Russian Tea Cakes

The fine art of making Russian Tea Cakes

So simple and fun even kids can do it!
So simple and fun even kids can do it! | Source

Christmas Tradition: Baking Christmas Cookies

It is no secret in my family that I love cookies. In fact, long before Cookie Monster ever graced the screen, I was the cookie monster in our home. Although my all time favorite cookie is a homemade Nestlé’s Toll House chocolate chip cookie just out of the oven, with its oozing chocolate, I do have my holiday favorites. If I had to choose one and only one, that choice would be the delicate powdery Russian Tea Cake, which is actually a cookie, not a cake.

In our family, it is a Christmas tradition to make these delicious cookies well in advance of Christmas Day, so we can send them off to family members who won’t be joining us for the holidays; share them at work parties; or just enjoy them amongst ourselves.


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(L to Rt) Christa, Marco, Mark, & Olivia, building happy memories.
(L to Rt) Christa, Marco, Mark, & Olivia, building happy memories. | Source

Easy and Elegant Cookie Recipe:

Russian Tea Cakes are not difficult to make, but it takes patience because the dough must be chilled before the final baking process. If you are looking for a quick cookie that is easy to make and bake, then I suggest buying a tube of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough with the reindeer or Christmas tree imprinted on it, slice it, bake it and enjoy…then, you can tell all of your friends that you made them yourself.

If it is a more sophisticated cookie with a lingering flavor that will make you want more than one, than I am suggest you follow the recipe below for this charming, snowy winter treat. Who knows, perhaps making Russian Tea Cakes will become a holiday tradition in your home as well.


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4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Russian Tea Cakes

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 20 people @ 2 cookies apiece

Ingredients

  • 1 C soft butter, not melted
  • 1/2 C + 1/2-1 C for cookies confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 C flour, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C walnuts, finely chopped

Make Baking a Family Tradition

Involve your kids in this project to make it a true family tradition.
Involve your kids in this project to make it a true family tradition. | Source

Instructions

  1. With a mixer thoroughly mix butter, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Sift together flour and salt.
  3. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter/sugar mixture.
  4. Add walnuts and stir in by hand.
  5. Chill in refrigerator at least one hour or overnight.
  6. After chilling, roll dough into 1 inch balls and set on nongreased cookie sheet.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 10-12 minutes until set. Should be golden, not overcooked.
  8. Roll in 1/2 cup to 1 cup of confectioners sugar immediately after removing from oven.
  9. Cool thoroughly. Roll a second time in the sugar and store in airtight container.

An elegant dessert: Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes
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richtwf 6 years ago

This hub is making my mouth water! So I think I'd better go and have a cup of tea and take my mind away from cookies and tea cakes! lol But seriously I love cookies and this hub is great so am seriously tempted to give this one a go!

Loved the way you wrote and presented this hub. Cheers for sharing and God bless!


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Rich, LOL I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I know what you mean-I've been trying to keep all goodies out of my house this year which doesn't really work well for my teenage nephew. Oh well. It's a fun recipe to make and I'm sure you'll enjoy the outcome. Thanks for your comments.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I love baking cookies this time of year. Although I enjoy Russian tea cakes, I've never tried to make them myself. Time to try something new! Rated up - cheers, Steph


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Steph, Good luck with the tea cakes...it's really not a hard recipe at all. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. :)


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MM Del Rosario 6 years ago from NSW, Australia

I have never tasted a Russian tea cake, i might try this one soon and thanks also for visiting my Christmas hub.


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi MM Del Rosario-of course give it a try. It's fun and delicious. Quite simple once the walnuts get chopped. Your welcome, about the hub linking, and thanks for leaving a comment. :)


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

This is an excellent hub, I can't wait to try this recipe. I rate this up, peace & love darski


Danette Watt 6 years ago

Russian Tea Cakes is an absolute must in our home at Christmas as well. I have a friend in Michigan who waits (im)patiently each year for her annual package of these cookies I make as part of her Christmas gift.


