Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

A classic Christmas cookie!

Amanda M posted in Baking
1y ago

Russian Tea Cakes are also known as "Mexican Wedding Cookies" and "Snowballs", but whatever name you want to give them, they're one of the most beloved special-occasion and Christmas cookies!

When I go on my annual Christmas cookie baking frenzy, these are the ones I make in several batches all at once. They are always the most popular, so they're the first to disappear. They are perfectly sweet and vanilla-y; they practically melt in your mouth and go great with a cup of coffee for dessert.

Last night I made three batches of them - so much that I had to use a large metal cooking pot because none of my mixing bowls were large enough! (Pic below). I love recipes that don't require fancy gadgets and get down to the basics of baking, exactly like this one.

These are already a time-consuming cookie to make, so the recipe below is for one good batch.

Russian Tea Cakes

A classic Christmas cookie that's sure to be a hit!



  • 1 cup butter (2 standard sticks), softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Extra confectioner's sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F (204 C).
  2. Crush the walnuts finely. I put them in a sandwich baggy and crush them by hand with a meat tenderizer. But if you're in the 21st century with a food processor, that's the best option! Dear walnut companies - please sell bags of crushed walnuts :)
  3. Cream the butter, 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the flour, walnuts, and salt. Mix well until a soft dough forms.
  5. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place about 1/2 an inch apart on a baking sheet. These cookies are okay to place close together (but not touching) because they do not spread.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes, depending on your oven.
  7. Check the bottoms for a very light brown color, and they are done!
  8. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Wait about 5 minutes.
  9. While the cookies are still slightly warm, roll each one in confectioner's sugar to coat thoroughly.
  10. Once completely cooled, you may coat them in another layer of confectioner's sugar, but I've found this to be too much. It's up to you!

Recipe Notes

These make a lovely gift for family, friends, or the workplace. But please make sure no one has a walnut allergy!

Recipe by

Amanda M.

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The large pot of ingredients about to be mixed!

The large pot of ingredients about to be mixed!

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Comments (9)

  • Yeah I’m going to make these tomorrow for sure.

      1 year ago
    • I'm so glad to hear it! Please let me know how they turn out 😊 Have a lovely holiday!

        1 year ago
    • Well they are delicious!!! Thank you! Merry Christmas! 🎄 😋

        1 year ago
  • This would be fun to try. I can guarantee no one I know would have heard of them.

      1 year ago
    • They'd be a great surprise to make and have people try! ☺

        1 year ago
  • I leave near Russia. Never heard about such a tasty recipe! But Thank you it is delicious! :)

      1 year ago
    • It is interesting why they are called many different names, but still delicious no matter :) I hope you try these!

        1 year ago
  • One of my faves!!

      1 year ago