These cookies go by many different names Russian tea cookies, pecan balls, or in my family, snowballs. All of the recipes are very similar and they are topped with the unmistakable adornment of crisp white powdered sugar. The look of a powdered doughnut draws in kids and the unmistakable flavor hooks them for life. The cookie is slightly dry, and barely sweet, and definitely not overwhelming. My cousins have been known to eat entire tins before realizing what they were doing, or being caught by their parents!
This recipe is written exactly how my grandmother wrote it on her recipe card...Not my style, but it is her recipe after all...
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butter or crisco
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar; sifted
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
Chill 30 Minutes in refrigerator
Form into 1 inch balls
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Bake 8 to 10 minutes
Roll in powdered sugar immediately out of oven; Caution will be hot!!
Cool and roll again in powdered sugar