Russian Butter Cookies for Christmas

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

Bite-sized balls that Melt In Your Mouth - fabulous! These, the chocolate meringues, the lemon-cheese spritz cookies and Kathie Lee Gifford's pecan tarts are truly the only Christmas cookies you need to bake - to have the Very BEST...

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Beat well the butter and sugar together.
  3. Blend in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Chill for several hours or overnight.
  5. Shape/roll into 1 inch balls.
  6. Bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Roll AT ONCE, while warm, in 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar.
  8. Cool and then roll AGAIN in confectioner's sugar.
  9. These are so simple and yet so special.


Most Helpful

It doesn't get any better than these. They taste like shortbread and are buttery, sinful goodness.

SSellars December 20, 2008

These cookies are truly awesome. I had a little problem with the amounts of butter and sugar, so I added another 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup sugar and everything was fine!! I can promise you, they don't last long on a plate at a party.

Elzanne December 11, 2006

These are truly delectable and so easy to make. My kids had a ball helping out!!I used hazelnuts as my family love them. When checking if they are ready, I recommend breaking one open. If there is no butter line then they are done. I live in the cosmopolitan city of Cairo in Egypt, my Russian colleague loved them, and when I added a quarter teaspoon of mixed spice, my family gave this recipe wows!! Thanks for sharing Carrie!.... I'll be giving the pecan tarts and the chocolate meringues a try this weekend!

Scots Lass/Cairo November 03, 2006

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