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My Favorite Christmas Cookie; The Russian Tea Cake

Updated on October 27, 2014

Is it a Russian Tea Cake or a Mexican Wedding Cake?

As a child growing up in a home with a working Mom I treasure up the memories of our special 'mommy and me' times together.

One of those memories is making Russian Tea Cakes every Christmas.

These delicacies are also called Mexican Wedding Cookies, but I always knew them as Russian Tea Cakes.

My favorite memory of making these cookies, besides the smells flowing through the kitchen, was licking my fingers at the end, which by this time was loaded with confectioners sugar. YUM!!!

These memories are as fresh as though it were yesterday and every Christmas brings the same memories for me.

Share with us some of your favorite holiday treats and I hope you enjoy the stroll down memory lane.

This recipe below for Russian Tea Cakes is what my mother provided for me as a child to create these tasty treats. This recipe came from the back of a box of Domino Confectioners Sugar.

There are always variations to any recipe and this one is no different. But this is the recipe that I followed each Christmas while baking with my Mom in the kitchen.

Feel free to create your own variations, come and share with us and happy baking.

Serving Size

Serves: 5 Dozen approx


  • 1 Cup Soft Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 1/4 Cup Sifted Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 Cup chopped Pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix together butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla.
  3. Sift together in separate bowl the flour and salt.
  4. Stir in pecans
  5. Combine all ingredients together until you get a doughy mixture.
  6. Form mixture into 1" balls.
  7. Place about 2" apart on baking sheet
  8. Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until delicately brown.
  9. While still warm, roll cookie in powder sugar in shallow dish.
  10. Let cool and roll again.
  11. Yields approx 5 dozen.
  12. Store with loose cover

How to Make Russian Tea Cakes

Watch this video of just how easy it is to make these tasty sure to watch to the very end to see WHY these are such a favorite.

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A Cookie of Many Names - Would the Real Cookie Please Stand Up!

While creating this page I came across several different names for these delicious cookies. I knew them as either Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes but now find out that there are several different names for these delicious little melt in your mouth treats.

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Do You Have a Christmas Cookie Memory?

Christmas is always a special time of the year but flies too fast. Regardless the memories live forever in us and carried on to our children. I hope you enjoy my little walk down memory lane with my time with my Mom. I would love to hear your stories as well.

Please share with us in the comment section below one of your favorite Christmas cookie memory. Is it a memory of how similar our stories are or 'Wow! I never thought of that', we want to hear.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a quick visit. Happy cookie baking (or buying) this upcoming holiday season!!!

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      One of my favorite cookies. I try not to eat them if I'm wearing black because of the powdered sugar, but I usually give in anyway.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 3 years ago

      I don't remember any special cookie making for Christmas. We opened our gifts but I don't think we ate anything special.

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      @favored: Mother and I went looking for the recipe just this past Christmas through her old recipe book I remembered cooking from but found them listed as 'butter balls'. I'll have to go back and list it under the 'cookie with many names'. I loved your spin as well and will get it listed. Thx for visiting.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      You were right, I had no idea that these cookies had so many names. It's so funny. Here we have been eating the same sort of cookies all over the world and all think they are unique. I do like the spin people put on them to make them their own :)

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      These Russian Tea Cake cookies looks great!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Oh I love these cookies yumm...we always made them at Christmas...we called them Viennese, mom would put Rum in then at times.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Thse look delicious. In Austalia we are not big cookie eaters as we go more the rich fruit cakes and what are called fruit pies. It's very hot here at Xma so simple light food easy to prepare and digest is best. Hugs

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Soon there will be some Russian Tea cake memories in our family, because we just have to try making them!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I don't believe I have ever tried Russian tea cakes. They sound easy enough to make. Thank you for sharing the recipe :) Blessed

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      YUM! They look like what we call a "kuchen" in our household. We only make them around Christmastime.

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      Rachel Field 6 years ago

      I've never heard of these beore but they sound delicious!

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      MamaRuth 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to try it. (I love Danish wedding cookies, but haven't ever tried to make them. I always buy them at Christmas.)

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      My favorite Christmas cookie of all time! Wonderful lens.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      My daughter spent last year in Russia and I think I will make these for her this Christmas. They look wonderful!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Baking for sure, Russian Tea Cakes this holiday season!

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      I love these little "tea cakes"! I actually remember eating them with Russian friends after liturgy, but they called them "Mexican wedding cakes." Funny, huh? I guess they must have been quoting the recipe books where they found directions.