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Russian Tea Cakes
Russian Tea Cakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
17 mins
Russian Tea Cakes - melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies to sweeten every holiday celebration.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Eastern European, Russian
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Kitchen Nostalgia
  • 1 cup (225 g) butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) ground hazelnuts or walnuts
  • powdered sugar for rolling
  1. Combine butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. You can do it either by hand or using food processor.
  2. Add flour and salt. Mix until blended.
  3. Add ground hazelnuts and keep mixing until you get large lumps of dough.
  4. Take 1 tablespoon of dough and form a ball. Place on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Repeat until you use all of the dough.
  5. Bake in 400 F (204 C) preheated oven for about 7 min in a fan oven (regular ovens may need a few minutes more). Cookies should not turn brown.

  6. Take cookies out of the oven and let them cool enough that they can be handled without breaking, but are still warm to the touch (about 5 minutes). Roll cookies in powdered sugar. Let cool completely.

  7. When cookies are cooled, roll them in powdered sugar one more time.
  8. Store in a closed container with a paper towel between rows of cookies.