Okay, I don’t know how Russian these are but they taste like heaven. A buttery cookie loaded with nuts and coated in layers of powdered sugar. These are best served with a beverage. Coffee, tea or a nice glass of ice cold milk. And the best part – these are so easy to make!
This recipe has been handed down to me from my Grandma Smith. For as far back as I can remember these lovely cookies have been a part of our Christmas. Originally, the recipe called for chopped walnuts. I’ve changed it up and substituted hazelnuts since I absolutely crave that flavor. But feel free to use whatever nut you prefer. The dough itself is very simple and will lend itself well to just about any type of nut. So get in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these today.
Russian Tea Cakes
- 2 C. butter (softened – room temp)
- 1 C. powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 – 1/2 C. flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 – 1/2 C. chopped nuts
Pre-heat over to 400 degrees.
Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until combined. Sift flour and salt in a separate bowl. Blend 1/3 of the flour mixture with butter mixture. Mix remaining flour with nuts and add by hand. Make balls (1-1/2″ diameter) and bake 10-12 minutes. Watch because these burn easily. While still warm roll in additional powdered sugar. When cool, roll them again.
Can I just tell you that right now my kitchen smells like butter, sugar and warm hazelnuts. You have to try this recipe, but you’ll want to make a double batch because these go fast!