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Is it Russian Teacakes or Christmas Snowball Cookies? |

Russian Teacakes Christmas Snowball Cookies

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson


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?


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 21/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, finely ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • confectioners’ sugar for coating


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, 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.


Use your favorite nut in this recipe. I prefer finely ground almonds, but walnuts and pecans are delicious as well.

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