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carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

I'm going to try this recipe Denise. The tea cakes look delicious, thanks


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Darski, so nice to have you drop by. Thanks for the rating. I hope you do try it and enjoy them.

Hi Carrie, nice to see you again. That picture that I foiund on bigstock was the perfect one! They are so delicious. Thanks for your comment.

Hey Danette, I sure wish there was a photo showing here...your friend in Michigan is so lucky to have a good friend like you to do all the work and send them out to her, LOL. Thanks for reading the hub, I know it brought back memories!! ENJOY (BTW Maybe I'll make some with the grandkids while visiting this Christmas).


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Those cookies look great and I am going to try the recipe. Thanks.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Pam, for stopping by. Hope you enjoy your baked goods. :)


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Kaie Arwen 5 years ago

These sound absolutely delicious............ it might just be time to make a mess. Do you think I could change the walnuts up for pecans? Thank you........... Kaie


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Kaie-yes, by all means. I've never tried it with pecans but I"m sure it will work. Let me know how they turn out for you.


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Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

Going to have to pass this hub on to my wife. She makes Christmas cookies...I eat them. They look and sound delicious! Thanks! :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Tom, glad to see you stopped in. I hope she does whip up a batch for you. They are yummy and you can't eat just one. Thank goodness they are small.

Hope you are doing well.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

The Russian Tea Cakes sound interesting....however my mouth is watering for some home baked Toll House Chocolate Chip cookies...when my youngest son was little, we called him the cookie monster, but I too am the REAL COOKIE MONSTER... We should start a club! Thanks for sharing.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi BMalin-thanks for sharing, LOL Yes, I LOVE those choc chip cookies. Whatever you decide on-ENJOY! Happy Holidays.


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TamCor 5 years ago from Ohio

Okay, I followed my hubby Tom(Cornett) over here, and now I'm wishing I had the ingredients to bake some of these for him, lol...

I love finding new recipes at Christmastime, and these sound terrific--thanks for posting your recipe! :)

Tammy


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Tammy, nice to meet you. What a cute photo. Reminds me of my youngest grandson's Christmas photo. Glad that you followed Tom over here and may I suggest, "hurry and get the ingredients", LOL. These really are quite simple to make, as long as you buy the prechopped walnuts...otherwise it can be tedious. Our family has always enjoyed baking these during the Christmas season. Even my brother will whip up a batch. Thanks for stopping by.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Oh yummy! I've got to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Rated this useful (but I actually wish I could rate it yummy!). :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

That's funny! LOL Thanks for stopping in to read and comment. I hope you do try the cookies. I've got my bake date set for this Saturday with my nephew helping (he doesn't know this yet, thought, LOL) Enjoy the treats.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

I think these look so scrumptious. I love collecting recipes for the year this one is something I am definitely going to try. Thank you so much for sharing this.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Bobbi, nice to see you here. Yes, this is a family favorite taken out just for the Christmas holidays. Thanks for stopping in. I hope you enjoy the cookies. I will be baking mine this w/e and taking them to a holiday party. :)


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Oooh! I could sure use those right now!


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

They look delicious Im going to try them. Cheers.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hey Mickey, bike on over to my house - I'm whipping up a batch this w/e. No, wait...there are ice conditions now aren't there? LOL Better wait for a sunnier day.

Lady0-thanks for reading and commnenting. Happy Holidays to you too.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Denise, thank you for sharing this awesome looking recipe, and I loved your pictures too! What a treasure to have memories like that, of baking and enjoying treats together. Also, I am sure you make the nicest cookie monster ;)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi OnS-thanks for reading and commenting. Those little rugrats are my grandkids and family members. Thanks for your feedback. :) Happy New Year to you. Hugs.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Awesome, I love tea, I love cookies and I love tea cakes. I adore you wonderful recipe and tips on Russian Tea Cakes, this Scottish girl will gladly bring them to her beloved tea! Katie :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Cool, Ms Katiem-glad to contribute to your teatime. I love tea also and though I'm not Scottish, I am Irish...Enjoy your cookies. :) Happy New Year.


