2011 Advent Tour: Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Teacake Cookies

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 One of the fun things about the holiday season is celebrating old traditions and creating new ones. This is a really new tradition that I started with my friend Allie last year. We get together and have lunch and talk books, of course, but this particular time in December, she brought along some Russian Teacake cookies that she made. It was love at first bite! We are getting together again this year to celebrate the holidays and to talk books, and we are planning to make these together. Well she’ll probably make them, and I will eat them. But, you know, same thing.

When Allie shared the ingredients with me, I was pretty amazed by how few there were. For all intents and purposes, they are just flour, sugar and oil. This explains the instant love and instant new tradition.

They are magnificent! Here’s how to make some of your own.


1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar


Heat oven to 400ºF.

Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack.

Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.

Eat and enjoy!

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Photo & Recipe credit: Betty Crocker

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  1. These are wonderful cookies and so easy to make, but the time together with a good friend and fellow book lover sounds even better. What a blessing!

    Have a Merry Christmas.

  2. We make these every year at Christmas. I think my family would stage a revolution if I didn’t make them.
    They are so yummy. I alsways use pecans.

  3. These are my favorite of Christmas cookies! My mom would use that recipe from Betty Crocker to make them! So glad you got to experience them for the first time last year and that you shared this memory with us! May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas season!


  4. I think my family would stage a revolution if I didn’t make them.I love this cookies..Here are my favorite every Christmas..

  5. These are among my favorite Christmas cookies. One of my grandmothers made them for almost every occasion.

  6. How can you go wrong with powered sugar? They’re beautiful and I love that they’re easy. I’m having a little holiday recipe exchange (quiet so far) and this would be perfect to link up if you’re interest.

  7. These look so easy to do! I miss Allie’s blog, but know that she is now living it up, so good for her!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe as part of the tour