Saturday, December 29, 2007

Teacakes, Not Just My Mothers Cookie Anymore

My mother loved these cookies and every Christmas she would make them for herself. She made them for herself because no one else really would eat them. My Brothers sister and I always wanted the sugar cookies covered in frosting, I mean what was better then frosting, definitely not powdered sugar. Something happened over the years and now I love teacakes. I have to have them for the holidays and have them we did, about 100 cookies later we finally had enough, and every one of the teacakes has been eaten.
~Guess what the kids liked these more then the sugar cookies~

This is a well known, general recipe that is in many cookbooks so I can not claim this one for my own, but it is still worth sharing.

1 Cup Room Temperature Butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup flour (I wonder how these would be if I used Cake flour? Guess I will have to try it next year)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup toasted, chopped pecan
Powdered Sugar for dusting

In a large bowl, cream butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift in flour and salt; stir until well mixed. Mix in nuts. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place onto cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly on wire racks. While cookies are baking place the powdered sugar in a shallow dish. Roll the warm cookies in the powdered sugar, let them cool and roll in sugar again.


Emiline said...

Oh, I love these. I could eat about a dozen of em' since they're so tiny.

winedeb said...

These are my very, very favorite cookie, since I cannot remember when! Inexpensive, easy, look great on a plate and most of all - they taste wonderful! You can never just eat one!