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
- 2–1/4 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.