Christmas Russian Tea Balls


This recipe is very similar to the Krislings cookie recipe saved on this blog.

Christmas Russian Tea Balls

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla (or a little more)
  • 2  1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix the softened butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. I used a hand mixer for this job.
  3. Add the flour, nuts and salt. Mix till combined.
  4. The dough will be dry but can be pressed together.
  5. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Put on parchment lined baking sheet an inch apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

 Remove cookies to a cooling rack. Slightly cool cookies and roll into powdered sugar. Place the cookies back on the cooling rack and let them totally cool. Roll them in powdered sugar when cool.


Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

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  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar (Use 3 cups for better taste)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Use 2 teaspoons for taste)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. If it is too sticky, add a little powdered sugar to dust it instead of adding flour. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 5 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely. Watch closely. Remove from oven when cookies begin to brown around edges. Tip: Use parchment paper to roll cookies on so bottoms won’t burn.

Sugar Cookie Icing

For creamy frosting: 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • ½ cup butter
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring

For hard shiny icing:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assorted food coloring

In small bowl, stir together sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and extract until icing is smooth and glossy. Divide into separate bowls, add food colorings. Dip or paint cookies with a brush.

Eliza’s Sugar Cookies and Frosting

This yummy cookie recipe came from my friend Eliza.  The frosting is wonderful.

  • 1 stick butter, softened (1/2 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Cream butter (softened) and sugar together.  Add egg, vanilla and sour cream.  Only blend until cream.  Do NOT over-mix or cookies will be hard.

Add baking soda, flour and salt.

Roll dough 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness on waxed paper.  Coat rolling pin with flour.  (I use powdered sugar for sugar cookies).  Dough may be sticky.

Cut cookies with cutter or Pam spray lid if you don’t have cutter.  Place cookies on greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 7 minutes for a soft cookie.  Bake 8-9 minutes for a crunchy cookie.

Delicious Sugar Cookie Frosting: (Half this recipe for the cookie recipe above).

  • 1 8-oz package softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter, vanilla and cream cheese with a beater.  Add powdered sugar slowly.  Mix until smooth and creamy.  If dry, add 1 teaspoon milk.  Add food coloring as desired.

Grandma Milne’s No Bake Cookies


I got this recipe from Grandma Milne.   I made and shipped these cookies to your dad when he was a young missionary in England.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 square margarine
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (I never put walnuts in this recipe)

Boil for at least one minute: sugar, cocoa, milk, butter.  Add salt.  Pour over oatmeal and nuts.  Add vanilla.  Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper and let cookies harden.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Pretzel Cookies

These are really good!


  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup broken up pretzel pieces
  • Sea Salt


  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). On low speed, slowly add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Beat to combine, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the flour mixture and beat just until there are no more streaks of flour. Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and pretzels. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out well rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough and sprinkle with pretzel salt. Leave about 2 inches between each ball. Bake for 10 minutes. If you prefer crispier cookies increase the baking time by 1-2 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing.

Betty Crocker Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 375ºF. (350 is better)
  • 2 In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed or mix with spoon until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  • 3 Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 4 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool 1 to 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

Lyda Gygi’s Christmas Date Cookies

A sweet little old neighbor lady of mine, Lyda Gygi, made these cookies for our family decades ago.  They were sooo good that I have never forgotten them.  This recipe is an amazing Christmas cookie recipe:

Ingredients needed: 1 cup chopped dates, 1 stick butter, 1 egg, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal, coconut, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar

Mix and bring to a boil; turn heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.


  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix well when heated mixture has cooled off a bit but is still warm.  Roll mix into “fingers” shapes and then roll the “fingers” in coconut while still warm.

These cookies can be frozen but I don’t expect they will last long enough to need to be frozen for later.

Lollieta Mansell’s Sugar Cookies


If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. –Thomas A. Edison

This recipe is from the dear little old lady we used to live next door to who would make these cookies for you kids.

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup  shortening
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (she said to omit the salt)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine ingredients and spoon cookie dough on cookie sheet.  Bake at 425 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.

Tamara’s Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

I got this fabulous cookie recipe from my friend Tamara.  This is one of the BEST pumpkin cookies I have ever tasted and frosting is fantastic.

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 small can of pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 12-oz package chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup nuts, optional

Mix together all ingredients except flour and chocolate chips.  Then stir in flour and then chocolate chips.  Bake at 375 degrees F. for 12-15 minutes.  Then remove and frost.

Frosting: 1 teaspoon allspice, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1-2 teaspoons milk 3 tablespoons butter (melted).  Mix all ingredients together.