!! :)

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Love it all!! I "liked" her. Thanks!!

DebrafromMD said...

I "liked" Shindig. Wish I had seen this site a couple of months ago when we were planning my grandson's pirate birthday party.

Adele said...

Oh, I "Liked" them, all right - wish I could LOVE them! :) and WISH I was there actually making cookies with you!! xoxo

Sinta Renee said...

Oh just in the neck in time! I just purchased cupcake wrappers on line... in pdf form and they are not what I had expected... this might just save me!

Kathy H said...

Very cute tags. I went to SHindig and "liked it". I like your little tea cake boxes too. There are so many nice containers to reuse now.

Shannon said...

I hopped over and "liked" her page. I have never made those cookies but they sound so easy. I will be giving them a try. Thank you.

Cris A said...

Lovin' the paper craftin'! The tags are adorable and I "like" them very much on facebook :)

Kathleen said...

I "liked" it on FB...love the shindig designs...

happy zombie said...

What EYE CANDY! Love the story behind the Russian Tea Cakes... I guess 50 years ago - those we're the "freedom fries" of America.

Amanda Parker at Shindig said...

Thanks so much, Jodi! And your Russian Tea Cakes are a must try! I love baking for the holidays. I wish you all luck winning a set of Shindig Printables!!

Amanda Parker
Shindig Parties To Go
http://etsy.com/shop/shindigparties

joliesjunebugboutique said...

Very Cute! These are my Uncle Vernon's Favorite! I made them last year and he approved! I think I may have to make a few more this year!

Kitty said...

What cute packaging! I love Russian tea cakes.

Marydon said...

Darling ideas! Love LOVE tea cakes ...
Have a lovely Christmas week ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Maxine said...

I loved Shindig..so many cute things..and I'm going to try your Tea Cake cookies...sound mmmmm

Teresa said...

OMgoodness!
I'm OVERWHELMED!
There is so much adorable~ness going on over here I can barely contain myself!
Let me just say:
~The packaging of those cookies...is one of the CUTEST I have ever ever seen!
I will NEVER EVER throw away another mushroom cartoon!!!!!!
Secondly...I LOVE Russian Tea Cakes!
We call them Sandtarts in our family!
And let me tell you something that I do that really brings about some flavor...toast your pecans and let the cool before adding them to the cookie dough!
Oh yeah!
Makes a big difference!
~Now! About those ADORABLE printables!
OMGoodness times 10,000!!!!
I am so happy you are going to let us know how to do PRINTABLES...cause I have GOT to have some of these!
It's a MUST!
I'm so lucky to be apart of all of this cuteness!
I adore all of this CHRISTMAS FUN!
Thanks Jodi!
Hugs!
xoxoxo

Teresa said...

Oh~
I LIKED Party SHINDIG bigtime!
I would LOVE to win these...and I mean LOVE!!!!!!!!
xo

Carol in E TN said...

I "like" Shindig. Please enter me in the giveaway!

Alannah said...

I "liked" shindig parties :D YAY!!!!

Pots and Pins said...

Hi! Thanks so much for the recipe - these are one of my fav cookies, too, but I've never made them!! I just always pick them out at other people's homes! I loved Shindig...very, very clever ideas and like DebrafromMD I wish I'd seen her site earlier before I had my T-day party!! xo, Nan

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Way too cute! I liked Shindig.

Billie

Patches said...

I "liked" Shindig" a lot. So, festive and I love the fact one can get pdf.

corinne said...

Love, love the Shindig store. I like. I live where the only place to buy party stuff is a big chain store and there is not much choice. I will be using for my next parties.

Donna Brooks said...

I "liked" Shindig. Everything is so cute and colorful!

Donna
dsharper258@msn.com

Needled Mom said...

My all time favorite cookie....sinfully good!!!

Penny said...

I just read your directions and the printables seem super easy. And they're cute. Do they eat up your colored ink?

Kathleen Grace said...

I liked it, I would have "loved" it if they had that app! Such adorable things!

Mystica said...

I liked Shindig on Facebook.

I want to win those oh so gorgeous tags!

mystica123athotmaildotcom

Linda said...

Count me in. I checked out Shindig.. great. Gonna try those cookies. Thanks for the recipe.

Lee said...

I love Shindigs shop! And I hearted it on Etsy! I really love that she has the guy stuff - star wars! yeah! and the pirates and the cutest Halloween printables.
Thanks for the tea cake recipe! I love them!

