Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes 040 Remember that “Snow Day” we had here in Texas? We spent that day baking cookies and I’ve spent the last week or so blogging about them. Finally, today I get to MY favorite Christmas cookie … Russian Tea Cakes. Maybe you’ve never heard them called by that name.  I’ve seen other recipes that are very similar using names like “Mexican Wedding Cookies” or “Snowballs”. It doesn’t much matter what you call them…they are good!  

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I love these cookies because they taste great, look pretty, and even though they are rolled in powdered sugar (twice) they aren’t too sweet.

Here’s the Recipe: 

(printable version below)

  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar plus more for rolling
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Russian Tea Cakes 003 Place butter (softened) and vanilla in a large mixing bowl

Sift in powdered sugar

Russian Tea Cakes 012 Blend butter and sugar with mixer until well combined

Stir together flour and salt

Russian Tea Cakes 014 Mix flour with butter mixture

Russian Tea Cakes 015 Add nuts and mix again

Chill dough for about an hour

Russian Tea Cakes 022 Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non stick spray

Remove dough from frig and roll into 1″ balls and place on cookie sheet for baking

**They can be placed close together but not touching, as they don’t spread at all**

Russian Tea Cakes 028 Bake for 9-12 minutes JUST until set

**9 minutes is perfect for my oven**

DO NOT over bake! They will look almost the same coming out as they do going in. If they get at all brown on top the bottoms will be burned. When checking, touch to see if they are firm, if so…they’re done.

Russian Tea Cakes 023 While cookies are baking, put some powdered sugar on a small plate – start with about 1/2 cup

As soon as cookies come out of the oven, roll each one in the sugar and set aside to cool

When cool, roll again!

Russian Tea Cakes 044 Did I mention, I think these are really pretty cookies?

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Russian Tea Cakes
Delicious and lovely but not too sweet
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter or margarine
  2. 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar plus more for rolling
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 2 1/4 cups flour
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Place butter (softened) and vanilla in a large mixing bowl
  2. Sift in powdered sugar
  3. Blend butter and sugar with mixer until well combined
  4. Stir together flour and salt
  5. Add nuts and mix again
  6. Chill dough for about an hour
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non stick spray
  8. Remove dough from frig and roll into 1" balls and place on cookie sheet for baking
  9. Bake for 9-12 minutes JUST until set
  10. While cookies are baking, put some powdered sugar on a small plate - start with about 1/2 cup
  11. As soon as cookies come out of the oven, roll each one in the sugar and set aside to cool
  12. When cool, roll again!
Notes
  1. The cookies can be placed close together but not touching, as they don't spread at all
  2. Check cookies at minimum time..DO NOT over bake! They will look almost the same coming out as they do going in. If they get at all brown on top the bottoms will be burned. When checking, touch to see if they are firm, if so...they're done.
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10 Comments on Russian Tea Cakes

  1. Britni Newton Vigil
    January 2, 2014 at 12:48 AM (4 months ago)

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party! Hope to see you again Thursday at 7PM.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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  2. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
    December 28, 2013 at 4:03 PM (4 months ago)

    These look delicious…..just like my grandma used to make them! Thanks so much for sharing at Saturday Night Fever. Pinning!!

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    • Danita
      December 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM (4 months ago)

      Thanks Cathy! Where I come from there’s no greater compliment than to have a your food compared to “Grandma’s”! Have a very Happy New Year.

      Reply
  3. Sami
    December 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM (4 months ago)

    I love these little tea cakes and never realized how easy they are to make. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  4. Barbs LeCupcake
    December 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM (4 months ago)

    are they crunchy or can i turn them into alternative cakepops??

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    • Danita
      December 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM (4 months ago)

      Hi Barb, thanks for stopping by. The tea cakes wouldn’t do well as cake pops. They are a very “delicate” cookie, more crumbly, maybe more like a short bread cookie. It’s a little confusing since they’re called “tea cakes”. Thanks for asking. Merry Christmas!

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  5. kathryn
    December 21, 2013 at 8:14 AM (4 months ago)

    These are gorgeous cookies! I love the silver you have them displayed on. It looks fairly simple to make. Can’t wait to try them!!

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  6. Hazel Irene Moon
    December 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM (4 months ago)

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks easy and also looks delicious! I am your neighbor at Friendship Friday!

    Reply
  7. Kenneth Goh
    December 19, 2013 at 6:05 AM (4 months ago)

    These look good and I may want to try. Ingredients are simple and I know it will be nice. Thanks for sharing. Kenneth from DBB.

    Reply
  8. Kathleen Sturgis
    December 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM (4 months ago)

    I first came across these cookies as Russian Tea Cakes. Simple to make and delicious! Later I saw recipes for Mexican Wedding Cakes, meltaways, and other names. Same great cookie.

    Reply

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