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Cookies 10: Russian Tea Cakes

Dainty and delicious, Russian tea cakes probably date to the 18th century and are similar to “jumbles,” a Middle Ages dessert.

Following the tradition of only serving rich foods on special occasions, Russian tea cakes are typically associated with Christmas and weddings.

Although Russians do not celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, their traditional celebrations are similar in many ways to those throughout the world.

Interestingly, Russian tea cakes are the same as Mexican Wedding Cake cookies. The name was supposedly changed during the Cold War.

This Russian tea cakes recipe is from AllRecipes.com, shared by THEAUNT708, with a shout-out to her Bubba (her grandmother from Lithuania).

Russian Tea Cakes


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine the 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar and flour; stir into the butter mixture until just blended. Mix in the chopped walnuts. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Roll in confectioners’ sugar. When cool, roll in remaining confectioners’ sugar.

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Day of Knowledge

imagesDid you know that Sept. 1 is the traditional day for students to return to school in Russia? It’s known there as the “Day of Knowledge.”

In Japan, boys carry black book bags and girls carry red ones.

In India, boys and girls sit on opposite sides of the classroom.

On the first day of school in Kazakhstan, students bring their teachers flowers.

Here’s a cool chart that shows when students go back to school in some countries.

In Burkina Faso, students report to school a few days before classes begin to help clear weeds and move furniture. They work alongside teachers and school administrators to prepare the school for the new academic year. Students also purchase kerosene lanterns so they can do their homework in the evenings since most villages do not have electricity.

Although the customs – and shopping lists – may change country to country, going back to school is an exciting time for most children. In fact, there’s not a lot of grumbling from school children around the world about going back to school since they see it as an opportunity for them to learn.

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