Russian Tea Cakes

This big-batch recipe makes 48 buttery cookies.

russian tea cakes

Katlyn Moncada

Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 dozen

Made with ground nuts, flour, and butter, Russian Tea Cakes (aka Mexican wedding cookies or snowball cookies) are an easy, delicious sweet treat to serve during the holidays. These buttery cookies are the perfect addition to your cookie tray or afternoon tea.


  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 2/3 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl combine butter, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined, 2 minutes. Add flour and walnuts. Mix just until combined.

  3. Scoop dough into 2 tsp. portions and roll into generous 1-inch balls. Arrange about 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake until lightly golden on bottoms, 15 minutes. Let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, place remaining 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Add cookies to bowl and roll to coat in powdered sugar. Let cookies cool completely, then toss again in powdered sugar. 

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
5g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 82.2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.3g 7%
Saturated Fat 2.6g 13%
Cholesterol 10.2mg 3%
Sodium 35.9mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 8.1g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Total Sugars 3.8g
Protein 0.9g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 4.1mg 0%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 16.5mg 0%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.2g
Vitamin D 0IU
Alanine 0g
Arginine 0.1g
Ash 0.2g
Aspartic acid 0.1g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0mcg
Choline, total 2.3mg
Copper, Cu 0mg
Cystine 0g
Energy 344kJ
Fluoride, F 0.1mcg
Folate, total 11.8mcg
Glutamic acid 0.3g
Glycine 0g
Histidine 0g
Isoleucine 0g
Leucine 0.1g
Lysine 0g
Methionine 0g
Magnesium, Mg 4.7mg
Manganese, Mn 0.1mg
Niacin 0.3mg
Phosphorus, P 14.3mg
Pantothenic acid 0mg
Phenylalanine 0g
Phytosterols 0mg
Proline 0.1g
Retinol 31.7mcg
Selenium, Se 1.9mcg
Serine 0g
Starch 0g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.1mg
Tryptophan 0g
Tyrosine 0g
Valine 0g
Vitamin A, IU 118.6IU
Vitamin A, RAE 32.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.4mcg
Water 1.5g
Zinc, Zn 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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