Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Russian Tea Cake Snowball Cookie Things!

Still no stockings. Today was spent running around gathering materials for our church's advent wreath, my own advent wreath, a ton of grocery shopping to catch up on, an oil change, a gas fill-up, a visit to church to make copies, the baking and baking of Russian Tea Cakes for a cookie exchange tomorrow ... and a partridge in a pear tree.


So, in the generous spirit of Christmas and the season to be merry, I am posting the recipe I grew up with for Russian Tea Cakes. Only we referred to them as "Snowballs", stuck an M&M inside, and left out the pecans. So really, maybe they are "Not-So-Russian-Tea-Cakes". 

What they ARE is delicious little cakes covered in powdered sugar. Yummy. Here's the recipe, friends!

You will need:
1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour (sifted)
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Mix butter and sugar until creamy. Mmmm. Add remaining ingredients and blend. Mmmm.

Grab a teaspoon-ish size of dough and press an M&M in the middle. Please notice I used more than the required amount of dough. It was late and I was tired and opted for fewer bigger cookies than a million marble-sized cookies.

Roll dough with M&M into a ball and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.

Once baked cookies are slightly cool, roll in powdered sugar. Ta-Da! That's it. Here are mine, neatly assembled on a platter from Russia, ironically. :)

Happy Eating!! :)


  1. Katie, I've got to know--is there any particular reason you chose the whisk attachment on the mixer?

  2. Are these cookies similar to Mexican furrballs? Well, that's what we called them. They might have been Mexican Wedding Cookies.
    And I was also wondering why you chose the whisk instead of the bread/cake thingy.
    Enjoy your cookie exchange.

  3. Ha ha---very perceptive readers!! Do you want to know my highly scientific reason for choosing the whisk? Here it goes!! Because it was already attached. At 9:00pm. When the baking started. :) I DO have the other attachment and I DO employ it (usually) as needed, but last night? It was lucky that I had enough competency to pull out the Kitchen Aid instead of the toaster. It could have been that bad.

  4. Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to try these this week!

  5. Um....please send me some. These ARE award winning cookies, after all....! ;)