Sunday, June 21, 2009

Russian Teacakes

These are the Russian Teacakes that I made for T's bridal shower. Sadly, they played second fiddle to the dreamy White Chocolate Mousse Cake that I made. It really is a shame because I actually preferred these delicate. elegant tea cookies to the super rich cake. Made from ground oats, barley flour and walnuts as a base, these lemon scented cookies are a snap to make and pretty to look at as they're rolled in powdered sugar which I thought was appropriate for a bridal shower. They're quite addictive-- with their melt in your mouth quality from the nuts and sugar, bet you can't eat just one! All in all, these are a great whole grain cookie to keep in the repertoire, and you can't even tell!

Russian Teacakes
adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking

1 1/3 cups old fashioned rolled oats, or 4 5/8 ounces oat flour
1 cup whole barley flour
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
11 tbsp margarine
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract
1 cup powdered sugar, for coating
Preheat the oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the oats and barley flour in a food processor,and add the walnuts.Process until finely ground. Set aside. Place the margarine, sugar and salt in a bowl,and cream until smooth.Add the extracts,and beat until combined.Add the oat/barley mixture,and beat until combined.Gather the dough into a ball,and scoop into teaspoon size rounds. Place on the baking sheet. Bake the cookies 15 minutes, rotating them midway through baking.Here they are-- they won't brown completely. Let them cool before moving to the bag of powdered sugar. They are delicate and will crumble.
Here they are taking their powdered sugar shower. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

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