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Russian Tea Cakes Recipe


Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

Sophia Saliwoncyzk's Russian Tea Cakes

© 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

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.

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Makes about 5 dozen Russian Tea Cakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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