Nana's Russian tea cookies
Submitted by Jody Truitt of Los Angeles
'My Nana Ida was born in Russia in 1899 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1904. When I was a child growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, my nana would come to visit us by ship. She taught us to make these flaky, jam-filled delights rolled in powdered sugar, and we have been baking them for the holidays for over 40 years.'
1 hour, plus overnight chilling time for the dough
About 2 dozen cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup flour, plus more for rolling
Sifted powdered sugar, for coating the finished cookies
Assorted seedless jams for filling
1. In the bowl
of a food processor, combine the butter, cream cheese and flour and pulse until it forms a soft ball. Halve the ball and sprinkle the halves with flour. Wrap the balls and refrigerate the dough overnight to chill.
2. Heat the oven
to 350 degrees. Fill a baking pan or shallow mixing bowl with powdered sugar to coat the finished cookies.
3. On a heavily floure
d surface, roll the dough to a thickness of one-eighth inch. Cut the dough into 3-inch thick rounds using a cookie cutter or glass. Spoon about 1 teaspoon jam in the center of each circle. Fold the circle into a moon shape and press the edges closed with your fingers (if the dough won't seal, wet the edge with a little water to make it sticky). Use a fork to seal the edges completely.
4. Place the cookies
about 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake until set but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
5. Remove the cookies
from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then place in the powdered sugar to coat.
Each of 2 dozen cookies: