These traditional Russian Tea Cakes are the perfect holiday cookies and an excellent choice for cookie exchanges!
I am in love with making holiday cookies around this time of the year. It was a tradition for me to help bake cookies as a child with my grandmother “Mimi” and mom and now I am trying to carry on the same tradition. Of course, my kids are a little too young to actually “help” but they sure love trying!
Last year I gathered my mom’s and grandmother’s old recipes and put them together for my mom in this cute binder for a Christmas gift. I found the recipe for these Russian Tea Cakes and decided to make them. Well, with a little google search I discovered quickly that it’s Betty Crocker’s recipe, but that’s okay because why reinvent the wheel if it’s already so darn delicious!?
I also recently discovered these silicone baking mats that are amazing. They have really saved me a bit from scrubbing my cookie sheets – any time saver like that is definitely worth it!
Thankfully my friends and I are having a holiday exchange again this year so I have an excuse to make tons of cookies. I’ve yet to decide what cookies to bring though…these Russian Tea Cakes are in the running but my all time favorite (along with many others) are these Chinese New Year Cookies (also Mimi’s recipe). What do you think??
Do you every feel like you don’t want to participate in cookie exchanges because you’ll have a ton of cookies left over which equals tons of excess calories? Well I make a habit of taking samples of each type of cookie I receive and then package the rest up for gifts to my neighbors and children’s teachers. Also, you could suggest a variation to the traditional cookie exchange. For example, this year instead of just a cookie exchange, my friends and I decided we would bring either ornaments, cookies or alcohol to exchange. I love this idea, especially if anyone runs out of time and can’t make cookies, they can easily bring something else.
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