When my brother Harry was in high school he had a great idea that the way to meet girls was to enroll in a homemaking class. Harry liked to cook anyway and this would just be an added bonus to cook with a class full of high school girls. My mom was very proud of Harry academically and the fact that he had an interest in cooking was another plus. One of the recipe cards in my mom’s file is for Russian teacakes and she notes that it was given to her by Harry.
Of course, my mom said since we were Irish (and Scottish, and German) and not Russian, we would call them Irish teacakes.
These cookies became a Christmas cookie tradition and we all still love them today. If my mom was able, she would be making these this Christmas season. I will make them for her and for my brother, Harry.
Irish Teacakes (call them what you want)
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth in a large bowl. Add flour and nuts continuing to mix well.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roll dough into small 1 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and when able to touch, but still slightly warm, roll each ball in additional confectioners sugar. Place to cool on parchment or waxed paper. Makes about 3 dozen.
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Debbie Williams is the author of Recipes that Remember, a recipe blog dedicated to her mother who passed away from Alzheimer's disease in 2010. Learn more »