Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins

My mother's "real" Russian Tea Cookie recipe

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix thoroughly butter, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Work in flour, salt and nuts until the dough holds together.
  4. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place them on an ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake 12 - 15 mnutes until set but not brown.
  6. While warm, roll in confectioners' sugar. Cool and roll in sugar again.
Most Helpful

5 5

Excellent cookie. I have made these for years! It is easier to handle the dough if you refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes (for best results an hour). Thanks for posting!

5 5

These are really good cookies. Needed a Russian cookie for my sons project at school and tried these. I wish the recipe had made more for us to keep some at home! The only problem I ran into, and only because I didn't read the entire recipe beforehand, was the confectioners sugar measurement. I added the half cup of sugar to the batter, then noticed the instructions after the cookies are baked, to roll the cookies in confectioner's sugar. I then put about 3/4 cup sugar in a bowl for rolling. I became worried that I was maybe supposed to set some aside from the 1/2 measurement. They turned out great with the 1/2 sugar added to the batter, but the recipe could have been a tad more clear on the sugar measurements. Otherwise, great cookie! Oh , and I used pecans because I had them in the house. I just wanted to add, that after my son came home yesterday, he had a few recipe requests for this cookie from teachers and students. So it was a hit!