What's Baking: Russian Teacakes

Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean you have to stop baking holiday cookies! These round cookies combine together the sweet taste of powdered sugar with the savory flavor of chopped hazelnuts.

Russian Teacakes (printer-friendly version)
makes 48 cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and powdered sugar.
3. Stir in the vanilla extract.
4. Stir in the flour, chopped hazelnuts, and salt.
5. Form the dough into 1" balls. Set the balls on an ungreased baking sheet about two inches apart.
6. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are set but not browned.
7. Remove from the oven and roll the cookies in powdered sugar while still warm.
8. Set on a wire rack to cool.
9. After the cookies have cooled completely, sift powdered sugar over top to coat.