how to make russian tea cakes

how to make russian tea cakes

How to Make Russian Tea Cakes

Russian tea cakes, also known as Mexican wedding cakes, are a traditional Christmas cookie popular in many countries. They are simple to make and require only a few basic ingredients. Here’s how to whip up a batch of this festive dessert:


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup finely ground walnuts
  • Extra powdered sugar, for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter, 6 tablespoons powdered sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour and walnuts until the dough comes together.
  • Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until lightly browned and set.
  • Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes and roll in the remaining powdered sugar. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Serving Suggestions:

Russian tea cakes can be enjoyed as-is, or you can get creative by dusting them with cocoa powder or adding a drizzle of melted chocolate. Whichever variation you choose, these tasty treats will be sure to please your guests. Enjoy!


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