Thursday, August 17, 2006

Russian Tea Cookies

Everyone loves these buttery, homemade Russian Tea cookies! Their old-fashioned goodness is irresistible and these crumbly and jammy gems make the perfect partner for a nice a cup of tea.

The recipe comes from Mrs Fields Cookie Book, which is filled with tasty looking recipes, but I always seem to end up making these ones.

Russian Tea Cookies (adapted from Mrs Fields Cookie Book):

1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' (icing) sugar, sifted
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

Your favorite jam(s) for topping

Preheat the oven to 325. With a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until well blended. Add the vanilla extract and blend until fully incorporated. Combine the flour and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix until combined (the dough will be thick but moist).

Lightly grease a baking tray. With your hands, take out about a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Flatten it slightly and place it on the baking sheet. Use your finger or thumb to make a small round depression in the center of the cookie. Place cookies about an inch apart. Fill the depression in each cookie with your jam of choice. Bake until light golden, about 15-20 minutes. Allow them to cool on the tray for 10 minutes before removing (they are deliciously crumbly).


Anonymous Tanna said...

I'll bring some great Green Earl Gray!
These would be so good with the jam that Karen posted on her blog BakeMyDay.
Isn't it funny how so often a great book ends up with one recipe we use!

9:28 AM  
Blogger christine said...

Ooohhh! Be still my sugar-y heart!
Lovely cookies, beautiful photos.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Melissa West said...

These cookies look gorgeous! Beautiful photo. The whole thing is fantastic. Get out the tea set!

12:34 PM  
Blogger SusanV said...

Lovely photo, Catherine!

2:18 PM  
Blogger BNA said...

How beautiful! I've never seen Russian Tea Cookies with jam before.

6:52 AM  
Blogger karina said...

Buttery and jammy = what's not to love? [Now I have an urge to try and make these gluten free...Hmmm.]


7:42 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Tanna - thanks for the tip on the jam recipe - what a great name for a blog!

Christine, Melissa, and Susan - thanks!

BNA - the original recipe said you could also fill these with nuts, but I've never tried that.

Karina - welcome back!

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother and I agree with you...there are so many tasty recipes in Mrs. Fields cookie book but these Russian Tea cookies are our Favorite! We Bake them all the time :)

8:44 PM  

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