Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian tea cake cookies filled with pecans and coated with powdered sugar will melt in your mouth!

45 min. prep time
36 cookies
12412 Ratings


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar


Heat oven to 325°F.

Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed.

Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 18-25 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes; roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when cool.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 130

Fat: 10g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 50mg

Carbohydrates: 11g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #12908©2003Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is my favorite cookie recipe! I changed it up a it by adding 1/4 tsp almond extract and about 3/4 C mini chocolate chips. I have also rolled in powdered cocoa after the second coating of powdered sugar. DELISH!
I gave this three stars because they tasted correctly, but they flattened out during baking, and the first batch fell apart. I let the second batch cook 3 minutes longer, they did get brown, but they held together, They were not round at all. I tried to reshape them, and well it worked on a couple of them. They don't look like the picture, but they do taste like a Russian tea cake.
I followed the recipe as written with no variations except I had the bake them approximately 30 minutes to get desired result. I was very pleased with the flavor and they were really easy to make.... not many ingredients. I've already had several compliments and I just made them today!
Hi, well I am making these as I write this. Vanilla is widely used for everything and since Christmas is a special time of year, I use a tsp. of Almond extract and they are Delicious. :) Happy Holidays !!
I Love Land O Lakes Products!
Thats all We ever use in our home.
However, The recipe was a disaster, I bake a lot. and follow the recipe exactly.
The dough was very sticky and difficult to form into balls.
after they were baked, they fell apart. crumbled.
What Went Wrong?
Test Kitchen Comment


This cookie is a tender delicate cookie but adding a littel too much butter can make them sticky. If you noted that the dough seemed sticky you might want to work into the dough a little more flour, such as 1 - 2 tablespoons more. You do not want to add too much becasue you do not want to make the cookie dry and tough.
Posted December 22, 2014
These were a huge hit with my family, who appreciated that they're not overly sweet. Since I've also seen these called Mexican wedding cookies, I served them as a dessert to go with a Tex-Mex dinner.

These will have a nice almond taste if you substitute almond extract for half the vanilla, and crushed almonds for the walnuts.
My aunt called these "pecan sandies", being from the South. She also altered the recipe to include 2 teaspoon of water.and doubled the vanilla and 1/3 cup of sugar. I think hers was less flaky. I made mine using LOL recipe and ended up making 2 batches since they disappeared as soon as I got them covered with powdered sugar. A friend of mine only makes them during the holidays, but they are so easy and delicious I am making them for Valentines, maybe try to roll them in cocoa powder instead?
These can be made NUT FREE. Oldest child has a peanut and multiple tree nut allergy. I substituted crushed vanilla wafers for the nuts. My whole family loved them.
I think this recipe changed from last year. Instead of using regular sugar in the cookie recipe, it's better with powdered sugar.
These are melt in your mouth cookies. Everyone loves them and are the first cookies to go.
i make these cookies in honor of my grandmother who loved them so much. i would always make at least 1 batch just for her. she cherished that.
This is my husband favorite recipe.
very easy and tasty!
These cookies were simply phenomenal. I made these, along with several other types of cookies, to give as a personal Christmas gift to friends this year. I've been getting raves from those who received these cookies! I actually just emailed the recipe to my good friend who received these as part of my gift to her. She loved them too! Try these and I can guarantee you won't be disappointed!
Great recipe. Very flakey and melt in your mouth. Yumm!
I made these little snowballs in the 100 degrees summer - just to remind me of winter and the Holidays to come - These are very tender and melt in your mouth! I was really glad too because the ones we had around the Holidays when I was a kid were hard as a rock... really! This is a terrific recipe! Will only use this recipe for my snowballs from now on - It's a Keeper!

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