Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

Russian Tea Cakes
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Ratings (10)
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 5 dozen (30 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
101 Calories
9g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5 dozen (30 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 11mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Russian Tea Cakes is a misleading name since these are actually cookies and exist in one form or another in almost every culture. There are Mexican wedding cookies, Polish Christmas crescents, snowballs and more. They're delightful, melt-in-your-mouth cookies that are never out of style.


  • 1 cup/2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (confectioners')
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup walnuts (ground)
  • Garnish: confectioners' sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add flour and salt and mix thoroughly. Stir in vanilla and nuts until well incorporated.

  3. Using your hands or a small cookie scoop, roll balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place on ungreased cooking sheets and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until just starting to brown.

  4. While cookies are still hot, roll in confectioners' sugar. Store in a tin dusted with more confectioners' sugar.