Russian Tea Cakes


Russian Tea Cakes are one of my favorite tea time cookies. They just melt in your mouth and are perfect with a cup of tea! These cookies are also known as Russian Tea Balls - the shape of course! and Russian Tea Cookies.

They are simple to make and just delicious! At christmas, the Russian Tea Balls are referred to as 'Snowball' Cookies!

The can be shaped, but traditionally they are rolled into a ball. Try not to handle the dough to much or you will get a 'tough' cookie. Little handling allows for a light, flaky cookie that melts in your mouth. Here are some free recipes for you to try for your next tea party, Christmas, or any event.

Russian Tea Cake Recipe

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature, only use real butter, no margerine
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted flour (or cake flour for a finer cookie)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup fine chopped walnuts or pecans
  • icing sugar for dusting and rolling finished cookies
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.Cream the butter adding icing sugar gradually until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, vanilla.

    Roll into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet or parchment paper.

    Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until just turning golden, do not overcook.

    Remove from oven and while still warm, roll in confectioners' sugar.

    Sometimes I omit the nuts from the recipe, and the cookies are still excellent.

    This is the same recipe that you will find if you are looking for Russian Tea Balls or Russian Tea Cookies.

    I hope you enjoy!


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