Russian Tea Balls

Every year, around the Christmas season, my family and I make cookies. I will admit that we are no experts when it comes to baking cookies around the holiday, but we do like to offer a few varieties to the kids, and have them help along the way. For some odd reason, the cookie I make every year is the Russian tea ball, or often referred to as a Russian tea cake.

Russian Tea Balls or Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

I grew up with them, as many of you probably have, and when my wife and I first got married, I realized that they were one of her favorite holiday cookies. That is big news as many of my wife’s cousins bake up and amazing plate of cookies during the holiday season. I’m not kidding when I say this, but they probably have twenty different types of cookies, that they have baked, on a large holiday platter, that they typically deliver during the holiday season. So the Russian tea ball is one of my wife’s favorites? I can see why, as when you bite into these cookies, they are tender, have a bit of texture, and just a nice balance of sweetness. A cookie that just reminds you of the holiday season.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups of chopped walnuts

Begin by adding the butter, vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar to a mixing bowl. Mix well until it is nice an creamy. To another bowl, combine the salt and flour, and gradually add this to the butter mixture. When everything is combined, fold in the walnuts.

Russian Tea Balls or Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

Roll these into about 1-2 inch balls, depending on your preference, and place on an ungreased baking sheet, in a preheated 350 degree oven,  for approximately 10 minutes. They should be firm, but not golden brown. Carefully remove them from the pan, let them cool down for  a few minutes, then with the remaining cup of powdered sugar, roll the balls to coat. Place them on a plate to let cool. Before you want to serve them, roll them in more sugar for an added holiday bonus.

Enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

3 thoughts on “Russian Tea Balls

  1. MMMMMMM! And if you want to be even more decadent, just tuck a Hershey kiss into the ball of dough before you bake them….. really delicious kiss cookies!

  2. These cookies look SO good! I think I’ll try them with the Hershey kiss in the middle. Love how easy it is to print the recipes too!

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