Russian Tea Cakes (No Nuts)

Total Time
10 mins
10 mins

These are bite-size shortbread-type cookies that are so simple and so popular. They're frequently the first cookie people will eat from my Christmas cookie tray. My mom made these every year for Christmas. She'd roll the dough into balls and we got to dunk the tops in green or red sugar crystals. Now I get to continue the tradition with my sons. My sister makes these for other holidays as well and changes the sugar color accordingly. The recipe is my mom's variation on the recipe from the old Betty Crocker "Cooky Book."

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  • 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 12 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (I use almond extract) or 1 teaspoon almond extract (I use almond extract)
  • 2 14 cups flour
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 18 cup colored sugar crystals (I use red and green)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla or almond extract throughly. Mix in flour and salt.
  2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and dip the tops in the colored sugar crystals. Place on greased baking sheet. (Cookies don't spread.) Bake 10 minutes or until set but not brown. Cool.
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5 5

Its amazing! I made it in like 10min! great for parties and tea parties. It doesnt require that much effort just mix ingredients and blend and then roll into balls.

5 5

Easy, easy, easy!! I mixed and rolled then my daughter did the dunking. She loved helping (she even helped roll then into balls)! Taste great too!!