Christmas Cookies: Russian Teacakes, Snowballs, etc…

Reblogged from 2015

It seems hard to conceive that time is passing so quickly. There are only 14 days left until Christmas! Where has the month gone. We are still baking like crazy in our house. We are trying to fit it in among all the events that are happening this time of year. This Friday we have 2 Christmas parties, one Girl Scout Scavenger Hunt and Christmas Sing-a-Long and a Moxie Strings concert we are attending. All in one evening. It is all great and exciting things but you can only enjoy so many things at once.

We are still trying to keep the cookie baking simple. These are cookies my mother used to make with us when we were younger. They go by many names but we always referred to them as Russian Tea Cakes.  You can personalize this recipe a bit with your choice of nuts and extract. We mixed and baked a batch in under 30 minutes! How easy to have fresh cookies. If you are going to freeze these cookies I recommend freezing them before putting on the powdered sugar and then letting them defrost before sugaring them.


These are so simple. They are essentially a shortbread cookie with nuts rolled in powdered sugar.  These cookies are not the star of the show because they are so simple and plain but they have a great flavor and can be made in no time at all! These are a great addition to a dinner or buffet because they are so light and refreshing especially if you have a heavy meal.

Russian Teacakes

  • Servings: 28-30
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond)
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups nuts, finely chopped (roasted walnuts or pecans work best but can also use almonds or pistachios)
  • extra powdered sugar for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Mix butter, sugar and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Add flour and nuts in batches. Stir until everything is thoroughly mixed.
  4. Roll into 1″ balls and bake 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove cookies from oven. Allow to cool slightly and then roll in powdered sugar.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. janowrite says:

    Thanks for sharing, have been looking for this recipe!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Hope you like it!

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      1. janowrite says:

        I tried it this morning and it came out great! I added mini chocolate chips as I was out of nuts and used a little more powdered sugar than called for. It was a winner! 💕

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          Yeah! I love when people make things their own!

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  2. I like enough powdered sugar to make me cough. lol 😋😍🤣

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      That means it tastes good, right?

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