The Best Easy Russian Tea Cakes

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Perfect buttery easy Russian Tea Cakes – this nostalgic recipe is a huge hit and takes just a few simple ingredients!

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Easy Russian Tea Cakes

Snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Kourabiedes, Russian Tea Cakes – these delicious buttery cookies have lots of names, and are loaded with classic holiday flavor, butter, sugar, nuts, and not much else. They are a simple, delicious classic cookie that are easy enough for even beginner bakers to make, and make for great gifts for Christmas cookie exchanges!

These are nostalgic favorites, and perfect for Christmas cookies, as gifts, for baby showers, wedding cookies, and more!

Russian Tea Cakes can be made with walnuts or pecans for a delicious flavor that isn’t too sweet, making them a favorite with the whole family!

These cookies have a bit of a murky history – with many tracing their roots to Arabic markets and the similar Greek Kourabiedes cookie recipe, which then spread throughout Eastern Europe. Many Europeans settling in Mexico brought the cookies with them as a tradition for weddings, lending the Mexican wedding cookie moniker to the treat!

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How To Make Russian Tea Cakes

Making these cookies is super easy – in just a few steps.

  • Mix cookies. Mix cookie dough together with softened butter. You can use a stand mixer, hand mixer, or a wooden spoon.
  • Roll into circles. When cookie dough is mixed, roll into balls.
  • Bake. Bake to lightly browned around the edges.
  • Roll in sugar. Once baked and cooled, roll in powdered sugar. We roll twice for extra sugar!
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine butter, vanilla, 6 tbsp powdered sugar and cream together.
  • Stir in flour and mix, then add in walnuts. Mix, but do not overwork.
  • Roll dough into 2″ balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned on the sides.
  • Remove from oven, let cool.
  • Roll in powdered sugar before serving.
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Tips To Perfect Russian Tea Cakes

Don’t overwork your cookie dough – this is a simple cookie, meant to be made for friends and family and isn’t one that requires a lot of technical skill. The cookies don’t need to be precisely mixed, and will be tough if they are mixed too much.

Don’t overcook cookies – cookies will be very dry if you bake them too long. Cookies will be lightly browned around the edges.

Cool cookie completely before rolling in powdered sugar. Rolling cookies when still warm melts sugar slightly and makes cookies sticky.

FAQs

My Russian Tea Cake dough is too dry, how can I fix it?

If your dough is too try, you can loosen it with up to one tablespoon of milk.

Do Russian Tea Cakes use walnuts or pecans?

How long do Russian tea cakes last?

These cookies last for up to one week when kept in an airtight container and stored in a cool, dry place.

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The Best Easy Russian Tea Cakes

Perfect buttery easy Russian Tea Cakes – this nostalgic recipe is a huge hit and takes just a few simple ingredients!
Course Christmas Cookies
Cuisine Russian
Keyword christmas, cookies, dessert, russian, tea
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 101kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine butter, vanilla, 6 tbsp powdered sugar and cream together.
  • Stir in flour and mix, then add in walnuts. Mix, but do not overwork.
  • Roll dough into 2" balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned on the sides.
  • Remove from oven, let cool.
  • Roll in powdered sugar before serving.

Notes

Use gluten free flour to make this cookie gluten free.
Can use salted butter and skip adding salt.
If cookie dough is dry, loosen with up to one tablespoon milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 30mg | Sugar: 2g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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