Russian Tea Cakes

Hello everyone! First, let me start by wishing you all a Happy New Year! I know I’m a little late, but I hope you are all having a great start of 2014! I actually got the idea for this recipe from a friend of mine who made me some Christmas cookies. These are called Russian Tea Cakes and they are very tasty!

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Ingredients
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar, plus more for rolling cookies
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla then gradually add the 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Sift the flour, measure, then sift again with the salt. Add gradually to the butter mixture. Add the pecans and mix well.

Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly using the bottom of a glass, then bake for 20 minutes, or until edges are very lightly browned. Remove the cookies from the baking sheets and roll in powdered sugar while still hot. Cool on wire racks and roll cookies again in powdered sugar before serving.

Once they are completely cooled, cookies may be stored in airtight containers for up to 1 week.

I highly recommend these. They are incredibly delicious!

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I got the recipe from here.

Christmas Cookies

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So, as it is the Christmas season, I decided to make some Christmas cookies! Can you believe it? Only two days until Christmas! I am so excited, and nothing says festive like sugar cookies. This particular recipe is really good. They are very delicious! I recommend this if you are looking for a nice sugar cookie recipe.

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Ingredients

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

I decided to cut them out into little stars and sprinkle some peppermint on top, just to add a more festive feeling.

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These were very tasty! I got the recipe from Allrecipies!

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have always admired the chocolate cookie. The other day I was craving one and I had a recommendation from a classmate to make cookies, so I decided to make chewy chocolate chip cookies. They were quite a big success and I think you should try this recipe out:

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Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups butter or 1 1/4 cups margarine, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups peanut butter chips or 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Directions:

1 Heat oven to 350°.

2 In large mixer bowl; cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3 Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

4 Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually blend into creamed mixture. Stir in peanut butter or chocolate chips.

5 Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes. (Do not overbake; cookies will be soft. They will puff while baking and flatten while cooling.).

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6 Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet onto wire rack. Cool completely.

This was an easy recipe and so tasty! Thank you to: http://www.food.com/recipe/chewy-chocolate-cookies-5049

Lemon cookies

Hi guys! So I’m back! I was at the beach for a while which was great! But I am back now and I have been craving cookies. As you may know, I love lemon desserts, so I made Lemon cookies!

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Let me tell you guys, these cookies are delicious! Here is the recipe:

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Lemon Crinkles

yields: 2-3 DOZEN prep time: 20 MIN cook time: 10 MIN total time: 30 MIN

INGREDIENTS:
½ cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 whole Egg
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
¼ teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
⅛ teaspoons Baking Soda
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
½ cups Powdered Sugar

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*If using a non stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

I got the recipe from a great looking site: http://www.laurenslatest.com/lemon-crinkle-cookies/

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So let me tell you about my trip, I had a great time and had lots of fun in the ocean. One thing that I thought you guys would be interested in was an ice cream place. It had over 100 flavors, including bacon, fresh spinach, fresh corn, and many more. I settled for mint chocolate chip to be on the safe side and it was pretty good! Just thought I would tell you all about that. Hope you all are enjoying your summers!

Shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate sauce

I thought that this idea of a tea bag cookie would be cute. They didn’t really turn out to look like tea bags but they still tasted great. I love shortbread! I think, if you can get them to turn out like tea bags, that would be awesome. But this recipe is still great. Here you go:

Ingredients:

3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3.5 ounces dark chocolate broken into small pieces

Method:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/4-inch thick. Place a tea bag as a guide and cut with a knife.

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Make a small hole at the top with the help of a skewer or cookie stick. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.

When the cookies are cool, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Put 2 and half ounces chopped chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave on high power for 20 seconds. Stir with a wooden spoon. Continue to heat and stir in 20-second increments until the chocolate is just melted. Add the remaining chopped chocolate and stir until the residual heat in the bowl melts the chocolate completely. Allow it to sit at room temperature, stirring often, until it’s completely smooth. The more you stir, the glossier the chocolate will get.

Dip each cookie half way through in the chocolate and set it on parchment paper to dry. It will only take a couple of minutes for the chocolate to set. After it’s dried, string a thread through the hole (if after baking the opening is small, gently push the skewer through) and attach the tea bag.

Arrange on a platter and serve. Enjoy!!!

You should totally try this out! They are delicious and buttery! Yum!

Thanks to: http://www.compulsivefoodie.com/2013/03/26/tea-bag-cookies/

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