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loveingyou 5 years ago from Canada

I am definitely going to try this out next time with my hubby! They look fun, and simple. :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi loveingyou-nice to meet you. They are delicious, so why wait for the holidays?


Anita 5 years ago

They are just like Lay's potato chips ,you can't eat just one !


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL Anita-that's probably one of the BEST comments I've read yet! Right on! :) Thanks for reading and commenting.


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luv-iggy 5 years ago

They look great! I'll have to try making these! Do you have a substitute for the walnuts?


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Pecans will work great also, or maybe hazelnut. Or, skip the nuts altogether if you are allergic. Thanks for reading. It's a family tradition.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

These look awesome. Can I skip the walnuts and still have a good cookie? My son doesn't like walnuts?

Do you have a substitute suggestion for nuts?

Thanks,

JT


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Sure JT Read my reply above to luv iggy for my suggestions. Thanks for reading. :) They are delicious so be sure to try them.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Denise ~ Yum, yum, yum. Everyone is having such fun in the kitchen. I'm close enough for you to send me some. Happy Holidays, Debby


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Sorry,

I didn't read through all the comments I was too excited about making my son new cookies!!

Happy Holidays,

JT


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

Yummy! I would like a bite! I like walnut but when I bake me some of this, I'll replace it with almond! :)


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Denise, this looks so fun! Those little kitchen helpers are sooOOooOOoo cute! One of my very favorite holiday treats, Tea Cakes make the season seem more festive. Great recipe, voted up, and everything else!

HubHugs~

K9


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hey Debby-making these cookies are fun when you have little helpers like these.

Hi JT-no problem! :)

Hi chanroth-I haven't tried the almond yet, I'll have to give it a shot.

K9-you think they are cute in the photos? You should experience their energy and cuteness in real life! LOL I spent the weekend in Michigan on retreat, but broke away twice for a quick visit. Fun, fun, fun! HubHugs to you.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Hi Denise.

I am in the middle of making these as I type you this note. It is really easy and fun. I hope I got all the measurements right. I am entertaining a guest and these are perfect with apple cider.

I'll let you know how they turn out.

Great recipe!!

JT


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi JT--I've been off hubpages for several days while I worked...how did they turn out? Good, I hope! I think I will make a batch this week for my house.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Hi Denise,

I think I made the balls to big and I should have actually let the dough settle over night because my cakes came out kind of flat but really delicious. Thank you so much for sharing. If you know what I did wrong please let me know.

Thanks again for sharing this wonderful tradition.

JT


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

JT-thanks so much for trying these-yes, you were supposed to chill the dough for at least one hour before making the balls! Oh dear, I'm glad they were still delicious.

I make the balls very small, about a quarter of the size of my palm. Thanks again-I bolded out that part. :)


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Thanks!!

:)

JT


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

No problem. :) Glad you liked them.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Making the dough tonight and baking them tomorrow!! Yum yum!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These sound delicious! Thanks for the recipe!


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Denise, these Russian Tea Cakes will be on my Christmas table. Thanks for the recipe!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Denise, how glad I am to find this recipe for Russian Tea Cakes! My aunt used to make these at Christmas every year, and making them will bring back happy memories of Christmas at her house! I'm sure my granddaughter will enjoy making them with me, and sharing a pot of tea, too! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas!


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JimmieWriter 4 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

My mom and I made some of these last week on our Christmas baking day. We call them Mexican wedding cookies. Who knows why? :-) Yummy and always a favorite in Christmas goodie baskets.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Cara-didn't make any this year , boo hoo, so save one or two for your mom. :) Thanks again for the share. It is amazing.

Hi Susan-thanks for reading They are delicious

Kristine M-I'm sure you will enjoy them. Let me know how they turn out. Thanks for commenting.

Stephanie-glad that it was so useful for you. I left a longer comment for you on the other hub :)

Hi Jimmie-sounds very similar. I also know there is one called the Italian wedding cookie-similar, but not quite the same. Thanks for your comments.


stessily 4 years ago

Denise, For some reason baking cookies has never been my strong point! I'd love to try your recipe some time, so I might just give cookies another chance to turn out in my kitchen.

