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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Polish Tea Cakes (Christmas Cookies)

These are by far my FAVORITE cookies.   Yum.  Again this is a family recipe that we've had forever.  It was a lot of fun making these in the kitchen tonight with my mom and daughter.  :-)  This is a great cookie for the little ones to help out with.  My oldest loved making the holes with her finger and filling them with jelly.

This makes about 50 cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten... save the egg whites
3 cups flour (It was hard to read the recipe... I think we ended up using 3 cups but if it feels too sticky add more flour.
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (may need more)
1 cup jelly or fruit preserves... we used strawberry and red raspberry (we didn't measure... just scooped it from jar)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg yolks and mix well.  Add vanilla.  Add flour and salt.  Mix.  Roll dough into small balls, dip in unbeaten egg white and roll in finely chopped nuts.  Place on a greased baking sheet and press down center of each with your finger.  Fill with jelly.  Bake at 325 for 15 minutes.


  1. Oh my goodness!! Love these!! My mom use to make them when I was little ... we called them Birds Nest Cookies .... Yummy!! =)

  2. Thank you:) I'm going to go make these right now with my girls.


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