These Russian Tea Cakes are perfect Christmas or Thanksgiving cookies made with honey and powdered sugar, then rolled in more powdered sugar.
Mom’s Russian Tea Cakes Recipe
The first thing my mom let me make as a kid were these Russian Tea Cakes.
I remember standing on a chair at the counter beside her when I was four or five years old as she showed me how to mix these little tea cakes up and bake them.
I loved rolling them in the powdered sugar almost as much as I enjoyed eating them.
If you’re unfamiliar with Russian Tea Cakes, don’t be misled by the title.
You will love how these little puffs of sweetness are delightful little cookies rolled in powdered sugar and perfect for your Christmas dessert table.
They’re also so easy to make that even the smallest of helpers can take part!
Ingredients for Simple Sweet Tea Cakes
- Unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- Powdered sugar
- Seasoning: salt, vanilla extract
How to Make Snowball Cookies
The keyword for this recipe is “sweet”!
To make them, simply roll a one inch ball of dough using a cookie scoop.
Bake for a few minutes, then roll them in powdered sugar while they’re still warm.
The recipe SHOULD make 12-15 tea cakes… depending on how many samples you and your little helpers snuck in.
Enjoy the sweet memories!
Other Sweet Treats to Enjoy –
- Easy Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Donuts
- Andes Mint Chocolate Swirl Cookies
- Butterscotch Cowboy Cookies
- Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars
- Sturdy Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
- Cinnamon Sugar Bear Paws
- Granny Grandma’s Old Fashioned Cookies
Mom’s Russian Tea Cakes
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbs. honey
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup plus 2 Tbs. flour
- more powdered sugar for rolling the tea cakes in, before and after baking
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the margarine and powdered sugar with the honey, salt, and vanilla. Stir in the flour, working until the ingredients come together to make a soft dough.
- Portion the dough into 1” balls, rolling each one in powdered sugar and placing them onto a greased cookie sheet, about 2” apart.
- Bake tea cakes, uncovered, on the center oven rack for 12-14 minutes, until the bottom of each tea cake is nicely browned.
- Remove the tea cakes from the oven, letting them rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes; roll each tea cake in powdered sugar once more while still warm, then place them onto a cooling rack until fully cooked.
- Store tea cakes in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze for up to 6 months. Dough freezes well, too.
- Makes 12-15 tea cakes, depending on the size of the balls….and how much of the dough you “sample”.