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.



sara angel's picture

yum. these remind me of christmas :)

Anonymous's picture

do you think walnuts might be a good susbstitute? i've always preferred them over pecans...

Annelise's picture

omg they look so good and i am making thyem for my project .
:) anna

Shawn's picture

Oh, this recipe brings back SO many memories. We are of the "Russian Tea <em>Cakes</em>" mind in our family, and this is one of those time-intensive recipes that I always got stuck with (if it's a time-intensive recipe, you can bet my mother loves eating it, and I get stuck baking it).

We also use walnuts rather than pecans, although I think that's definitely a personal choice (I dislike pecans, in general).

Jean's picture

My Inlaws are all Russian, and this is recipe from an Aunt who gave me this recipe. It is truly Russian..probably from where the White Russians live. They are so yummmY!!!!!