The Best Christmas Cookie EVER: Russian Tea Cake/ Snowball / Mexican wedding


Only two days left now.

And these two days. . . are even better than the actual day. . .because the anticipation is what will make me high. Giddy. Fantastical.

I keep telling myself that I’m determined to enjoy the season, watching Christmas movies with my kids, popping popcorn, baking cookies, but well. . .you know how that goes.

BUT. . .

I have two days left.

And, excitement is high, children are well-behaved, and hot chocolate is in high supply.

Today we will quickly finish straightening up the house  . .do a little grocery shopping, and anxiously await the arrival of our favorite person in the world (besides Jesus & Santa) . . .Nana.

Tonight, maybe we’ll drive around and look at lights, pop some popcorn, and watch Phoebe’s Christmas Musical on DVD.

And fall asleep on the couch in a fit of happiness.

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Last week Phoebe had a Christmas Pageant. It was completely darling.

I’d show you some pictures, because I took 1 million, but I also forgot to put the memory card in the camera. So, no memories.

So until my memory gets better, here are some pictures of Feebs enjoying her class party earlier that day, and then a shot of her getting ready for the pageant.





I made these cookies for her and her sisters to munch on after the program . . .you know . . to continue the festivities.


She hated them.

Licked the sugar off and then polished off a box of Nilla Wafers.

Oh well.

Her palate is not yet fully developed.

Though. . .the other Woo’s devoured them as only my children could.

I’m sure next year, Phoebe will come to her senses and eat her self into a Christmas coma under the spell of these magically buttery and flaky cookies.




Russian Tea Cakes / Snowballs / Mexican

Wedding Cookies

They are called a lot of things. . .but you can just call them AWESOME.


1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dredging the baked cookies

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup pecan or walnut pieces, (minced into really, really small pieces)


1.Preheat oven to 275.  Line your cookie sheet with a Silicone sheet or parchment paper.

2. Using a hand electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth.  Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Slowly add the flour, continue to mix until thoroughly combined.

3. Flour your hands, and make round cookies using 1 tablespoon of batter.  Place onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 40 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden.

4. When the cookies are cool enough to handle (but still warm) dust them with a good coating of powdered sugar. EAT!!!! Or Cool on wire racks. I can never make it to that last bit;/






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