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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Literary Treat Tuesday: Russian Tea Cookies

The Jewel of St Petersburg
by Kate Furnival

Description: Russia, 1910. Young Valentina Ivanova charms St Petersburg's aristocracy with her classic Russian beauty and her talent as a pianist. She scandalizes society when she begins a romance with Jens Friis, a Danish engineer. He brings to her life a passion and an intimacy she has never known. Unbending in their opposition, her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count. Valentina struggles for independence and to protect her young sister from the tumult sweeping the city, as Russia is bound for rebellion. The Tsar, the Duma and the Bolsheviks are at each others throats. Valentina is forced to make a choice that changes her life for ever ...

Jen's Review

Russian Tea Cookies (Inspired by The Jewel of St Petersburg)

1 c. butter
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour

2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. milk
Food coloring

Cream butter with all ingredients except flour. Mix in flour. Shape into thumb prints and chill. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Fill thumb print with icing when cool.
 (The icing was too sweet for us so I modified by adding berries to the ones already completed and put jam in the ones that were not completed)