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ready to devour Russian tea cakes

Russian Tea Cakes

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies 1x


Holiday family recipe of buttery cookie balls similar to shortbread filled with chopped nuts and coated in powdered sugar.


  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 6 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Flour (+ 2 Tbsp)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts are what we prefer)
  • additional powdered sugar for tossing the baked cookies in


  1. Mix together the softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in one bowl. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt, and chopped nuts.
  2. Next, blend both bowls together and mix in the nuts.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  4. Using a cookie scoop or your hands hands, roll 1" balls of dough and place onto a baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  5. Proceed to bake the cookies for 10 minutes and allow them to sit cooling on the pan for an additional 2 minutes before tossing into powered sugar, coating them completely. Place onto a cooling rack for 10 minutes and then toss them in powdered sugar one last time.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 75

Keywords: cookies, dessert, Holidays