hand-formed little cookies, these are derived from Russian
Tea Cakes, also called Mexican Wedding Cakes or Greek
Butter Cookies. The cookies will keep for at least a couple
of weeks at cool room temperature if stored airtight,
and they definitely need to age for at least a day or
two before you eat them. These are easy to make, but you
must not overhandle the dough. You can use either milk
chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips; if you use the
former, the chips may have a bit of crunch to their outsides
when the cookies are done. Use good-quality chips, please;
I like Guittard (their milk chocolate chips are very large,
but they still work well here). Nice to have on hand just
for "a little something sweet". Some people like to roll
these in confectioners' sugar again just before serving
them, as it gives a neater appearance.
- 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks)
unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp.
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- 1-3/4 cup sifted all-purpose
- Few grains salt
- Generous 1 cup good-quality
milk chocolate OR semisweet chocolate chips
- Confectioners' sugar
sheets with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Set aside. Adjust
rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
bowl, combine softened butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla.
With large spoon, cream together until well-mixed and
fluffy. Add about half of flour and stir in, then gradually
work in remaining flour and salt. Dough will be stiff.
Stir in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
of cookie dough just over 1 inch in diameter; place on
lined cookie sheet (these don't spread much, so I place
15 cookies on a 15-1/2 inch by 10-1/2 inch sheet). Bake
cookies one sheet at a time in preheated oven for 13 to
14 minutes. They'll spread slightly during baking and
lose their "raw" look, but the cookies shouldn't brown
cookies to stand on sheet 2 to 3 minutes before removing
to cooling rack (be careful--these are quite fragile when
hot). Cool completely before rolling thoroughly in confectioners'
sugar. Store airtight at cool room temperature at least
24 hours before eating. If desired, roll in confectioners'
sugar again before serving.
3 dozen cookies
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