Russian Tea Cakes – Russian Special


These Russian tea cakes are rolled in powdered sugar for a sweet finish and a snowball-like appearance. My grandmother “Bubba” brought this Russian tea cake recipe with her when she came from Lithuania, and now my family has made it for many generations. I pass it on in the true spirit of the holiday season!.

Recipe Works

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Additional Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 36


1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup powdered sugar, or more as needed

Russian Tea Cakes – Russian Special

1) Gather all ingredients.

2) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

3) Cream butter and vanilla together in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.

4) Whisk flour and 6 tablespoons powdered sugar together in separate bowl. Add to the butter mixture and stir until just blended. Add walnuts and mix until incorporated; mixture may be crumbly.

5) Take small scoops of dough and roll between your hands into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

6) Bake in the preheated oven until edges are just turning golden, about 12 minutes.

7) Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.

8) Place remaining 1/3 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl. Roll cooled cookies in the powdered sugar once or twice.