MEK said...

OK, just discovered your blog today and am so happy!! What great ideas I have seen already, ad I can hardly wait to go over the older posts!

Also headed over to Shindig Parties and liked her FB page. Everything is so CUTE!

TidyMom said...

ADORABLE!!!! I "liked"...no, LOVED Shindig on FB ♥

and I LOVE what you did with your tea cakes!!!!

Carrie P. said...

I don't do facebook but I did go to her Etsy. She is so creavtive. the little pirate things are so cute.

Karen P. said...

liked shindig on facebook!

Becky said...

I totally liked her on facebook and favorited her etsy shop! What cute stuff.

I haven't made these cookies in ages! Love the story behind the name change.

And yes, only REAL buttah when baking dear.

Danielle said...

Those are one of my favorite kinds cookies. Love Shindig, thanks for sharing!

eamylove said...

I truly do LIKE Shindig, and I let her know on Facebook! Cute overload! I makes me want about 3 feet of snow!

Erin said...

These are without a doubt my most favorite cookie! Love the packaging idea! How clever!

Heartsdesire said...

I "liked" Shindig Parties and I like your cookie recipe. I also bought mushrooms yesterday just so I could use the container for the Russian tea cakes. Thanks for sharing your cookie recipes.

Designs By GuKa said...

I "Liked it"....just beautiful, creative, unique and FUN!
~Ilona

Melissa said...

I am liking it on facebook and loving it in life :)

Kristen said...

These remind me of a treat my Mom makes around New Years, she calls them Snowballs.

I adore your packaging; how cute and clever! The party pictures are beyond adorable too!!!

I would love you to join us at This Week's Cravings blog party - www.frommytinykitchen.blogspot.com

Heather L. said...

I am already a fan on Facebook of Shindig's - LOVE her stuff!!! I would love to win this - perfect for our snowman-themed school party this year =)

Anonymous said...

I definitely "liked" Shindig -- darling ideas. Wish me luck!

caqultr@verizon.net

Sharla said...

This is so cute! I liked her page.

Sheri said...

At my house these cookies were called mothballs. That's what my dad said they looked like. We really didn't care what they were called we ate them as fast as Mom baked them!

Jen O said...

Liked Shindig on Facebook. I actually LOVE it, but that's not a FB option. :-)

Magicaldamselfly said...

I liked this so cool FB page and can not wait to see some post from them.

Merry Christmas from my house to yours,
Sheila
magicaldamselfly@gmail.com

Julianna said...

Cute,cute stuff! I "liked"! Thanks for posting!

susitravl said...

Like Shindig on FB (SusanBenegas)

Anonymous said...

I liked "Shindig" too. What a great site to find just the perfect things for entertaining. So many great things to choose from. Thanks!!

Mary L

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Brilliant! What a great use for an empty mushroom container. We go through a LOT of mushrooms. Now I know what to do with the container.

Mary said...

What a clever way to wrap these. Really lovely. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

scrapfancy said...

This is so cute and I love snowmen. Fun Fun Fun,
I headed over to Shindig and became a follower.

amerchantheart said...

totally adorable! Shindig is liked now by me!

Kim said...

I am just catching up on the fun that was going on all week and I love it all and the printables love love love !!!! I also went to Shindig and liked it even though the button should be love !!!!

Tanya said...

Such a fun, bright set! Count me in with the likers!

Alicia said...

I clicked "LIKE" too but wished it were a website for her. I'll have to keep looking!

~Dawn~ said...

So adorable!! I "Liked" Shindig Parties!!

Jenn said...

I'm a "liker" on FB! Adorable designs!!! ♡

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

We call these Sandies, or Mexican Wedding cookies. I agree, most people have this recipe in their collection. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Sigi G said...

You know, you described the recipe handed down from my mom - we call it 'Pecan Puffs'. Thank you for the history behind this. This is one recipe we can't seem to do without at Christmas time!

Carolyn Sullivan said...

THANKS for this recipe. I have one like it called Wedding Cookies... I don't know why.Actually I found 2 recipes for them and one said to chill in fridge. and the other didn't I wasn't sure about that part. NOW I understand and can adjust that scribbled recipe to include between powdered sugar rollings.

I'm looking for a Choc Snowball recipe that is similar, but with out nuts. A friends Czeslohacvian Grandmother used to make....

DKB said...

We also use pecans and call them pecan puffs. It would be interesting to know where commenters are from. Perhaps the cookie name is regional.

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