Russian Tea Cakes
Yield: 2 dozen cookiesBack in 1943, I was a fifth-grader in Southhold grade school, Southhold, Long Island, New York. We had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Charlotte Lindsay. Her history and geography lessons were very special because, with her lectures, she brought in samples of food from each country we studied.
The most memorable to me were the small, powdery, white, crispy, crunchy, sweet delights that Mrs. Lindsay said were eaten in Russia. She said they were eaten with tea at teatime; so they were appropriately named Russian Tea Cakes. How I envied the children of that country!
I went home from school that day raving so much about the smart mothers in Russia that my mother wrote Mrs. Lindsay asking for the recipe. Our family and friends have really enjoyed them ever since.
At Christmastime the cookies look especially nice "tucked in" like little white snowballs on a tray with the other kinds of cookies.
Ingredients:1 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup walnuts or other nuts (or coconut)
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar