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Russian Tea Cakes- The Best Holiday Cookie Recipe 15

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

Russian Tea Cakes, or butterballs as we call them, are some of my absolute favorite cookies. They’re filled with walnuts and are in nice little bite sized pieces that melt in your mouth. What’s not to love? I’m sure you, or your mom, or your grandmother or all three(!) have a copy of the Betty Crocker cookbook. It’s  staple in any home and it contains some of my favorite cookie recipes of all time. However, I like to put my own little twist on the Russian Tea Cake recipe and I wanted to share it with you all today. They take almost no time at all to make and they’re perfect for the Holidays! 

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna


12 tbsp salted butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour, sifted

3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

powdered sugar to coat

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna


// Preheat your oven to 400°F

// Combine powdered sugar and butter until smooth and creamy. Be sure that your butter is room temperature for this, otherwise it won’t get as smooth and you’ll have chunks of butter in your cookies. Not fun!

// Stir in vanilla. My secret to almost every recipe? Add more vanilla. The original Russian Tea Cake recipe from Betty Crocker (found here for reference) only calls for 1 teaspoon. 

// Slowly add in flour and walnuts, stir until one large ball forms.

// Roll into 1 inch or smaller balls and place on a cookie sheet. They don’t expand so don’t worry about them being too close to each other!

// Bake for 10-13 min. check for the bottom to get golden, they may need more time based on your oven. Mine took 11 minutes.

// Let cool for a couple minutes and then coat in powdered sugar while warm, but not hot. 

// Let them cool and then coat again in more powdered sugar. I prefer to put them all in a bag and shake them up but be gentle! 

// Eat to your little hearts content!

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna

ta da!

These babies are perfect for sharing or for gorging on yourself. And, what’s more festive than a cookie that looks like a snowball! I recently made them for a work party and they went like hotcakes! 

Let me know in the comments what your favorite holiday treats are! We’ve still got a little time before Christmas and, i’d love to try a new holiday cookie recipe! If you’re interested in another holiday cookie recipe, check out these Italian cookies!

Thanks For Reading // Being Leanna

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe // Being Leanna