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Those are my favorite cookies in the whole world. They’re called Polish Tea Cakes (although my friend, Chrissie, who’s more Polish than anyone I know, says no one in her family has ever made them) and they are simply the best. My mother got the recipe from a dear friend about 30 years ago and she made them every Christmas. Now I make them every Christmas and I’m sharing the recipe with my blog readers.

Polish Tea Cakes
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 egg whites
2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
finely chopped pecans
raspberry preserves

Cream butter and sugar until light. Add egg yolks and mix well. Add flour, salt and vanilla. Mix and roll dough in small balls, dip in unbeaten egg white and roll in finely choppped nuts. Place on butter baking sheet and press down center of each ball with a thimble.
Bake at 325 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and press down center again with thimble. Return to oven for about 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and fill indentation with preserves while still warm.

In case you think there’s nothing going on but cookie baking over here, let me show you my latest productions from the spinning wheel.

First we have merino in a teal blue. There’s about 270 yards there.

Next we have blue faced leicester in shades of green and brown. There’s about 310 yards there.

Both are somewhere between DK weight and worsted weight. Any ideas on what I should knit with this stuff?

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  1. HI Carole! Wow, anything with raspberry gets my vote. Those look so yummy!

    Lovely handspun – maybe a cabled scarf or a scarf/hat combo? Beautiful colors 😉

  2. My mom used to make those cookies- she called them “thumbprint cookies”. Soooo good. 🙂

    You definitely have enough for mittens and a hat. Looks beautiful.

  3. So yummy! Thumbprint cookies we called them, too. Your spinning is beautiful. You could do any warm winter item with them. Enjoy the knitting now.

  4. Thanks for the recipe, Carole. Those look delicious!
    And quit posting photos of such beautiful yarn, will you? I’m trying to resist the call of the wheel! 😉

  5. The green and brown is fantastic, great color combo. I don’t know how you can make anything with it. It’s like that is the final product, the art itself. Excellant!

  6. Oh those cookies look fantastic! I’ll be cooking and baking today and tomorrow…I have the fixins so I might just have to make those since I love anything raspberry!

    Your yarn is beautiful Carole! Definitely make something for yourself :O)

  7. Yum! I love cookies. The snowmen gathered around them look a bit like they’re going to start stealing cookies at any moment. Watch out!

  8. Read your comment on the broken candy cane cookies at Yarn Harlot. So sad!! We used to make those. And then eventually we switched to still dyeing the dough (and even using green sometimes), but making single-colored Christmas tree balls (aka as plain old round cookies)…

    Anyway, these are my favorite cookies, so I was particularly struck by your plight. Have a good holiday, even candy caneless!

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