Russian Tea Cakes

My mother has been asking me for weeks to make her Russian Tea Cakes.  I finally got to it this Friday after seeing the glaze of ice covering my yard.  Mental health day suddenly seemed like a great idea!  I looked at a lot of recipe’s and tweaked a bit to make it my own.  This is what I came up with.


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar divided plus extra to roll with
  • 2 sticks of butter room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup nuts (I used walnut’s)
  • 2 cups of flour


Preheat oven to 325.  Cream butter with 1/2 cup of the sugar and vanilla.  It should look light and fluffy like frosting when its done.  Sift the flour and salt in a separate bowl.  Chop the nuts with the remaining sugar until fine.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.  When thoroughly combined slowly add in the nut mixture.  When combined roll Into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Press slightly to barely flatten the bottoms.  Bake 18-22 min until the bottoms are lightly browned.  Gently roll in powdered sugar and place on wire racks to cool.  Once cooled roll again in powdered sugar and put in a sealed container for 3-5 days.


Mom was very pleased and said they were just like she remembered!





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