The fact that I've been making these since before I owned a stand mixer of course didn't prevent me from screwing up and having to make them again. That happened several times this season (like the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake where the beautiful, expensive cheesecake I made ended up in a pile on the counter. I drop things...) I apparently let my beautiful walnuts that my wonderful friend got for me fresh from her family's farm to spoil without noticing. Fabulous. Well of course I didn't taste the walnuts or the batter before the entire recipe was made and something smelled like death. Even my husband wouldn't eat them. So I used pecans because they are better anyway and I had those in the pantry- not spoiled.
Russian Tea Cakes
Recipe barely adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/russian-tea-cakes-i/