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Russian Tea Cookies (Cakes) On A White Plate

Russian Tea Cookies

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 105kcal
Author Iryna



  • 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.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.2g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 4.5g | Calcium: 4mg