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Russian Teacakes: Christmas Snowball Cookies

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Russian Teacakes, otherwise known as Christmas Snowball Cookies, are the taste of the holidays in every bite. Sweet, buttery cookies with almonds, then dusted with confectioners sugar, are like little packages of Christmas cheer.

And perfect for every holiday cookie tray.

Is it Russian Teacakes or Christmas Snowball Cookies? | 31Daily.com

Is it Russian Teacakes or Christmas Snowball Cookies? I know them by both — love them both — but usually call them Russian Teacakes.

In any case, they are, for me, the quintessential Christmas cookie. It wouldn’t be the holidays without them. In fact, if I only made one Christmas cookie, it would be these. To me, it’s just Christmas, in the form of a beautiful, white, fluffy snowball.

The jingle of a sleigh ride in the snow, chestnuts roasting over an open fire, a snowman, and one true love. Then add Russian Teacakes on that sleigh ride, with my husband, as we drive by roasting chestnuts. That’s how “Christmasy” these snowball cookies are to me.

Is it Russian Teacakes or Christmas Snowball Cookies? | 31Daily.com

Growing up, my mom made them every year. Now… it’s the first I bake of dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies. And sometimes… again at the end. They go rather quickly at my house.

Russian teacakes is a rather simple cookie made with flour, sugar, butter, and nuts. I prefer almonds, but walnuts or pecans are equally delicious. I also add a splash of flavoring to this traditional recipe because, after all, isn’t everything better with vanilla?

Is it Russian Teacakes or Christmas Snowball Cookies? | 31Daily.com

Russian Teacakes on a red and white plate

Russian Teacakes Christmas Snowball Cookies

Russian Teacakes or Christmas Snowballs is a rather simple cookie made with flour, sugar, butter, and nuts. I prefer almonds, but walnuts or pecans are equally delicious. I also add a splash of flavoring to this traditional recipe because, after all, isn't everything better with vanilla?
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Stephanie Wilson

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds finely ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • confectioners' sugar for coating

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • With an electric mixer, cream together the butter, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the flour, finely chopped almonds (walnuts or pecans are good too), and salt and mix until the dough comes together.
  • Using a 1-inch cookie scoop (affiliate link), form the dough into equal size balls. Place dough on prepared baking sheet, about an inch apart. Bake about 10-11 minutes, or until set but not brown.
  • Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar and let cool on a cooling rack. If desired, roll once again in confectioners' sugar after they've cooled.

Notes

Nuts: If you prefer, you can substitute your favorite nute to replace the almonds. Walnuts and pecans are delicious choices! 

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Russian Teacakes, Snowball Cookies
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