Just returned from book club. The cookies and cucumber tea sandwiches were a hit! Here is the recipe for the cookies that got our minds flowing with lots of good book discussion:
From Betty Crocker's Cooky Book (1963)
1 cup butter
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar (powdered)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
Mix sugar, butter, and vanilla thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method. Stir flour and salt together; blend in. Mix in nuts. Chill dough (only for a little bit though, because I chilled mine overnight and it was too hard and crumbly so I had to microwave it for 30 seconds.)
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll dough in 1" balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. (Cookies do not spread.) Bake 10-12 min, or until set but not brown. (In my oven, this was about 7-8 min.) While still warm, roll in confectioner's sugar. Cool. Roll in sugar again.
Pretty easy. And the powdered sugar coats your fingers when you roll the cookies in it and then you have no excuse not to lick your fingers. I made these this morning before work and consumed quite a bit of sugar. It keep me going until lunch anyway.