{coffee} + {cookie} = {fika}

first a thank you to mav for letting me use her beautiful picture of her very own fika from last week. a second thank you goes to melissa for sharing a recipe from the "family vault". you know it has to be good if it was locked up right? right. so please take the time to read the wikipedia link to the word fika because i think we all need fika in our lives, especially at this time of year. we all have to admit to a love/hate relationship with the holidays. some days i just want to give, give, give and then some days i feel so grinchy that i think i could fast forward to march (without skipping eliot and arlo's birthdays of course). for my peace of mind and a perfectly legitimate reason to enjoy all the holiday cookies that will be coming our way i plan to take time out each afternoon to enjoy fika with eliot. i know he will love it. ok, now onto the recipe!

Russian Teacakes

1 cup butter or marg softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Heat oven to 400. Mix butter, sugar and vanilla.
Work in rest until dough holds together. Shape
into 1" balls--on ungreased baking sheet. Bake
10-12 min. until set but not brown. While warm
roll in powdered sugar. Cool and roll in sugar again.

how easy is that? so easy. oh and one last bit of cookie talk, did you see abby's post for persimmon cookies??? i was so excited when i saw it because i have never ever heard of such a cookie, and very rarely do i meet a cookie i dont like. time to make a new acquaintance...


melissa f. said...

mom uses walnuts... and did she say "fine"? she meant *super duper fine*.

oh. and they freeze well. very well.

julieree said...

mmmm, nummy. These are very like what we call in our family Viennese Crescents. I think they're supposed to be crescent-shaped, but we're way too lazy for that. Blobs, more like.

We use walnuts too. And yes, like melissa said. Super duper fine. We cuisinart 'em.

Shari said...

hello hannah,

i've been a reader of your other blog for awhile but this is my first time commenting. hi! i love the idea of sharing recipes, and i enjoyed reading about fika.

you know i think i have had these cookies before at holiday gatherings but i've never baked them myself. i'm looking forward to trying out the recipe!


amy h said...

This is about the same as our family's Crescent Cookie, or as my grandma calls them, "turds." Yes, turds. They are yummy though.

kirsten said...

my favorite Christmas recipe! so rich and yummy. yummy with lots of walnuts! i remember making these with my grandma.

Beth said...

love love love these!

I made mine with slivered almonds and they're sooo good!