Monday, December 8, 2008

Russian Tea Cakes

These are the cookies from yesterday's pictures. I made them Saturday and they are already all gone! They were SO good! They just melt in your mouth.

I found the recipe at

1 cup butter softened (I used real butter)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (I used pecans)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.
3. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack.
5. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on a wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.

The recipe says it makes 4 dozen cookies, but I made mine a little big so it made about 3 dozen.


Candace said...

those look delicious, they remind me of the pecan sandies that I made for Christmas many years ago, I was going o make them into long finger shaped cookies, and kind of ended up with cookies that looked like brass knuckles. I thought that they would even out with the heat, but I was wrong. they sure did taste good though.

Angie said...

I love those kind of cookies :)

Moxie said...

YUM!! Except for the shape, those remind me of mexican wedding cookies....very pretty!

Terri said...

I love Russian tea cakes. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

~~Deby said...

These are sure a favorite of mine too...they just melt in your mouth.

Dawn said...

Oooo an easy recipe! I must try it soon. Easy is the way to go! :-D

May you and your family have a safe week dear one!

Lorri said...

My mother always made these cookies evry year for Christmas. She called them Sand Tarts. My father loved them and we knew it was the beginning of Christmas when she started her baking. Thanks for the post , it brought back very nice memories.

Lisa said...

Grandma used to make these... I miss her this time of year when she would make TONS of cookies and candies! Thanks for the recipe.

Jaime said...

Those look delish!

Sandy said...

Yip, I grew up with this exact Betty Crocker recipe! They were my favorite! :)

Loretta said...

My mother always made these, too, but she used almonds and called them Almond Snowballs. I make them without nuts, as my daughter doesn't like nuts. They're still yummy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh arent those the best!! I miss those, Im going to have to make a gluten free version!