Like I said, we were trying some new cookie recipes for this Christmas holiday. In the past, I mentioned a super amazing math teacher that made cookies for us to eat during tests. For years after graduating high school we made almond cookies in effort to replicate those happy taste buds from our math teacher’s cookies. I may have also said that the almond variety we make is extremely similar to hers, but that is where I am very mistaken. We actually found the recipe she typed up on her typewriter and photocopied on very blue paper for all of the students in her classes.
Miss Couturie’s White Walnut Cookies
aka: Viennese Crescents or Russian Tea Biscuits
adapted from the NY Times Cookbook
Grind, very fine, 1 cup walnut meats
Mix together well : ¾ cups granulated sugar
2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter – at room temp is easier
1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) genuine vanilla
Add the walnut meats and mix well.
Add a scant 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour and mix. Final part of mixing may need to be done by hand since dough can be crumbly.
Shape into balls or cubes and bake 8-12 minutes at 325 degrees on ungreased cookie sheet.
Allow to cool as they are fragile and move close together. Sift powdered sugar while still warm.
Note: DO NOT OVERBAKE! To check for doneness, carefully look at the bottom— top should almost look “raw” but bottom should be no more than light golden.
So this year, we tried out these cookies, word for word! They are delightful and are redolent of sweet memories while scratching quick math on color-coded sheets of paper. The generous amounts of powdered sugar speak to the sweet holidays and cold weather. These walnut-centric cookies are strikingly different in flavor from the almond ones we had grown accustomed to, but with similar buttery, crumbly textures, they are A-Okay for Santa.