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? 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.
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?