Russian Tea Cakes


One definition of wholesome is promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit. These cookies are good for the soul.

We start with a short list of ingredients and a food processor.


Finely chopped almonds are a must.


The dough comes together quite nicely in a stand mixer.


Rolling the dough into one inch balls will give you a dozen cookies.






The cookies will be slightly brown after 10 minutes. We want to let them cool slightly before handling.


Roll the cookies in powdered sugar while they are still warm. The sugar will melt into the cookies. Let them cool completely and roll them in the powdered sugar once more. This will give the cookies a smooth velvety texture.

Russian Tea Cakes

  • 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds or walnuts
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix butter, 1/4 cup powdered sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place about an inch apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool slightly on a wire rack.

Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar. Set on wire rack to cool completely. Roll in powdered sugar again.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.


Miss Kitty supervised the conception and manufacture of the above mentioned tea cakes. She approves these cookies.

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