Russian Tea Cookies are buttery soft, sugar dusted tea cakes that are so easy to make. Also called Snowball Cookies, these sweet little treats make a delicious little dessert or an afternoon pick-me-up.
In a large mixing bowl add softened butter, salt, sugar and Vanilla extract and mix with a hand mixer until combined, 2-3 minutes.
Stir in walnuts and flour and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until the dough comes together. Continue kneading for a few more minutes with your hands until all ingredients are incorporated. Don't over-knead.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, slightly flatten it and put in a fridge for 30 minutes.
Remove the dough from the fridge, discard plastic wrap and divide the dough into 20 even size balls. Place the dough balls on a parchment lined baking dish and chill in a fridge for 20 minutes.
At the same time preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake cookies for 20 minutes. It's not supposed to brown on top.
Remove cookies from the oven and transfer on a cooling rack.
Add powdered sugar to a medium bowl. When cookies are no longer hot to handle roll them in powdered sugar until they are white on all sides.