Russian Tea Cakes (Shhhh…. they’re really cookies)

Russian Tea Cakes


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Russian Tea Cakes

I grew up eating these at Christmas.  Sometimes I would see how many I could fit in my mouth at once!


1 Cup Softened Butter

½ Cup Powdered Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

¼ Teaspoon Salt

2 ¼ Cups Unbleached Flour

¾ Cup Finely Chopped Walnuts

Additional Powdered Sugar

In a large bowl combine first 6 ingredients on the low speed of a mixer for about 1 minute.  Gradually add flour at low speed until just combined.  Next stir in the nuts.  Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350° F for 8 to 10 minutes or until firm to the touch – but NOT brown.  Do NOT over bake.  While warm, roll in additional powdered sugar.  Cool and re-roll in powdered sugar before serving. 

A holiday favorite!


    Victoria has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a a young girl. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France. Victoria is published in Hearst Newspapers, Greenwich Free Press, New Canaanite, and more.

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