For Santa's much-needed midnight snack we made a classic Russian Christmas cookie: tea cakes. With the help of my youngest son these simple, yet delicious morsels were ready for Santa in under 45 minutes.
To make these delicious treats, mix:
1 part softened butter
1/2 as much powdered sugar
vanilla extract (about 2 tsp/cup of butter)
To this mixture add:
2 parts flour
a generous pinch of sea salt
1 part finely chopped walnuts (preferably soaked overnight in salt water and then dehydrated)
The mixture should be crumbly, with the ability to hold together when squished together, but not sticking to the bowl.
Roll little balls about 1 inch in diameter and place, slightly separated on cookie sheet (I prefer stoneware).
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 325-350. Pull out before they golden. Quickly roll warm cookies in powdered sugar. Cool and set them out for Santa to enjoy!