Russian Tea Cakes

The first time we made these, the Sochi Winter Olympics were starting, so 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.

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.