Russian Tea Cakes

With the Sochi Winter Olympics starting soon, we decided to make some Russian treats.  My girls thought these tea cakes would make a fun tea party treat.  These are very easy to make, and taste wonderful too!  Definitely a nice addition to a tea party!


1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup powdered/confectioner’s sugar, plus extra for dusting

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (you can substitute with other nuts)

1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 400F.

Mix the softened butter, vanilla, and 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar.

Add in the all-purpose flour, nuts, and salt.  The dough will be dry and sort of cakey.

Russian Tea Cakes

Shape the dough into 1-inch balls.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes until they begin to turn golden.

Russian Tea Cakes

Remove from cookie sheet, and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack.

Roll warm cookies in the confectioner’s sugar, and allow to cool again.

Once cool, dust or roll in confectioner’s sugar.


 Adapted from a recipe at Betty Crocker.