Christmas Cookies: Russian Tea Cakes

This is week five in our series of 12 Cookies of Christmas as my girls and I  bake our way through my Mom’s 1959 Betty Crocker Cookbook.  This week’s selection was actually called “Mexican Wedding Cakes” in our house when I grew up.  My Mom baked them every year for Christmas.  As a girl, I would sit at our kitchen table, roll these little cakes in powdered sugar ,and eat them while they were still warm from the oven.  I LOVED these little cookies with a big glass of milk.  The smell, texture, and taste of these little cakes brought me back to my mother’s kitchen with its orange, yellow, and avocado plaid wallpaper and our colonial revival kitchenette set.  Here’s the recipe…

Russian Tea Cakes

Mix together thoroughly: 1 cup soft butter, 1/2 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla

Sift together and stir in: 2 1/4 cups sifted GOLD MEDAL Flour, 1/4 tsp. salt

Mix in: 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Chill dough. Roll into 1″ balls.  Place 2 1/2″ apart on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake until set, not brown.  While still warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar.  Cool. Roll in sugar again. 

Please note:  The recipe called for a 400 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes, however I found the temperature too hot and the cookies were browning on the bottom.  I recommend baking at 385 degree F oven for 8 to 1o minutes. 

So far here are the ranking with our taste testers ages 3 to 10:

First Place: Chocolate Chip Bars

Second Place: Russian Tea Cakes

Third Place: Pumpkin Cut-Outs

Fourth Place: Gingerbread Men

Fifth Place: Scotch Shortbreads, but a favorite with the over 10 crowd.  Great with coffee!

Please hop over and visit my friend, Bridget, who is having fun with her children creating the 12 Crafts of Christmas.  This week they are creating Freezer Pencil Stencils.  You got to check this out, it is like something you would buy at a fancy childrens’ boutique.

This post is part of  the Moms’ 30 Minute Blog Challenge hosted by Jamie at Steady Mom.

About Mary @ a simple twist of faith

I am: a rookie at blogging, just started my blog in May 2010 when I became a full-time Mom. a child of God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a listener of the Holy Spirit, and a Catholic. Pro-Life, , Pro-Woman and an adoption advocate wife to a wonderful husband for 12 years proud and grateful mother to two beautiful daughters ages 5 and 3. a coffee drinking fool, so I can keep up with my little girls a home schooling novice using my kindergartener as a guinea pig a runner, it keeps me sane and in my size 8 pants an avid reader , now of Beatrix Potter's books a former workaholic & fashion follower a lover of chocolate, and wine, and the finer things in life, although I cannot afford them anymore!
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14 Responses to Christmas Cookies: Russian Tea Cakes

  1. tricia says:

    love love love these cookies
    I have memories of making them with my mom and Grandmother too. (Smile)

  2. Sharon O says:

    These are what my grandma used to make, there was always a plate of homemade christmas cookies and these were on that dish. I always wondered what they were. Thanks.

  3. Bridget says:

    My mom used to make these, too, but she called them wedding cookies(I think).
    I’d completely forgotten about them, though!

  4. stephanie says:

    Now, I am hungry! I will have to try and make these. The kids will love to help! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wendy says:

    These are my favorite tea cookies! Sometimes I use almond extract and part almond meal in place of part of the flour (to make them healthier, you know, LOL!).

  6. KDL says:

    We used to make these, too, but we called them snowball cookies. I am going to miss making them, but we are having to go nut free due to an apparent allergy for our boy. 😦 I guess I could try making them with almonds as one of your commenters suggested. I guess those are OK, though I’ve heard of people allergic to them, too. Hmm…

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  8. dawn says:

    so I quickly looked at your recipe for Russian Tea Cakes… we called those snowballs…yummy! another one of our favorites… Gonna have to search for Grandmas recipe for Russin Tea Cakes when we are in pa this weekend.

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