Russian Tea Cookies

October 7, 2008

One of my favorite (and easy!) cookie recipes is Russian tea cookies, also known as Russian tea cakes. They are light, buttery and full of nutty goodness. Did I mention they're easy to make? Stash that in your holiday menu planner!

Russian Tea Cookies
Makes 36 cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, divided 
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

In a large bowl cream the butter, a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, water and vanilla; mix well. Stir in flour, salt, and pecans until dough holds together. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.

After the dough has chilled, preheat oven to 400°F.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 1-inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until slightly brown. Let cool.

Roll cookies in remaining powdered sugar to evenly coat.



Maris's picture

These sound fantastic! I usually shy away from sugar and butter cookies because I like a big, thick cookie (typical of most chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, etc). But these look like they're moist, fat and delish!

redman's picture

another way these often get done is rolled twice- once straight out of hte oven and then again after it cools to make them white

Alisa's picture

what a great recipe! I'll definitely try this one for the picnic this weekend :)

Olga's picture

I grew up in Moscow: your post brings back good memories!

Alice (in Veganland)'s picture

My boyfriend's mother makes these and they're the best cookies I've ever had. And now you're telling me they're easy and easy to veganize? A big thank you, I'm bookmarking this recipe for sure!

grace's picture

my mom is OBSESSED with pecans--she would love these! i think you've just given me an idea for her birthday next week! :)

Lori's picture

I am just wondering if the two flours listed in the ingredients should be all put in, int he beginning? Is there a reason why they are listed sepeately? I would love to make these as they look so impressive.

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Alisa's picture

The great thing with this recipe is that you can use other nuts as well. like some chopped macadamia nuts, or how about some of that coconut from the coconut cream pie :)

LowBeam's picture

This was a favorite cookie of mine that my (ex) mother-in-law used to make for the holidays. Now that I am no longer part of the family- I've missed these cookies. THANKS for the recipe.