Every year we make a variation of this cookie and every year it has a different name. It is a combination of any word from column A followed by a word from column B:
Column A Column B
Italian Wedding Cakes
Russian Tea Cakes
I have also seen them called Snowballs so I am going to go with that. We are calling ours "Lumpy Snowballs" because when I decided to make them this year I also decided I was not going to go back to the store again and we would have to make do with the ingredients we had in the pantry. Instead of pecans we had peanuts and because they are a bit salty we also decided to add some mini chocolate chips. Here's my recipe for Lumpy Snowballs (I'm not loving the name so I am definitely open to suggestions )
2 sticks of butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cup of flour
1 cup chopped peanuts
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon salt
more powdered sugar (for rolling cookies in)
Combine the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Add in the flour and stir in the salt, nuts and chips. This was Sweet Girls job -I think she did great!
Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Little Man was in charge of shaping the dough, they didn't come out perfectly round but they did come out perfectly delicious.
Bake for around 10- 15 minutes, cookies will look under cooked, you don't want them to get brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Then roll them in the powdered sugar and let cool. You can then roll them in powdered sugar one more time or dust them with the sugar.