Mrs. Claus' Cookbook - Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes

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Recipe Details

Bake Time:
10-12 minutes
about 4 dozen, 1 inch cookies
Contains nuts, Good for parties/potlucks, Travels well


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups sifted Gold Medal flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
additional confectioner's sugar for dusting


  1. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Mix butter, sugar and vanilla thoroughly.

  3. Sift together flour and salt. Add to creamed mixture, stir in nuts.

  4. Chill dough.

  5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheet. (Cookies do not spread)

  6. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown.

  7. While still warm roll in confectioners sugar.

  8. Cool.

  9. Roll in confectioners sugar again.


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Babs1017 says:

One of my favorite go to recipes..I've made these for years and always get asked for the recipe!

12/11/2013 9:28:42 AM

marymc says:

I have made these ever since I married 40 years ago and my mom made these as far back as I can remember. A great holiday cookie

12/11/2012 12:59:12 PM

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