Kind regards, Stessily


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I hope you do try this recipe, Stessily. It's not difficult and they are very tasty. :)


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

MY GOD, THERSE LOOK SO GOOD....

I have a sweet tooth, and it looks like it needs attention. Russian Tea Cakes, just what the doctor ordered!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Haha-I know you have a sweet tooth-how are those walnut brownies treating you? LOL Thanks for reading and if you ever do get around to making these yummy cookies, ENJOY!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

These look yummy Denise! And the ingredient list looks pretty simple. I am a real walnut fiend so I am sure I will love these :o)


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Danette Watt 3 years ago from Illinois

Love these! Made some to send to CJ overseas and always make some each year for Sue, that's my main xmas gift to her each year. Going to make mine next week. Voted up and gave it 5 stars b/c I know from personal experience these are awesome cookies!


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Looks delicious and your grandkids are adorable. Have pinned to try and voted up and shared all over!!


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Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Russian Tea Cakes sous great! Pinning...


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Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I'm making these for sure, they look great and easy, and I have all the ingredients on hand! Up and shared!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Denise, I enjoyed reading this and looking at those adorable children. This recipe is the same as Snow Balls, I think. I make those every Christmas, cause we all love them. Check out my Hub " Snow Balls, the kind you eat", and see if you don't think it's the same. Some people call these Bridal Cookies, too.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

What a delicious recipe that literally makes my mouth water.


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

These sound delicious! Unfortunately, I am so bad at cookies that I can't even make the Pillsbury dough! But I will happily pass this hub along to my sister, who has a magical touch when it comes to cookies!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Wow, what a wonderful batch of cookies. I have tasted these before and they are so light and delightful. Thanks for showing us how it is done. Love how your kids enjoy the recipe activity.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

These look absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing them.....a wonderful batch of cookies for this season! Thanks for sharing, and I'm keeping this, passing on and pinning.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

These sound simple. I think I will give it a try. Can they be made without walnuts though.? I can't have walnuts. Are they still good without them?


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Jools-these are super simple, especially if you have a food processor that chops the nuts for you. And, they're delicious.

Danette-I'm so glad that this family recipe from mom is still going strong. Thanks for the 5 star rating.

Janine-thanks-I think my grandkids are adorable too, hee hee. Seriously, thank you for sharing it. I hope you get a chance to make these. They're super easy and so delicious.

Anamika-nice to see you. Thanks for the Pinn-Try them, you'll enjoy them. :) Happy Holidays.

Sherry-great! let me know how they turn out. (I made 4 dozen with one set of dough in one afternoon).

Hi Mary-I'll check out your snowballs. I always think that is what they look like! Thanks for your comments.

Hello breakfastpop-try 'em, you'll like 'em! Guaranteed.

Sharkey11- I have just one word to say to you: Practice. Yes, I did not start out doing great in the kitchen. I still majorly goof up recipes and have to toss them out (or give them to the dog, ha ha). But, it takes confidence, which is what it seems you are lacking. Don't be the sister who can't. Be the sister who couldn't and did! Best to you. It's only dough. . . give it a whirl. (and if you have questions along the way email me.)

Hi Dianna-This is my favorite Christmas cookie b/c it brings back such great memories of my mom. I'm grateful that this is now third generation in the making.

Hi midget-thanks for sharing and Pinning. :) Happy Holidays to you.

Barbara Kay-you as the cook have the right to improvise based on your allergies. Is it all nuts that you are allergic to? Skip that step and enjoy the cookie sans nuts. If it is just walnuts, substitute a pecan instead. Best wishes to you and please come back and tell me how they turned out and if you enjoyed them. :)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Yum! And they look so fun to make!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Audrey-these are so simple to make, even children can do it! ha ha. And, they are scrumptious. Hope you give them a try.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Russian Tea Cakes great recipe and look so delicious


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

They are yummy. Almost made a batch last week, but did not get around to it. :( Hope you give it a try, it isn't hard.

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