---------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.05
  
       Title: Russian Tea Cakes
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 4 servings
  
       1 c  Butter or margarine; soften
     1/2 c  Confectioners' sugar
       1 ts Vanilla
   2 1/4 c  Flour (not self rising)
     1/4 ts Salt
     3/4 c  Nuts; finely chop
            Confectioners' sugar
  
     Heat oven to 400.  Mix together butter, 1/2 cup sugar and the vanilla.
   Work in flour, salt and nuts until dough holds together. Shape dough into
   1-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
    Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown.  While warm, roll in
   confectioners' sugar.  Cool.  Or roll in colored sugar before baking. About
   4 dozen cookies. VARIATIONS: Ambrosia Balls - Substitute 1 cup flaked
   coconut and 1 Tb. grated orange peel for the nuts. Surprise Candy Teacakes
   ~ Decrease nuts to 1/2 cup. Cut 12 vanilla caramels into 4 pieces each or
   cut 1 bar (4 ounces) sweet cooking chocolate into 1/2-inch squares. Mold
   portions of dough around pieces of caramel or chocolate to form 1-inch
   balls.
  
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