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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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