Russian Tea Cakes


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter; room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup hazelnuts; toasted & finely chopped
Powdered sugar; as needed

Sift flour and salt together. Using electric mixer, cream butter in large bowl until light. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and beat until fluffy. Add vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients in 3 batches. Mix in hazelnuts.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Space 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until just firm to touch, about 15 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool slightly. Roll in powdered sugar.
Cool completely. Roll cookies in powdered sugar again. Store in airtight container.

3 1/2 dozen

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