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Russian Tea Biscuits   Veg  CD  CBF  Russian  35mins

Makes about 20    Cold Vegetarian  Nuts Cookies  Baked Fayre  Teatime Russia Europe

100g/4oz Plain Flour
2 tbsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder
A Pinch of Salt
225g/8oz Butter, softened
50g/2oz Icing Sugar
1 teasp Vanilla Extract
50g/2oz chopped Hazelnuts
Icing Sugar for dusting


1. Preheat the oven to 170C, 325F Gas Mark 3 and grease 2-3 baking trays.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and icing sugar.

3. Add in the vanilla extract, flour, cocoa powder and salt and beat until well blended.

4. Form the mixture into walnut-sized balls and place on well spaced apart on the prepared baking trays.

5. Make an indentation with your finger in the centre of each ball, fill with hazelnuts and bake for 12-15 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with extra icing sugar and cool on wire racks.

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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Main equipment required to make this recipe


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Wooden Spoon

Wire Rack


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