Mom’s Russian Tea Cake Recipe

Nothing says Christmas like the smell of freshly baked cookies. Every year I try to bake at least a few batches of my old favorites and then add in a couple new ones. Today I’m making what my Mother always referred to as Russian Tea Cakes.


This cookie, more than any other takes me back to my childhood. I can still picture my Mothers hands rolling out the little balls and placing them on the cookie sheet. I rolled a few too, striving to make them nice and round like hers.  Sometimes I’d just pop the whole bite into my mouth, exclaiming “That one wasn’t round enough!” and we’d both giggle. I miss those days. My Mom suffers from Alzheimer’s and is no longer able to help. She lives nearby so I will carry on the tradition and take some to her. I know she will eat more than a few!


Mom always used chopped Walnuts, but since I live in the middle of a Pecan Grove, I’ll be using those.

Cream together:

1 tsp Vanilla

1 Cup Butter, softened

1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar

Sift together 2 1/4 cup Flour and 1/4 tsp Salt.

Mix together and add 3/4 cups finely chopped Walnuts.

Cover the dough with some plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.


Using your hands press the dough together (it will be a bit crumbly) and roll into 1″ balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.


While still warm from the oven, roll them in additional Confectioners Sugar.


Delicious! Allow them to cool completely before storing in a tin.


These are fun to give on a Cookie Gift Plate. I like to put them in individual mini muffin cup for an added festive touch.

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