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russian tea balls

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Terry Brooks
Lynn Haven, FL

My mom has been making these for Christmas ever since I can remember! It's just not Christmas until I make them.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Tender and buttery, these Russian tea cake cookies are delicious. They literally melt in your mouth. Filled with chopped walnuts, there is a nice crunch. The cookie itself isn't overly sweet. Generously dusting them with powdered sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness. Some may know these as snowball cookies or Mexican wedding cookies. We agree with Terry that they're a must-make at Christmas. The recipe makes a lot of cookies that can be given as gifts.

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(4 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For russian tea balls

  • 2 c
    butter, softened
  • 4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 4 c
    walnuts, chopped
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp

How To Make russian tea balls

  • Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla.
    Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy and light.
  • Flour and salt in a bowl.
    Mix together flour and salt.
  • Slowly adding flour to butter.
    Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture a little at a time.
  • Mixing in chopped nuts.
    Stir in the nuts.
  • Dough formed into balls.
    Shape into 1" balls and place 1 1/2" apart on a cookie sheet.
  • Baking the cookies.
    Bake for 20 min at 325 degrees.
  • Rolling baked cookies in powdered sugar.
    Cool on a cooling rack. Then roll in powdered sugar.