Perfect Russian tea cakes

Posted on: June 20th, 2009 by admin 6 Comments

I, Peas, love tea. Especially Russian tea. What goes better with Russian tea than a traditional Russian tea biccie? You tell me. Here is a wonderful recipe, simple (which we love) and quick (also good) and best of all, deeelicious.

Makes about 30 – 40 little cookies.

  • 1 c butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • extra powdered sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Line a baking tray.

In a bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the sifted flour and cinnamon slowly. (It might be a little crumbly, but that’s OK). Mix in the chopped walnuts. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and place them 2 inches apart on baking tray.

Bake for 12 minutes. While still a little warm, roll them in the extra powdered sugar, and again when cool for a lovely powdery finish. These great melt-in-the-mouth cookies are also known as Mexican wedding cakes, and they are similar to Greek and Middle -eastern biscuits too, apparently we all love tea.

Recipe is quite old, but I believe it’s adapted from Betty Crocker

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6 Responses

  1. case says:

    mmmm i wish was there to share some of these and tea! xxoxox

  2. admin says:

    same! xo

  3. littleredhen says:

    Mine are just out of the oven-lovely! Thanks for a lovely recipe for OUR Sunday treats :)

  4. admin says:

    LOVELY! Aren’t they tasty? Simple but good and if it’s cold enough out you can pretend you’re in Novosibirsk!

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